HackSpace magazine

Cumbia is a quite brilliant genre of music originally from Colombia, and now popular throughout Latin America. This drum machine by Oficina de Sonido, with graphic design by Yeffry Ruta Mare and screen printing by Los Laberintos, is the sound of cumbia in a box – an open-source hardware box.

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It has just four sounds: kick, güiro, cow-bell, and conga, with pitch control for cow-bell and conga. Great big click buttons remind you that you’re playing a musical instrument, not programming a machine. More than anything, we love the effort that has clearly gone into this build.

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