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Flash sequencers like this one were one of our favorite time-wasters of 2009, but they’ve been remarkably slow making their way to the tangible world. The first big step was the Tenori-On, but the thousand dollar price tag and cryptic controls were enough to scare away the casual fiddler market.

The Bliptronic (hat tip) offers a fifty dollar version of the same, putting it well in the reach of less ambitious bleepsters. The controls should be familiar to internet denizens, and—should you be struck with a flash of inspiration—there’s all manner of fun to be had by hooking multiple models up together, running them through effects modules, or even a little light circuit-bending. It’s definitely on the lo-fi end of things, but that’s just part of the charm.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom