Build a Cracklebox in Berlin

“Your skin is a circuit”

Build a Cracklebox with Nicolas Collins on Feb. 17th at Common Ground in Berlin:
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Back in December, I visited Nicolas Collins at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and got to see one of the latest creations that he is using in class. The beautiful traces wind their way into the classic LM386 audio amp for an expressive overdriven effect:

Nicolas Collins is well known for having written Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking:

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provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction to the craft of making – as well as creatively cannibalizing – electronic circuits for artistic purposes. With a sense of adventure and no prior knowledge, the reader can subvert the intentions designed into devices such as radios and toys to discover a new sonic world. At a time when computers dominate music production, this book offers a rare glimpse into the core technology of early live electronic music, as well as more recent developments at the hands of emerging artists. In addition to advice on hacking found electronics, the reader learns how to make contact microphones, pickups for electromagnetic fields, oscillators, distortion boxes, and unusual signal processors cheaply and quickly.


Build a Cracklebox in Berlin

OKAY 2 Monophonic Synth Kit

 writes on the Tindie blog:


OKAY 2 Monophonic Synth Kit

Take a look at Tindie’s thriving sound section and you’ll see there is no shortage of people making their own electronic music. These devices take many forms, and one interesting take on sound creation is the OKAY 2 Synth DIY Kit. At face value it features 2 octaves of keys, a built-in amplifier along with a 1/4″ line out, and knobs to select the octaves that you’d like to play — but it gets more interesting under the hood.

Oskitone OKAY 2 from oskitone on Vimeo.

What makes it unique by today’s standards is that it doesn’t use any sort of computer or microcontroller, but instead produces sound using an LM555 timer along with other discreet components for monophonic sound. Given its small size, you could use two at once, perhaps combining them via the line out to be further modified in your synth setup!

In case you’re wondering, the original—or nearly so as it’s version 1.1.1—OKAY is also available. It works largely the same as the OKAY 2, but features only a single octave of keys, and doesn’t have an audio output jack.

OKAY 2 Monophonic Synth Kit

555 Piano

Alexander Ryzhkov created a small 555 timer-based piano:


555 piano

Main goal of this project has been creating pretty designed 555 based piano in small form-factor. Many 555 piano are using 9V battery for supply. I use CMOS timer and for timer need only 3V supply.
The design files are available on GitHub:


Here is a video of the board in action:
openidev has shared the board on OSH Park:


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555 Piano

High-speed ADC pHAT for Raspberry Pi

kelu124 designed this board to add high-speed analog inputs to the Raspberry Pi:

20Msps+ ADC RaspberryPi extension

We haven’t tapped yet into the full potential of the Raspberry Pi in terms of ADC. Some have shown that the first gen of Raspberry could go to 10Msps [..] My take is that the new Raspberry Pi’s  can surely go above. And I want to try it, either with this old CA3306E or with more recent kick-ass ADCs.

The design files are available on GitHub:

github-small kelu124/bomanz

High-speed ADC pHAT for Raspberry Pi

Build a Synthesizer with Darcy Neal in Chicago


Darcy Neal will lead a workshop in Chicago on building your own synthesizer:

Build a Synthesizer with artist Darcy Neal

Saturday, Apr 15, 2017, 2:00 PM

Pumping Station: One
3519 North Elston Avenue Chicago, IL

2 members Attending

Artist Darcy Neal leads this workshop on building your own synthesizer. Read below for her description:We’ll learn about some of the building blocks of creating a synthesizer using the 4046 VCO and the classic 40106 CMOS ICs. The 4046 is a well documented and powerful IC that can be turned into a modular synth voice with just a few added component…

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We’ll learn about some of the building blocks of creating a synthesizer using the 4046 VCO and the classic 40106 CMOS ICs. The 4046 is a well documented and powerful IC that can be turned into a modular synth voice with just a few added components. Participants will learn to solder together their own prototyping PCB, build a circuit on a breadboard from a schematic, experiment with sensors, and learn the basics about how to produce custom circuit boards using design software like Kicad and Fritzing. No experience is necessary, but basic electronic knowledge or a strong interest in synths will be helpful.

Build a Synthesizer with Darcy Neal in Chicago

Quad Voltage Reference

Barbouri has updated his voltage reference board design:


Quad Voltage Reference

This is my version 2 board update, which incorporates supply voltage regulation, over-current protection, and trimmer for the 5.000 volt reference all on the same board.


The new board uses a LM2937IMPX-10, which is a positive linear voltage regulator IC with a 10V output at 400mA in a SOT-223-4 package.

Barbouri has shared project the project on OSH Park:

Vref-4 Version 2.0 ext Pwr


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Quad Voltage Reference