Luminth Orbiter software updates and FAQ

Many Luminths have reached their destinations in several countries around the world. Thanks to everyone who has provided early feedback!

A couple of announcements for Luminth Orbiter users:

  • We have updated Luminth Orbiter. As of this writing, the current version is 1.02. The latest software can be obtained by returning to the Gumroad download page. We will continue to update the software to fix any bugs that are found. Please check out the the Orbiter version history for more details.
  • We have created a Luminth FAQ. Please do not hesitate to send us your questions.

If you missed the Kickstarter project and would like to purchase a Luminth, please visit our new Gumroad shop.

Luminth Production Update

Here are some developments from the Luminth project:

  • Kickstarter backer payments were successfully processed. (If you missed the Kickstarter project, the Luminth can still be purchased via PayPal.)
  • We have acquired all of the electronic components needed to build the Luminth PCBs (images below).
  • PCB fabrication and assembly have been arranged and will take place here in the United States.
  • The Luminth album has been completed.  We’re getting the download mechanism set up and will post more info soon.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for reading!

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Luminth Production and Secondary Purchase Option

The Luminth Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded last night! Luminth production will begin as soon as the Kickstarter funds clear. We’ll be documenting the process here at nthsynth.com, and also on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

For those that missed the Kickstarter, we have created a Luminth PayPal checkout page. All purchases will be included in the initial Luminth production run.

Thanks for reading!

Luminth Kickstarter Project Concludes Thursday, June 13

Kickstarter funding for the Luminth wraps up this week! If you have a friend that likes making music, this would be an excellent time to share a link to the project. Thank you for your support!

We’ve received some requests for additional Luminth Orbiter audio, so Kevin has posted two preview tracks from the Luminth album ($10 Kickstarter reward) on SoundCloud:

Thank you for reading!  We’re looking forward to getting underway with the next phase of the project.

Luminth Generative Music System Now on Kickstarter!

The Luminth Generative Music System is available for purchase on Kickstarter.com from now until June 13, 2013.

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Click, turn, push+turn. Use the Luminth to generate melodies, percussive grooves, and ambient soundscapes. Make dramatic changes to the music with a single click. Dive deeper to make refined, subtle adjustments. Or let the software work autonomously to create music that morphs over time.

LuminthOrbiter

Luminth and Luminth Orbiter are for everyone who enjoys creating music. Beginners can start playing immediately: no musical training is necessary. Experienced musicians will enjoy a new approach to making music.

Luminth Orbiter can be used to:

  • Generate new melodic and rhythmic ideas
  • Play relaxing music at the end of a long day
  • Create ambient sounds for a space or gathering
  • Foster a child’s interest in creating music
  • Make soundtracks for film or video

Thanks for reading!

Luminth Kickstarter Launches Thursday, May 16, 2013

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The Luminth is a minimalist USB control peripheral. To use the Luminth, simply click, turn, and push+turn. The Luminth changes color with the music.

Luminth Orbiter is a generative music software application. Make dramatic changes to the music with a single click. Dive deeper to make refined, subtle adjustments. Or, let Orbiter work autonomously to create music that morphs over time.

The Luminth is the best way to control Luminth Orbiter software, but Orbiter is fully functional with or without the Luminth.

The Luminth and Luminth Orbiter will be available for purchase at 12:01AM EST on Thursday, May 16. Check nthsynth.com on Thursday for a link to the Kickstarter project page and purchasing information.

Shipped.

We shipped the NTH and NTH PCB Kickstarter rewards between July 23 and July 31. The t-shirt rewards were shipped on August 1.

There are still four unclaimed NTH PCB rewards. We can’t ship them because we have not received a backer survey or shipping address from the backer. If you purchased an NTH PCB but have not received a shipment notice from us, please contact us as soon as possible.

We have uploaded the backer list and NTH Design Source Package for public download. The design source package contains all of the files needed to build an NTH from scratch.

If you haven’t already, please join the NTH Google Group. This is the best place to discuss the NTH and share NTH-related tracks and video.

Finally, special thanks to NTH backer Mike M. for sharing a video of the youngest NTHesist to date:

Thanks again for backing the NTH. Thanks for reading

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Production Prototypes Complete. Rocker Switches Backordered.

Yesterday we received two “first article” production NTH PCBs from Screaming Circuits.  These are the first NTH PCBs not hand-assembled by us.  The boards look and work great.  This is an important step because it validates our BOM and proves the ability of the assembler to manufacture the board to our spec.

Acrylic panels for the production enclosures are being produced in batches.  Approximately 35% of the panels are complete.  Here is a video of the two first article NTHs in production enclosures alongside the two previous prototypes.  We’re having a bit of fun chaining together all 4 NTHs to create a synced “NTH ensemble”.

We have completed our order of electronic components for bulk production.  In our possession are six boxes full of ICs, switches, pots, sliders and other parts in an assortment of reels, tapes, trays and bags.

We have received all of the production components except for, unfortunately, the rocker switches used in the design (NKK G12KP-YA).  The orginal April ship date provided by the distributor has been pushed back to June 25th.  We have contacted the switch manufacturer about the situation.  Since there is no stock available within North America, we have no choice but to wait for a shipment from the factory in Japan.

If we are lucky, the switches will be shipped sooner than the estimated date.  (We’ll keep our fingers crossed.)  In the meantime, we are planning to do whatever we can to minimize the impact of the switch backorder.  We may have the contract assembly done without the rocker switches.  Then we can complete the boards ourselves, immediately after the switches are delivered.

We are about to place the bulk order for production PCBs.  But because everything is gated by the availability of the rocker switches, we may not be able to begin shipping NTHs until late June or early July.  We appreciate your understanding and patience.  We will do our best to answer your questions and will post new information as the situation develops.

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