Richie Hawtin and Erica Synths create the Bullfrog

The new semi-modular synthesizer features an analog oscillator, loopable attack-release envelopes, a built-in delay effect, and a sample-and-hold circuit.

Photo credit:  Liam Simmons

Erica Synths and Richie Hawtin have collaborated to create a new semi-modular synthesizer called the Bullfrog. The instrument was created to engage and motivate both young learners and professionals alike. It blends the excitement of electronic music creation with an all-encompassing educational experience.

This compact synthesizer features an analog oscillator capable of blending a sine wave, pulse wave, and noise, as well as two loopable attack-release envelopes and a built-in delay effect. A sample-and-hold circuit, shape control, FM rate, and built-in speaker are also included. Swappable voice cards will be available, which can either create internal patches or provide new sounds and features such as a five-step sequencer, high-pass filter, short sampler, or acid bassline generator.

Whether someone’s experience with Bullfrog points them down a career in electronic music or not, our goal is to both nurture a passion for electronically produced sounds and promote a fun, easy learning path into basic sound synthesis,” says Richie.

The new synth was showcased at the Sónar festival in Barcelona and is set to be released in August via

You can learn more about the Bullfrog here.

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