Traditional synthesizers can be intimidating to approach with all their knobs and sliders, and difficult for a beginner to understand. This project aims to provide a fun and addicting way to mess around with a couple different waveforms and explore creative and strange musical ideas. With only 4 buttons, and 2 analog inputs, interacting with the Moon Germs synthesizer and creating sound is really simple. Simply press down the "play" button and move your hand around relative to the IR sensor. Cycle through various waveforms with button 2, and switch octaves with buttons 3 & 4. For a "fatter" sound, apply force to the trigger to detune oscillator 2. The 8x8 display shows what type of waveform you're hearing, and dynamically speeds up or slows down with pitch.
For full details check out my github page for this project: https://github.com/friedpies/moon-germs