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Guitar Pedals Go DIY, Open Source

Posted September 23, 2013 by Chris

The Beavis offers everything you need to wire up 25 sound-shaping circuits, from parts to multi-meter to integrated breadboard. The OpenStomp Coyote takes a different approach, with a programmable processor and Windows visual patching software.

555 Timer Chip Music Player

Posted September 13, 2013 by Chris

“This is a music player I made for my entry for the 2013 Ottawa Mini-Maker Faire. It’s based on the popular 555 timer chip. My main design criteria was that it had to be far more robust than my previous music player that used pencil marks for the resistors. Those pencil marks wore away from the paper moving over them and taking away the pencil lead.”

The RobOrchestra Project

Posted July 13, 2013 by Chris

“The RobOrchestra Project seeks to create instruments that can not only play themselves, but also work together to create their own music. The ultimate goal is to create a full band, with at least one instrument to cover the roles of Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, and Rhythm.”

Wired to wireless headphones

Posted July 3, 2013 by Chris

“The aim of this project was to get a decent pair of wireless headphones, without breaking the piggy bank. I’m talking decent, as in comfortable, good bass, good treble, good listening distance, battery lasts all day, etc.”

Wireless FM Transmitter (Microphone + Single Transistor)

Posted June 30, 2013 by Chris

“Speak into the transmitter and others hear you on any FM radio. The transmitter can be built in an afternoon with simple, affordable and widely available parts. Construction is fun and much can be learned although performance is modest; for example, your voice gets difficult to hear at distances greater than 25 feet.”

$10 Arduino Beatbox

Posted June 29, 2013 by Chris

“This is a simple sequencer machine which uses Capacitative Sensing Code for input to the Arduino. It is is a combination drumpad and sequencer. It has just two modes, record, and playback, and needs very few components; an Arduino (of course), and just 3 resistors and a piezo speaker. If you’re feeling decadent, you can add an LED (with a resistor) for more “ooomph”.”

MechBass – Hysteria

Posted June 17, 2013 by Chris

“MechBass was the outcome of my Engineering honors project at Victoria University of Wellington in 2012, more info about Engineering at VUW:….Design and Implementation details available for download.”

Algorithmic AVR 8-bit Workshop

Posted June 7, 2013 by Chris

“I was asked to give a workshop regarding sound art in Super Public Art School that is held at Titanik-gallery in Turku. As I have been working lately with microcontroller based sound synthesis I searched for a good topic around this area. So the idea to build pocket sized audio players came a long.”

1937 Radio Hacked Into An iPhone Dock

Posted May 25, 2013 by Chris

“I had this old Philips radio laying around that I couldn’t use because it only had an AM receiver. So, I thought it would be cool to make it into an iphone dock =D”

LAN Controlled Stereo Audio Switch

Posted May 20, 2013 by Chris

“I needed an idea that I could use to teach myself about using a relay with Microcontrollers and solve that age old problem: Switching between speakers and headphones on my PC without having to actually get up and mess around in the rats nest of wire’s behind it.”