Musical Electronics Library

Auckland, New Zealand


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Arduino Synths

Kim Newall at Colab has been investigating sound synthesis using the Arduino microcontroller. Chances are if you are even slightly a nerd you will have encountered the Arduino, a very popular single-board microcontroller that heaps of people use to make robots, art, and, etc. I personally haven’t used one yet but Kim has been showing me some stuff that seems like it could be real useful for MEL. Like we can maybe make a big run of boards and program them to do different things, and house them in the VHS cases just like the other MEL stuff. It would be a good thing to do a workshop on — people could build the boards and then learn how to program their own effects and synths. Also maybe we could have an SD card slot on the MEL collection arduino things, so members could borrow them and pop in their own firmware on an SD card.

So, this is all new to me and therefore interesting and exciting. Here are some relevant links:

Arduino Synth Page

SID chip emulation with the Arduino

Mozzi: sound synthesis library for Arduino

Here’s a thing that someone made using the Mozzi library:

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Circuit Scribe: Draw electronic circuits where the drawings work electronically, you see?

Conductive silver pens have been around for ages, but this Circuit Scribe project, they claim it’s easier to draw with, and they made magnetised components to go with it. So you can draw a circuit and stick components onto the traces magnetically. Seems like a good idea for teaching kids the principles of basic electronics. Also maybe you could make your own magnetic components, or just stick them on there some other way. And then make pretty pictures that have sound and flashing lights. Good for an exhibition at the Audio Foundation?