There’s been a question about Casio SK-1 bending. Unfortulatelly I don’t know who asked me that. At any rate one of the places to read up about that is http://www.sk-1.org/diy.htm I didn’t follow any tuts when it came to gutting my SK-1. Seems like there is alot of bends on the 3 main ROM chips. My SK only has 7 switches, more will be added soon, the idea of the patch seems too impractial to me because fumbling for patches during a live performance is not all that fun. I like to have solid bends which get triggered with familiar results via toggle switches. Joining the circuit bending yahoo group is also a great resource. There is a ton of posts in the past files about all kinds of SK-1 stuff.
Its been quite a bit since my last post. Things got busy with work and school so my projects took the back seat for now. A month of winter vacation is comming up and projects are bound to get finished. –Alex
Sometimes I wish that I could just ditch everything else that I have to do and just enjoy making wierd sounding instruments for living. However that will most likelly never happen. My latest projects include.
SN76477 exploration. I scored 11 of those chips from some company in china.
Planning on building a few basic synth modules of those. Also been working with some XR2206 function generator ICs.
Achieving crazy waveforms from a cheap playskool keyboard with the help of some ICs. Stay tuned for finished projects.
The patch bay touch and tell is almost finished, I just have to get a few good connections on there to make sure that I’m maximizing my bending. Paint looks pretty good, and the lot of ICs is just for flossin’.
Many things need to happen this weekend including getting some projects caped off. Pictures of my Tube amp should be up as well sometime. –Alex
Well, I finally finished the talking teacher complete with a patch bay and a paint job. Here is a link to the details of the build.
In my sparetime I got to clean the shop area. Finally purchased a drill press with a set of unibits. My next investment would have to be an oscilloscope, $55 at Rockwell surplus, can’t really go wrong for that much. The Talking Teacher toy is gonna be sweet 5 patches, 3 switches and a pot. Custom paint. Gonna be slick. Pictures will be up soon.
Circuit bending is fun, but I wish I wasn’t so busy fixing virus and spyware infested windows boxes for people who don’t have a clue. Oh well, making money, gotta pay billz!!!! I started working on a Caleco Talking teacher. Pretty sweet to bend. There is alot of glitches and random garbled up sounds. Combinations of bends even cause to spaz out randomlly. I am testing the idea of a patchbay with that one. Unfortunatelly I made some nasty plug holes, they are not the best. So now I’m looking to buy a drill press, I’m done fussing with the drill and scissors. Drill press is the way of the future. Things will look hella well done. I also starter building a Firefly tube amp with the help of my friend. Jolly good times. I’ve been too busy to even go to the Goodwills. Maybe tonite I can swing by one. The circuit bending group on yahoo has been very active. Some topics that make it in there are not always directlly related, but its fun to read still.
I stopped at the Rockwell Surplus store today during lunch to pick up some patchbay hardware. I got a bunch of plugs and connectors. 3 aluminum cases and a few toggle switches. The downside is that the lady charged me $10 for that stuff, what a rip off. Still I did get a ton of stuff that would make for a couple of cool breakout boxes. The SK-5 is gonna have a decent size patch bay. Pictures coming soon. New toy bends posted in the EctoOne bends section.