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MEP EP#176: Some Impedance or Whatever – Nick Chelyapov with Bitty

Podcast Notes

Nick Chelyapov

  • A freelance Interactive Art Director and Graphic Designer
  • Born in Moscow, Russia and raised in Los Angeles, California
  • Nick has worked on a wide variety of art direction and graphic design projects
  • Nick started Bitty, a pocket drum machine, 3 and a half years ago
  • “I think the edge that I have to bring to a hardware product is graphic design”

What is the bitty?

  • Kickstarter project
  • A pocket drum machine
  • Specs on Bitty
    • Sine / square / saw / triangle waves (it’s all there, noise too.)
    • Sample playback – 16khz samples
    • Polyphony – 4 voices is easy, depending on the complexity of the patch, 8-16 voices is possible
    • Filters – Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, Notch
    • Patterns / Arpeggiation

How did you get into hardware design from graphic design?

  • Product look and feel
  • Process of iterations? What do you look for in the design?

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Nick Chelyapov of Curious Sound Objects and Bitty.

Nick Chelyapov of Curious Sound Objects and Bitty.

 

The Bitty pocket drum machine.

The Bitty pocket drum machine.

 

Illustration of the Bitty pocket drum machine labeling the functionality of the buttons and knobs.

Illustration of the Bitty pocket drum machine labeling the functionality of the buttons and knobs.

 

Owen Trueblood on the left did the first PCB design of the Bitty. Gavin Lund on the right working on the latest version of the Bitty.

Owen Trueblood on the left did the first PCB design of the Bitty. Gavin Lund on the right working on the latest version of the Bitty.


Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!