Frederic sent me this awesome MS-20 style cab mod that he just finished for his SK-1. The bends all came from online resources and the process is detailed with photos and explanations of all the panel functions. The front panel really gives this device a professional look because it was actually done at a metal shop by Frederic’s friend Jean. No audio samples yet, but lots of good tips on the site, like using a camcorder adapter integrated into the case as a power supply for the instrument and using fake leather to wrap the case, grrrrr.
Here is a nifty little video of Kinderbender basically DJing two circuit bent speak and spells. Glitches are looped and then pitch controlled into sync. The website is up and coming with some cool custom membrane jobs on speak and spells. Great pictures for inspirational purposes and the sound samples are in the works. This device I am hoping to have more info on soon. Enjoy.
This keyboard built by Waterhed was quickly swiped after the BIN was set at $89. Kind of a neat design and I like the see through red plexi glass panel. The paint job looks good in this image, however I spray painted some wood yellow once and it didn’t turn out the greatest. These square wave keyboards are pretty nice to mod considering there is a manual out for them. Despite their cheapness they sound rich and very Atari like especially when pitched way down thanks to the square wave sound generation. Apparently this one also has an LFO circuit with optical pitch controls built-in. Earlier post on October 71’s mod of a similar HH keyboard can be seen here.
While always staying busy Mike Ford managed to complete another impressive instrument. From his email I paraphrase more or less. This MicroSynth purposely uses old electronic toys with the main sound modules being 2 toy rayguns from 1980, made by Kuson. The case was a salvaged speaker used to train nurses and was found at a medical surplus. On the left and the right are the canakit “bucket brigade” chip driven delay kits. The second set of switches and knobs controls the bent guts of the 1980’s rayguns driven by a Texas instrument chip, presumably not an SN76477. The center is a salvaged computer stereo speaker amp guts and the fourth channel, is another circuit bent kuson phazor raygun circuit, wired a little different and lastly another canakit delay unit. The faceplace is solid brass and was acquired from Speedy Metals eBay store. To power this device 3x9volts and 16xAAA are needed, no power jack for complete portability. Another very nice work indeed. Thanks Mike, can’t to hear this thing.
Simon just finished modding his Yamaha RX-17 with the some tips from the Anode Records page. Even though his webpage is in Dutch, its not extremely hard to figure out what is going on. Most of the bends come from a single IC wired to a DB25 connector and patched through some stackable banana jacks on main console. Lots of great images and a very neat video that makes me want to go out and buy an RX-17 on eBay as well.
This revolutionary Texas Instruments Speak and Math Geetar Mod is sure to turn heads after you strap it on and let the glitches rip Jimi Hendrix slylee. I would suggest that the builder used 1×1 inch for the case and PVC for the neck. Of course the instrument is spray painted mate black to go with the S&M theme. The glitches are activated with alligator clips or wet fingers when placed across the heavy gage copper strings. No sounds clips yet and the pictures are not the greatest. [via Benders list]
–Update– The artist behind this is Wark Atoo and he enclosed a short sample of the device.
Tom Green recently posted this novel recasing project of the Franklin the Turtle Numbers game to the Bender list. Great job on the knobs and the wooden case. Wiring inside is not too shabby either, zip ties and all. Surprisingly interesting sounds are also achieved from such a simple toy. The seemingly haphazardly placement of knobs, switches, and buttons works well in this case. Very nice job Tom.
In the next few posts I will be exploring links posted to the Benders list via Arc Angel’s email. The text is mostly in Spanish so I have no clue as to what it says. I could use an online translator, but I’m too lazy. What we have here looks like a metal detector hooked up to a custom Amp made of a piece of luggage. Very nice design idea, portable and rugged.
*Update* More information on the synth along with some videos can be found here.
But lets face it, who really has the power tools and time to make nice wooden cases. I got your solution right here in the form of wood adhesive covering. Available from any Wall-Mart around the world comes this affordable ( $5 ) solution that will spruce up any gadget. Take this Dull box pictured before the wood application. A few minutes and a small mess later, tada! It looks awesome! The possibilities are limitless, however everyone will agree that wood trim like this makes anything Classy. Not to mention that it works perfectly to cover up those pre-drilled, but never used switch and jack holes. Oops, that will be out little secret 😉
For a mere $69.97 one can aquire a sweet looking Radiation Detector from Sports Man’s Guide. Not really sure why anyone would want to gut something like that, but for the art of circuit bending and synth making nothing is off limits.
*Update * The detector is still available as of 2/21/2007! The price dropped to $59.97, good bargain.