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MusikMesse2015 soundmachines coverage

Hi to everyone!

We are really happy to link here all the current press, blog and videos about our presence at the MusikMesse!!! interview, with a complete check of our product’s line!


and video:

For the german speaking, an article on


Tuesday Night Machines interview !


And CreateDigitalMusic hyperlapse!! (check us out at 1:04!)

Last but not least an interesting interview to the eurorack focused webzine    HERE


MusikMesse 2015: an insider report

Now that we have some spare time (?!?) we just want to put down some thoughts, pictures and impressions from the MM2015 in Frankfurt…

This was our first participation in one of the two big worldwide trade fairs that shows the present and the future of musical instruments… As many other expositor, we really got zero time to wander around and so, apart from the huge Schneider’s booth (You Like Synths?) , I really don’t have a clue where acoustic pianos, oboes or tubas are going in the near future…. 🙂

First of all a shout out to Andreas and the guys at Schneider’s that made this possible! I don’t really think there could be another way of gathering 30/40 modular manufacturers in the same spot, inside the same european fair! Other than that the support was flawless, from tons of screwdrivers to pints of (not always harmless) beverages. Caffeine and Absynth were the norm…

Herr Schneider building the booth!

Normal traffic


I described the mega-booth as a “sound and noise breathing monster”, pulsating with leds, lasers, miles of patch cables and a continuous flow of curious poeple or just plain nerds like us in search of the ultimate ‘hands on’ experience with those fascinating instruments that are getting more and more interest!

We met some old friends and a lot of new people! I personally had the pleasure to chat with the most part of the modular manufacturer designers and all of them have this particular light in the eyes, it’s called Passion, or Love, I reckon. As a pretty young brand, soundmachines is already well-known in the modular market and we are getting more and more recognised for our innovative take on modules!

This year the Musik Messe has been a blast for the modular scene… Small and (very) big manufacturers joined the bandwagon and unveiled lots and lots of modules! The biggest news probably came from Roland that not only presented its eurorack-compatible range of digital AIRA branded cv-able effects but also a line of system100 inspired full analog modules manufactured by Malekko nonetheless!! I had the pleasure to talk about this with Joshua and the details of the very secretive process were very interesting and entertaining!

This is also a recognition of the ’boutique’ builders from the big guys… and it’s not something that everyone expected!  You can see here a picture of the AIRA modular stuff with our BI1brainterface as a sparring partner in the Roland/Aira booth!!!!!!!!!!

pic of aira and brainterface

Soundmachines had a very interesting setup that captured the attention of everyone! we decided to show the potential of our new cases (the FMJ3) by using a multiple VESA mount so the cases were actually floating above the table surface and could be moved around easily and showed to the people. Many considered this a great change of ergonomics for the performing musician, normally hunched on a table full of gear!

We presented a couple of prototypes that made the press rounds quickly! The first is an heartrate to clock/cv interface. Called the HB1heartbeat, using a standard POLAR chest strap we detect the heart rate of the person wearing it and generate a GATE/CLOCK signal with the BPM of his/her heart! The module is currently under final development and we expect to start selling it in the summer!

The second one, the BA1breathalyzer, born as a joke more than a real product, got so much attention that will gain the market soon! We are developing a Breathalyzer to CV interface for eurorack!!  I would like to elaborate a little on this. The quantity of people blown (pun intended) away by the sheer absurdity and fun-factor of the BA1 was impressive and we basically tested-out all of our colleagues in the modular scene. I obviously won’t publicize the result as there could be shame involved! :)))))

And now a miscellanea of pictures, including a lot of selfies with the other manufacturers!   Enjoy the ride!

Mr.Jordan Rudess testing the BI1brainterface. Us with Fraptools cases, also from Italy!

Building the booth, and caffeine., Verbos, WMD, Herr Schneider, The Harvestman !

Herr Doepfer, Macbeth, Malekko, MakeNoise !

XAOC devices, Jagermeister FTW!!!! Herr Schneider working for us 🙂

See you next year!

BIbrainterface Limited Edition on sale from monday 29th!!!!!

BI1brainterface Limited Edition bundle is gone!

Please check the Product’s page where you can find the BI1brainterface in standard models (no individual numberm, headset and euro spare panel bundled, otherwise identical!)

Shipments will start on 15 Oct.
The bundle will include the assembled BI1brainterface Desktop, the Eurorack panel and the Neurosky Mindwave Mobile headset!
Ah! also CANDIES!!!!!!
The units will be numbered on a metal riveted plate!Pricing (including shipping, tracking and insurance):
Europe: 500€+VAT (call for VAT exempt)
US: 515€
Asia, Australia, rest of the planet and ISS: 525€
Orders will open at 19:00 UTC+2 on monday the 29th!! Grab one! We expect those first bundled units to sell like hotcakes!!!!!!!!!
On monday be ready with your browser on our website’s SHOP page!!!

MTV Digital Days 2014

We’ve been invited to the MTV Digital Days 2014 in Turin!

soundmachines was present at the Innovation Village with all of his modules and we presented the BI1brainterface, the first commercially available brainwaves to musical equipment interface! Hundreds of people tried it and had fun modulating sounds and lights with their brain!

Here, some pictures of the two days, including our interview for the MTV special that will air on 21/sept on MTV Music (DT 67) at 22:00 and more (

MTV troupe filming the interview. Gracious interviewer: Noemi !

The BI1brainterface, on sale from next week!

Claudio explaining the potentials of our BI1brainterface !

Noemi generates CV and MIDI messages with her brainwaves!

Our Setup.

The venue: La Venaria Reale in Turin, La Citroniera.

BI1brainterface is coming!

Dear All,

The BI1brainterface, brainwaves to midi/cv control of musical instruments (and more) is coming. The BI1brainterface is compatible with the Neurosky MindWaveMobile® headset.

The following is a quick render of the desktop version. There will be, of course, also the eurorack module!

BI1brainterface, brain activity to CV/MIDI interface.
The product release will see two different version: the eurorack module and the stand-alone desktop BI1brainterface. The interface will transmit to your equipment your EEG reading (8-band power spectrum) plus a couple of high level informations like Attention and Meditation.
Functionalities are shared 100% between the two and we designed the Desktop Edition to be used by the non-eurorack customers!
Those will include big format modulars, MIDI based equipment, and more…
Both products will have an integrated user interface with a graphic OLED display that allows ther use to configure the machine.
Smoothing of the signals, trigger threshold, additional algorithms, scaling, midi channel and cc for each output are completely configurable.
We did not forget the tinkerers that, adding to the voltage outputs, will enjoy the availability of an RS232 interface that outputs the values of the EEG readings OR could drive the DACs by sending serial commands.

We are testing the protoypes right now and starting the production, due on the second half of september. We are very excited about this new product and there will be many new materials online soon.

We just want to signal the first BI1brainterface performance that will be held inside the Acusmatiq 9.0 festival in Italy:

Happy Birthday soundmachines !!!

This is a very important day for soundmachines! Exactly one year ago, on the 8th of July 2013 we sold our first module.
We come a long way and, tough being a very young company, we already have hundreds of people around the world playing with our modules, giving us feedbacks and new ideas.
This is exciting, and it’s just the beginning!!!!!!!!!!
We are preparing lots of new stuff for you, and in the next months new modules will be put on the market!
We want to thank you, the customers, the supporters, the distributors, all the friends of this page and everyone who shares our passion.
Made In Italy, with a Lot of Love.