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GetLoFi Shop Shipping Price Updates

Hello Friends,

There has been some updates to the with new items like Raspberry PI, Arduino UNO, cases, and parts. Our shipping rates have also changed, we now offer CHEAPER International First Class shipping. For example if you purchased just a single LTC kit it will cost only $10 to ship, instead of $17. New shipping software calculates exact shipping rates based on weight of your order and allows printing of First Class Customs forms.

United States Orders (  3 – 7 business days ): 
USPS First Class: $3.50 – $33.00
International Orders (  7 – 14 business days ):
Canada and Mexico – First Class Intl: $8-$33
Rest of the World – First Class Intl: $10-$40


Donation to 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

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Its good to hear that our Japanese circuit bending friend Kaseo is OK. Not only that but he also wants to contribute in the relief effort by selling some of his circuit bent devices with proceeds donated to Red Cross in Japan. Please contact him at kaseo[AT] to arrange this transaction.

Above is a Pikatheremin for ¥ 5,000 (plus shipping cost) all of which will be donated.

Cool Mannequin Leg Maraca that Doesn’t Cost an Arm and …a Leg?

Leg Maraca

Interesting sounds can be created using a variety of sources if you have a looping pedal and pitch shifting ability. Richie Brown made a maraca out of a mannequin leg, currently for sale on eBay, and his video demonstrates just that. The leg is basically a shaker filled with various small objects and a piezo disk mic to turn the acoustic sounds into an electrical signal.

Richie’s past and future projects include more mannequin recasings with conveniently placed touch contacts.


Touch Me – a public installation encourages spectators to interact with letters on a board by rubbing, poking, scratching, caressing, and knocking. These noises are picked up by the contact mics and fed into a looper as the day progressed.


The Monster Box demonstrated below was made out of a Roll-Up Piano Keyboard.



And the Walking Song was recorded with contact mics taped to inner thighs and inner elbows  in hopes of being able to record a walking pattern. The song can is called HG Welles Walks and can be heard on his myspace page. Nice work, cool ideas!


Deal of the Day-Arion Pedal Sales

Arion Delay

$19.99 or less for a limited time can get you any of these Arion pedals including Stereo Delay, Stereo Chorus, Stereo Phaser right now at Musicians Friend or Amazon. Plus is you use Paypal at MF the shipping is Free! Although there is some information on bending these pedals from what I gather the results are not spectacular. The SAD-3 however does not sound half bad on its own and it is based around an analog delay IC BBD MN3208. Certainly modding the BBD clock for slower speeds is not out of the question to extend the delay times, but any kind of a delay pedal usually makes even the simplest noisemaker sound good. Thanks to Chris for the info.

Relay Based sequencer V-Tech Computer


On the outside this VTech Computer looks like a mean glitching machine, however it is not. Instead the creator ( Zero Fidelity ) used the casing to house a 4017 based Relay switching sequencer. The steps can be adjusted from 2 to 10 beats and a clever 4 channel relay system allows for controlling the duration of the notes and not just the gate signal like most. Surprisingly the relays are very quet when it comes to switching on the audio from a guitar source, no pops. A great description of the process and reference links are located here. Thanks to SailorMouth for sending this in!