MPA Things and MakeKits
You make your own custom devices from the MPA Tiles of your choice – or simply go with our MakeKits which contain all modules and cables you require to build one specific cool thing!
What is a MPA Thing?
MPA “Things” are devices you build with Tiles and our MakeHaus enclosure. You can build Things in many different ways, with form factor and housing profiles unique to your needs. But moreover, MPA Things represent more than hardware – they represent a grand idea: modular building blocks that you combine to provide flexible solutions in agile ways.
It’s the logical next step for the networked age we live. It presents an exciting user-determined future and a practical alternative to the mono-use-designed, conventional products of today.
What is so truly great about it?
Consider your smartphone. It is an application neutral device. You install many apps on your phone that all perform specific functions. In fact, one device serves many purposes. No wonder smartphones have replaced many fixed-purpose devices such as cameras, calculators, music players and GPS navigation devices.
Smartphones and the networks they run on have changed our lives in remarkable ways. In similar ways, we believe audio equipment that is application neutral and networked will change your music making experience for the better in many satisfying ways!
How so? – Let’s look as a few examples on how this will make a real difference to you:
Example 1 – One plus One makes Two
Combining MPA Things is as simple as plugging them via USB into the same Compute Tile – when you want to, the way you want to. The same goes for MPA Synth, Mixer and Control devices. Combining multiple GLUE Compute Tiles in the network is just as natural. The modular nature of MPA Things enables the amazing and unparalleled scalability of the MPA Platform.
Example 2 – Non-Obsolescence
Frequently conventional gear is replaced or discarded because it is too large or too small or simply lacking certain desired features. The application neutral and modular nature of MPA Things as well as their inherent scalability lets your Network of Things grow or change with your needs!
Example 3 – Re-purposing and Agile Workflows
The same MPA Mixer device which doubles as your audio interface at home may serve you as a mixer when you play on stage. The same MPA Control device used for your live performances becomes your mixer during production.
How many different Things are there?
Thanks to its modular Lego-like building block design, there are always more possible configurations than you can image.
MPA Things for:
Control – featuring Control Tiles like motorized faders, encoder and LED buttons plus anything your Arduino can do!
Mixing– featuring Audio Tiles like latest generation multi-core DSPs, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion Tiles; audio interfaces including USB and Audio over IP
Synth – featuring specialized sound synthesizers like Dino Park the World’s best sounding maker board or other embeddable synthesis engines, commercial or community.
Certainly you can also build devices that combine multiple disciplines! Nothing stops you from building more conventional “all in one box” concepts – where integration and ergonomic design are key to easy portability.
We plan to announce and ship a longish list of MakeKits during 2019. The first available MakeKit will be the Dino Park Synth – featuring impressively faithful replicas of three legendary synthesizer classics from the 1970ies.
You may be wondering why we use such funny names for our MakeKits? Many of us grew up with LEGO® and we still embrace and revere the fun, endless possibilities and inspired feelings that came with the endless hours spent in play. It just seemed natural, given our affection for the legendary building block system that MakeKit names come from that LEGO®universe. We remain curious…. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
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