Calling it “the first hackable do-it-yourself synth for the rest of us,” Keyboard Magazine gives the MeeBlip SE its coveted Key Buy award.

Francis Preve, writing for Keyboard, is also quick to point out that “open” doesn’t mean “for hackers only.” Instead, being open source is “an ongoing exercise in refinement … ready for prime time—even if you don’t want any aspect of your musical life to involve holding a soldering iron or writing code.”

The sound is “a tasty blend of analog style subtractive synthesis and digital grunge … What makes the MeeBlip cool—and a part of my synth arsenal—is that it doesn’t sound like anything else I own.”

Verdict:

“If you want a truly unique digital synth that can deliver grit, grunge, and grime—while sporting a set of features familiar to keyboard players— the MeeBlip SE truly deserves a closer look … a terrific value and a total Key Buy.”

But don’t take our word for it; read the full review online:
Create Digital Music / Reflex Audio MeeBlip SE [Keyboard Magazine]

Working with Francis Preve as a reviewer was a pleasure. In fact, testing an earlier revision, Francis discussed revisions that led to the SE firmware he reviewed for the magazine. It was terrific to get outside feedback in our development process.

We’d love to get you a MeeBlip SE if you don’t have one. Do come ‘Blip with us:

http://meeblip.com/get-one/

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  3. Mark Powell

    Hi Peter,
    Is it deliberate that shipping to the UK is free if you buy the Quick Build kit, but $21 if you buy the Build it Yourself option?  It ends up in the bizarre situation where it's cheaper to buy the more expensive kit.  I'd enjoy getting my solder on, but not if it costs more money!

    Thanks,
    Mark.

  4. jgrahame

    I'm going to write a post about the economics of kits later this year. The DIY kit is actually *more* expensive to produce, because (a) it sells in smaller numbers and (b) it requires quite a bit of expensive labor to put together the parts cards and package everything. In contrast, the pre-built board is assembled in batches of one or two hundred using surface mount parts and automated pick & place machines.

    We offer the DIY kit because a small minority really enjoys putting kits together and they lobbied very hard for a full kit version. It's priced lower simply because people believe that it *should* be less expensive. In fact, when we first announced it I received several irate emails from potential buyers who felt that it should sell for half the price of the assembled version.

    So, yeah, only the SE is on sale. We can't afford to sell the DIY version at an even greater discount.

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