love hultén's 'bivalvia' is a small toy synthesizer in a handmade wooden box

love hultén's 'bivalvia' is a small toy synthesizer in a handmade wooden box

swedish designer love hultén’s ‘bivalvia’ is a small toy synthesizer named after shell mollusks for its shape. hidden in a handmade wooden box, the device unfolds like a clamshell to reveal six dial/fader controllers combined with 15 high-quality cherry MX keys — 12 MIDI notes in a chromatic scale, octave up/down and pitch shifting.



based on axoloti core, the open source hardware synth, the synthesizer has a stereo output on the back and a built-in full-range 15W speaker. combined with axoloti patcher software, a user-friendly and very graphic modular environment, bivalvia creates effects and sounds using oscillators (from subtractive to FM), filters, modulation, and much more. simply connect hultén’s creation to your computer via USB and start making sounds: build your own personal pitch bank and store it on the built-in SD card.


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

  • No output jack?

    Just a Thought says:
  • Nevermind, I see where you say there is an output jack on the back of the box. Very cool!

    Just a Thought says:

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