Teeny Tiny 8-bit synthesizer kit

Zeppelin Labs Macchiato Mini Synth + Cabinet Kit

£69.00 inc VAT

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The Macchiato Mini Synth is a fun, great-sounding, easy-to-use digital synthesizer that fits in the palm of your hand. Build it yourself from a fun and easy kit – soldering required. Make your own cardstock cabinet using the provided template (cardstock available separately), or get a shiny black acrylic cabinet kit.

Requires 9V DC power. Use a battery (not included) or pick up a plug-in power supply.

Power Req:

9V DC PSU or 9V battery

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The Macchiato Mini Synth is a versatile little 8-bit synthesizer you can build and mod yourself. It features a built-in 13-note capacitive-touch keyboard with 2-note polyphony, MIDI IN, and eight control knobs for shaping your sound.

The synth kit can be completed in an evening. It’s an easy build, suitable for ages as young as 13 (with supervision).


Capacitive Touch Keyboard, 13 keys, 2-note polyphony
MIDI IN to control your Macchiato with any MIDI device:
Responds to Pitch Bend, Modulation, Velocity, Volume and Portamento
Selectable MIDI Receive Channel
Wave Shape Select: Sine, Triangle, Saw, Square
4-Octave Shift: C2-C3 through C5-C6
Adjustable Attack & Release
LFO Shape Select: Sine, Saw, Ramp, Square
Adjustable LFO Rate, Depth and Cutoff Frequency
Volume Control
LED Power Indicator
1″ On-board Speaker
Audio Out — accepts 3.5mm (1/8”) TRS or TRRS male jack
ISP Header for PC connection (to upload software updates/mods)
Requires 9V DC power from battery or center-negative wall adaptor

Your kit comes with a template you can use to make your own cabinet from card stock or a cereal box. Optionally, you can use the shiny black acrylic cabinet kit (included in this kit). Finally, with some ingenuity, you could make your own cabinet or chassis, install the synth and apply the groovy Macchiato labels.


The Macchiato Mini-Synth incorporates the Mozzi Sound Synthesis Library for Arduino by Tim Barrass, and is covered by the Creative Commons Attribution / Non-Commercial / Share alike License.. The Macchiato code was written in the Arduino environment and is available open-source on the ZDL Updater App for PC page.