Turn everyday objects into musical instruments with the Automat Toolkit

dadamachines has launched a kickstarter campaign for the Automat Toolkit; a MIDI-controller that can turn everyday objects into musical instruments…

automat toolkit

Here’s the details in dadamachines’ own words.


“The automat toolkit is a plug & play MIDI-controller and accessories kit that allows anyone to build awesome music machines using the real world as their machines instrument.

“The automat toolkit is available as of March 29th for exclusive pre-order on Kickstarter.

What is dadamachines?
“dadamachines is a Berlin-based studio launching the automat toolkit, a MIDI-controlled music toolkit that allows anyone, regardless of music skill level, to turn the real world into their instrument.

“The core of the toolkit is the automat, an arduino-compatible plug-and-play MIDI-controller with 12 DC outputs. The automat can be used with your favourite music so ware or hardware. The toolkit includes the automat and a series of solenoid beaters that plug in to 12 outputs allowing you to tap, ping and knock on anything.

Tech Specs

  • automat controller
  • Connectivity
  • USB Midi
  • DIN Midi-In & Thru (Out option)
  • 12 DC Outputs (12-24V max. 1.3A)
  • External power supply 12-24V
  • Arduino shields & extension port


  • Simple learn mode >1 button click
  • Advanced learn mode


  • Anodized aluminium panel
  • Powder coated steel shell
  • Dimensions – 110 x 110 x 26mm

“Additionally, each toolkit comes with adapters & elements helping the users to get started easily.

Who is behind dadamachines?
“dadamachines is the project of Berlin-based Creative Technologist and DJ – Johannes Lohbihler. Johannes grew up in Bavaria, hailing from a line of seven generations of carpenters. Growing up among the Weilheim music scene that included acts such as the Notwist, Lali Puna and Acid Pauli – Johannes was interested in music from early on. He started DJing and found inspiration to bring together electronic music production and analog tools – combining his background as a cra sman and passion for music. During his masters studies in interaction design, Johannes began developing a simple plug-and-play kit that made music machines accessible to everyone – that project became dadamachines.”

Pricing and Availability:
The automat toolkit – M is available exclusively on Kickstarter for €399 and can be found here where you can also see it in action.