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Crowdfunding Corner: Fret Zeppelin, Tiny-TS Synth, GA1.1 Amp, Skein Modular synth cases, Simplemute

Laura  Barnes
Crowdfunding Corner: Fret Zeppelin, Tiny-TS Synth, GA1.1 Amp, Skein Modular synth cases, Simplemute

MI Pro checks out the latest musical instrument projects looking for backers, or recently funded, on popular crowdsourcing sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo.


The Fret Zeppelin is a digital training tool that fits right onto the neck of a guitar to help guitarist learn chords and songs. The device fits underneath the stings of any full-sized guitar and uses lights to teach you how to play.

The decide promises to help you play song intuitively, not just one note or chord at a time. The makers also boast that the Fret Zeppelin can ever help you play through an entire song on the first try.
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There’s an accompanying app that shows you chords and tabs, helps you tune the guitar and allows you to adjust the colour and pattern of the LED lights on the device.

The Fret Zeppelin has already received more than double its $48,000 pledge goal, but there’s still a couple of weeks left to get involved and take advantage of the pledge rewards on offer over at the Fret Zeppelin Kickstarter page.


The Tiny-TS is certainly tiny. In fact, it’s as small as a credit card (100x65mm). The synthesizer is fully open-sourced and has a 1-octave capacitive touch keyboard.

The synth is built on the ATmega328 MCU. It runs on a 6 – 12v (9v battery) but can run off a 3v as well – but the CV 1v/oct output is dependent on a 5v supply to the chip.

The synthesizer parameter knobs includes:
DCO: Coarse pitch and Double. The CV out follows the keyboard and coarse pitch.
DCF: Filter peak and ENVmod.
ENV: Attack and Release affecting amplitude.

The Tiny-TS already smashed its funding goal by 162% at the end of December. Head over to the synthesizer’s Indiegogo page to keep up to date with the development of the Tiny-TS.


The GA1.1 is a 200-watt guitar amplifier that can be picked up with one hand.

Created by Hong Kong-based Headache Sound Electronics, the GA1.1 offers high-voltage tube distortion that can fit into a backpack.

The GA1.1 uses full analogue circuitry in the pre-amp section. Equipped with two 12AX7 and one 12AY7 tubes, it provides everything from crispy clean to aggressive distortion tones for any style of music.

The amp is just over half way to its HK$ 180,000 goal, but there’s still over a week left to get involved over at the GA1.1 Kickstarter page.


Skein Modular is a new line of finely crafted modular Eurotrack synthesizer cases.

The firm is able to make solid walnut frames to match any system, not matter how big or small.

The cases are built by hand and have a dynamic player interface and gives users the ability to leave their system patched between venues.

Skein Modular is looking for a $5,000 pledge goal for the project and there is still a week left to get involved. Head over to the synth case makers Kickstarter page for more information.


The Simplemute is an affordable and efficient way to allow your guitar to make different sounds, says creator Jonathan Just.

This simple guitar mute fits between the strings of your guitar to dampen the sound.

Each Simplemute can be placed in between two guitar strings to dampen them both, meaning guitarist can choose to mute all of their strings, or select particular ones to dampen to create textured tones on one guitar.

Simplemute is looking for a pledge goal of $1,000 and there’s still plenty of time to get involved over at the product’s Kickstarter page.

Tags: new gear , kickstarter , Crowdfunding Corner , indiegogo , crowdfunding , Fret Zeppelin , Tiny-TS synth , GA1.1 amp , Skein Modular , Simplemute

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