If you hate modern samplers with all their supposed fidelity, longing instead for the glitchy digital distortion of samplers past, a DIY project has brought you the sounds you love. “Where’s the Party At?” has been inspiring tingly sensations in digital lovers since I first wrote about it in September.

Now, the kit version is shipping. It’s a unique-looking combination of reliability and sonic unreliability, good open source design engineering and, as the creator puts it, a certain “crustiness.”

Apocryphal Feature List and General Horn-Tooting:

  • 8-bit max sample depth, 1-bit minimum.
  • 20kHz (or so, user adjustable) max sample rate, no minimum.
  • 512k SRAM, about 26 seconds (minimum) or sample time.
  • Big, versatile 6 button, 7 knob, 8 LED user interface. For Cavemen.
  • Even more big and versatile full MIDI control in and out capability. Fully sequenceable. For people who use Live and general bespectacled electronic music nerds.
  • Sample banking — multi-timbral recording, playback and audio processing across all banks.
  • Sample multiplication, XOR, ABS, and all sorts of other weird sample processing and cross-modulation.
  • Real time overdubbing.
  • Preferences saved in permanent memory.
  • Hackable analog clock source which can be syncronized to other synths.
  • Non-Hackable crystal clock source which will always do Exactly What You Tell it.
  • Programmable clock jitter, bit rate reduction, aliasing, and sample clock errors all adjustable in real time.
  • All the normal backwards masking and half time and typical sampling features common to many commercial samplers.
  • On-The-Fly Granular reconstruction of samples.
  • Full pitch control of samples.
  • Self test mode for debugging.
  • 2.8Hz-357kHz frequency response (measured).
  • Sub-audible noise floor.
  • Looks nerdy and attracts people with stringy hair. Possibly bad skin.

Details on this kit, plus a video sampler version made for a specific party here in NYC, at creator Todd Bailey’s site:


Updated: Complete information on the kit itself, at US$75 – Some Assembly Required (read: you’d better have a soldering iron handy and know how to use it!)

Where’s the Party At, Hardware Version 1.01

I also love the bag of shiny hardware for aiding in making yours nice!


  • wow, this looks amazing. is there a video somewhere to get an impression how it works and sounds? couldn't find something … so curious ::)

  • I sooo want one of these!

  • Rex Rhino

    Yeah, I checked out the website… they have instructions for building it, but not instructions for using it.

  • I want this for the name alone, and if anyone asks me to show them what it does I'll just say I hurt my hand or something.

    Can I get a witness?!

  • friesandgravy

    is anyone else not getting any audio at all in the video posted in peter's original september article?

  • tobamai


    Oh yeah, that circuit is bad. It's been a naughty sampler.

  • 4lefts

    @friesandgravy – yeah, but the same vid is hosted on the where's the party site. tbh, i think he could do a wAAAAy better vid than that. this kit looks teh seks.

  • spazmatron

    I'm also very interested. We need to see a good demo of this thing in action!

  • Very cool, I just picked up a Roland JS-20 8bit sampler and I'm loving the sounds you can get out of it.

  • looks awesome

  • That looks cool, I wish I had the time right now to build one!

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  • lekvar

    I've been following this since the first link, checking in at the site every couple of days or so. I'm hoping that it can replace my old, falling-apart Mirage, but I get the impression that WTPA? is more of a phrase-looper, like the first Kaoss Pad.

    Either way, I'm getting one.

  • mitchell

    I went to the lecture/event Sunday with Todd- funny guy, really nice. And the WTPA sampler is pretty dope!

  • lekvar

    Can you give us a rundown on what the little beast can do?

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  • Hannsg Logitech

    If you did more emulator III like it would be cooler. Why no 8-16mb and adjustable bit (1-16)&sample rate (10k-44,1k)?

  • Hannsg Logitech

    If you did more emulator III like it would be cooler. Why no 8-16mb and adjustable bit (1-16)&sample rate (10k-44,1k)?

  • Hannsg Logitech

    Don’t get me wrong. I’ll give it a try, but just some ideas for version 2..

  • Hannsg Logitech

    Don’t get me wrong. I’ll give it a try, but just some ideas for version 2..