Intro Level – Music & Acoustics Technology

Kit #6: Piano Synthesizer Kit

electronics parts for piano synthesizer

Piano midi synthesizer kit

You’ll receive everything you need to get started on your piano MIDI synthesizer kit. Soldering is required for this project. 

printed circuit board

Learn about audio engineering

You’ll learn about various hardware components that make this kit work and play a variety of sounds – including ones you create. 

piano keyboard kit

Play a song, make a beat

Once you piece together your piano MIDI synthesizer, you’ll understand the fundamentals of audio engineering. 

About this Project

Have a favorite song? or DJ? Ever wonder how music artists come up with those cool, catchy tunes? This project will guide you through soldering, assembling, and programming the Arduino MIDI Controller kit – a cool, fun synthesizer that can play a variety of sounds. MIDI stands for Music Instrument Digital Interface – it is a technical standard or protocol used for a variety of electronic musical instruments; it is found in most keyboards.  The end result will allow you to play general sounds on your computer. You’ll also be able to create your own sounds, too! 

On-demand lessons:  A monthly subscription to Thimble includes access to our learning portal which contains step-by-step lessons to help you build your project at your own pace.  Lessons contain pre-recorded videos, pictures, and written instruction. 

Live classes: A monthly subscription also includes live weekly classes taught by accredited STEM teachers. Classes are twice a week for 60 minutes and are conducted on Zoom. Live classes cover intermediate and advanced material not covered in our on-demand lessons and are a nice way to extend the life of your kit with dozens of hands-on activities . Upon subscribing, you will receive an email with instructions to sign up for live classes. 

Sampling a class: Not sure about live classes? No worries! Please send us a note at support@thimble.io if you’d like to observe a class before you commit to a subscription. 

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