The name sucofunk was created back in the 1990s, when Marc envisioned a new musical genre. As he had (and still has) no skills in playing any instruments besides the drums, that genre is still a hidden dream.
Suco is the brazilian-portuguese word for juice and funk – you guessed it – a musical genre.
During the years there have been a lot of ideas to re-use the name for something else. With a passion for crystal clear ice-cubes, there were plans for a ice-cube-try company and some other crazy ideas but nothing seemed right for the name.
During the first wave of the covid 19 pandemic, Marc was stuck at home with his family. To make the best out of it – because boredom is never an option – he started bringing his DIY skills to the next level. Which skills were lacking? Creating more advanced 3D models for his 3D printing passion and there was always the plan to design a printed circuit board. Some weeks later these skills were on a level to test them with a real project and not just re-creating things from online tutorials. But what should it be?
There was a not so many times used Korg Volka Sample laying around. So the first use-case was born. Building a stand-alone MIDI sequencer for that little groove-box. But there was the lack of recording samples with the Volka.
The idea of beatmaker’s sketchbook was born. A portable music making device. Ok, there are a lot of them on the market, but hey, why buy one, if you can build one yourself?
It started as a hobby project and took some iterations to come to the current version. Check out these pictures to see the process.