Circuit-Bending is the creative, chance-based customization of the circuits within electronic devices to create new musical or visual instruments and sound generators.
The CB-1 was born from a classic vintage instrument, the Casio SK-1, taken into the lab and circuit-bent. It was opened up, adding switches and hard-wiring new controls that transformed it into a tone monster. Once completed, it was multi-sampled into tube mic preamps. The switches and knobs caused the instrument to produce new textures, drones, and pitches. The brass and trumpet sounds that were produced were analyzed, mapped, tuned, and looped to create CB-1, a more flexible instrument in the digital realm. Additional flexibility was added: an AMP envelope, a Modulation envelope, 3 types of Filters, a Low Frequency Oscillator, and an effects engine with compression, distortion, chorus, delay, and reverb.
The CB-1 comes with over 100 patches and combinators, featuring a range of sound design to create music ranging from moody 80s soundtrack, video game chip, dubstep grime, afro funk, or anything in-between.