Analog Synth Project

Submitted by MikelRoi on Sun, 2014-06-22 17:26

Here is a  pix of my synth project. The top panel has artwork that will get applied to the panel. Lots of holes drilled...whew! Below is the bottom panel with applied artwork and holes ready for mounting controls! I spent many hours getting the artwork right. That would dictate where the holes would go and allow for spacing of the pots and switches and to get it all to fit on the panel size I had.

Large LCD Reverse Engineering

Submitted by paul on Fri, 2014-06-20 01:36

Years ago, around the time DorkbotPDX's meetup moved from Vendetta to NW Lucky Lab, Ben Bleything brought LCDs from decommissioned point-of-sale terminals to the meetup.  I did some reverse engineering to get them working!

At the time, I wrote 3 blog articles aboug the reverse engineering effort.  Only one of them survived from the early days of this website.  Recently, I found the original text those old 3 articles, and also a small pile of the LCDs... which I'll be giving away at upcoming meetings!

Click "Read more" for those 3 original articles with the fine details of reverse engineering (and source code) for these old LCDs....

Three New Instructables

Submitted by Scott Baker on Mon, 2014-06-16 21:05

I've recently posted the following instructables:

1) Modifying the output Voltage of an Adjustable AC-to-DC Converter

http://www.instructables.com/id/Modifying-the-output-Voltage-of-an-Adju…

2) Hall Throttle Control of an RC Motor ECS

http://www.instructables.com/id/EBike-Throttle-Control-of-an-RC-Motor-E…

3) Telephone Ringer Visual Alert (LED)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Telephone-Ringer-Visual-Alert-LED

Capacitive Sensing Workshop

  • What: Learn about capacitive touch sensing, the same technology your phone's touch screen uses. In this workshop we will draw a sensor using a pencil and hook it up to a Teensy to light up LEDs and generate MIDI events.
  • Instructor: Philip Odom
  • When: Sunday June 29th, 1-5pm
  • Where: Flux (412 NW Couch, #222) Goldsmith Building. Look for doorbell on wall for entry.
  • Cost: $25
  • Bring: Laptop with Teensyduino installed, soldering iron, wire cutters, usb mini cable, pencil
  • Limited seating, RSVP: bzzt@knowhere.net

ByteBeats Clean w/ Teensy-3.1

Submitted by spacewrench on Tue, 2014-05-27 13:06

Here's a clean version of the ByteBeats circuit we built last Sunday.  I used a Teensy-3.1 instead of a Teensy-2.0, but everything else is more-or-less the same.  (I added some capacitors on the power lines, a volume control and a speaker instead of the headphones, but it's all minor changes that anybody at a Dorbot meeting could help you with.  Or email me, I'll go through it with you.)

The ByteBeats workshop went pretty well: everybody left with a working circuit, although there were some hiccups along the way.

I hope you all enjoyed the project.  Keep in mind: the same circuit can be used for a bunch of different audio hackery by changing the software.  For example, I wrote a program to produce sine waves at regular musical-scale intervals.  It's a short step from there to playing MIDI, I imagine.

Byte Beats Workshop

 

 

Learn how to create the amazing sounds which have been dubbed ByteBeats without a computer!

 
What: Students will learn how to interface a microcontroller with a DAC (Digital Analog Converter) and an audio amp to produce sound.
Instructor: David Madden
When: Sunday May 25th, 1-5pm
Where: Flux (412 NW Couch, #222) Goldsmith Building. Look for doorbell on wall for entry.
Cost: $30 dollars for the kit.  Kit includes:  Teensy, Breadboard, DAC, op-amp, hookup wires, and audio jack.
Bring:  Laptop, Headphones, Wire Strippers, and USB mini cable
Limited seating:  RSVP bzzt@knowhere.net 
 

Processing Fundamentals

Submitted by skinny on Sun, 2014-04-06 16:43

DorkbotPDX invites you to "Processing Fundamentals".

A free workshop at Flux

DorkbotPDX is happy to offer a 4-hour intro to Processing -- a graphics programming environment. Students will learn the basics of Processing.
No prior programming experience required!

 

  • When: Sunday, April 27. 2-6pm
  • Where: Flux Hackerspace (412 NW Couch #222, Portland, OR)
  • Cost: FREE!!!
  • Bring: A laptop with Processing 2.0 installed (if you can)
  • RSVP: bzzt@knowhere.net

Source code: Processing_Fundamentals

Built with Processing and Processing.js