Monday, June 22, 2009

Noise Maker Time

I will be teaching a small introduction to AVR / Arduino class at the Niagara Artist Company this summer during the first week of August (rescheduled from the 4th of July weekend).

I have decided to use this as the foundation to the lecture:

Tinker.It Arduino Synth

This device is fun to say the least. Although I found you need an op-amp to really make it shine. I have a surface mount board available for anyone who is interested, just send me an email and I can send you one for $2 + postage. The board uses SMT / SMD parts (surface mount) but it really makes the tinkerit board scream like it should using an OP275GSZ op-amp from Analog Devices. This device gives a clean amplification at 5v with no additional parts, talk about easy to use.

I think the thing most enjoyable about this project is the hack-ability. You can edit the code to make different sound grains, you can add distortion and other effects, as I am doing, look here for some easy single sided board projects TonePad FX.


Its been some time since my last post however, I have been fairly busy.

A few months ago I came across a blog in which nightly builds of Kicad are available for OSX. The release is finally at a point where almost every aspect of Kicad works on OSX and although there are still bugs, I personally feel it is at a level where it is usable. I do still get the odd crash now and again but the stability is quite good for the most part.

Visit the following link:

Broken Toaster Blog

the current build as of today is R1835, Nick has put a lot of work into these builds and we should recognize and thank him for his hard work.

Thanks Nick.