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Austin #10

by drbleep

For our tenth workshop we’re going back to bending!

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On August 8th at Salvage Vanguard Theater we’ll be holding a workshop on bending the popular “Saw voice recorder”
It’s only $10 and all tools and parts including the voice recorder itself are provided! Beginners welcome.

We’ll also be hold a swap ‘n show ‘n tell so bring your own creations to show off or some electronic junk to sell or trade.
It will be first come, first serve so be there at 2pm on Sunday, august 8th to get a seat.

Here is a PDF of the bending instructions if you can’t make it. You can get the recorder here and here’s GetLoFi’s original post.

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10 Responses

  1. Skwaarmalar Machine

    Thanks Dr. Bleep John for putting this HMA#10 together. I’m glad we’re working on bending. Great project too. I guess not too many wanted to pay real money for these SAW geegaws. I’m gonna get a bunch of them! (but only one at the HMA). Can’t wait to see what people do with it.

  2. [...] In the spirit of getting everyone in on the noise-making fun, our friends who organize Handmade Music Austin are making this bend the basis of their August event. As usual, you’ll also get a happy Sunday full of learning, making, sharing, and sounds. Details on the Handmade Music blog, if you’re in the Austin area: Austin #10 [...]

  3. eric archer

    I’d like to see a mellotron-inspired instrument made with these.

  4. [...] In the spirit of getting everyone in on the noise-making fun, our friends who organize Handmade Music Austin are making this bend the basis of their August event. As usual, you’ll also get a happy Sunday full of learning, making, sharing, and sounds. Details on the Handmade Music blog, if you’re in the Austin area: Austin #10 [...]

  5. Mickey Delp

    HMMA#10 had a great turnout.  This is a very cool project, albeit an advanced one!
    Here’s my version:
    http://mickeydelp.com/news/78-circuit-bent-saw-iii-memo-recorder.html

  6. WiLL

    Hey there!

    Tried this one out on my own (I live in Seattle) as my first electronic/circuit bend project. Put it all together, but for some reason I can’t get it to loop the sample. Here it is if anyone is interested in helping me troubleshoot the thing:
    http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o112/wwagler/loop_sampler.jpg

    Thanks for the cool idea! -W

  7. drbleep

    @WiLL
    Have you tried it with the 1uF cap connected to the switch? It can loop without it but I’ve had mixed results. What transistor are you using?
    Email me at drbleep@bleeplabs.com

  8. WiLL

    Thanks for the reply! I sort of got it to loop. Something to do with the record speed being slower or something? HOWEVER! If I record my voice saying “1, 2, 3, 4, 5″ it only loops 1-1-1-1. I’m not getting the full sample. And it doesn’t matter which side of the transistor goes where on the play button, for some reason. I alternated and then switched transistors, but still just get the tip of the sample to loop.
    The transistors I bought have the following numbers 40V 600mA 625mW hfe:375 nf:4.0dB. Not understanding any of that makes me wonder if the problem is the transistor? Any more help? I feel like I’m so close!

  9. plasmaforce1

    The Best sampler ever!!! FTW :D

  10. Johnd568

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