Dr. Bleep has updated the Thingamagoop, and it’s now called the Thingamagoop 2 (surprise surprise). It’s got new knobs and switches, gives you choice of a digital or analog oscillator, plus new options for the modulator.
The original Thingamagoop and Thingamakit are no longer available. The new Thingamagoop now replaces both. In theory, all the sounds of the original Thingamagoop should be possible on this, and then some.
Plus, the whole thing is driven by a Arduino (Atmel ATMega168, specifically) so you can reprogram it! In theory – I haven’t done it yet because the chip provided doesn’t have the Arduino bootloader on it, so you have to modify it – or swap chips, as I plan to do – before it is programmable. And I’m not entirely sure what my interest level is in changing the way it works, because it’s so frigging cool as it is. This thing has a lot of sounds in it.
I got one of the pre-Christmas Thingamagoop 2 kits (blue version) but only got around to building it over the last couple weekends. It goes together pretty easily. The instructions could use some improvement in a couple areas. And the pushbutton switch they use is heat-sensitive to the point of folly, so a good third of my build time was spent finding and installing a replacement. Which I like the looks of better, anyway.
If kit building is not your thing, you can get it pre-assembled as well. Or you can get one without a case and put it in any enclosure you like. it’s not super cheap, but it’s pretty darn cool.
(Sounds coming soon.)