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Bleep Labs Pico Paso

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The Pico Paso is an analog, light controlled, stepped tone noise synthesizer designed by Dr. Bleep.

It’s based on the concept of the Atari Punk synth, aka Forrest Mims’ stepped tone generator, but uses two triangle wave oscillators that can be combined or used separately. A wave shaper and square wave LFO are used to increase the aural ridiculousness.

It is offered built or as a kit that is great for beginners. If you have never soldered before, check out our soldereing 101 page. See the detailed instructions here.

How do you listen to it?

The Pico Paso has a 1/4″ mono output designed to be plugged it into any mixer, amp, USB interface, etc. Headphones will not work.

What are the SQU1 and 2 pads between the buttons for?

These are the square wave outputs of the main oscillators, allowing makers to use these signals along with the triangle waves. See the schematics for more info.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Oscillator(s)
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: Triangle
Osc Modulation: LFO, Optical, Oscillator
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Square
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Atonal
Modes: Mono
Case: Desktop
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Optical
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Year Released: 2010
MSRP List Price: $25 kit - convert
Retail Street Price: $40 built - convert

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