Tuesday, 2 February 2021


In the last installment we decided to use the built-in 12 Bit DAC that comes with the Teensy 3.2 board. For the prototype I decided to try something different and came up with a Gold Edition of the TS-1.

You can download the code for this new version HERE

TEENSY-Synth EXTRA: Do we need the Audio Board?

 Here's an update for the Teensy-Synth project. The original project used the Teensy Audio Adaptor Board for it's audio output. This provided 16-Bit audio at 44.1 Khz.

The Teensy 3.2 also has a built-in DAC providing 12-Bit audio at 44.1 Khz so I wondered if this was suitable for out synth project. Watch the video for the results.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Build a Mute Button for Discord

Prevent embarrassing audio mishaps on your next voice conference with the TALK-R - a mute button for Discord! It also does Push-To-Talk and has a foot-switch input for gamers.

DOWNLOAD the Schematic and Code HERE

Parts List:

1 - Teensy LC
1 - Arcade button with LED
1 - Toggle Switch ON-OFF-ON
1 - 1/4" Phone Jack - Mono
1 - 220 Ohm Resistor
1 - USB B to USB Micro Cable
4 - M3 x 6mm Screw 
4 - M3 Heat Set Threaded Insert - McMaster-Carr (94180A333)

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Build a Circuit Board Faceplate for Electronic Projects

One of the most difficult parts of building a homemade electronic gizmo, is making it not look homemade. I have explored many techniques in my quest to come up with a cool looking enclosure for my projects, but this latest experiment may turn out to be one of my favorites.

I have been designing circuit boards for many years but for some reason I never thought to use a PCB for the faceplate of the project. It makes total sense when you think about it. Circuit boards come in custom shapes with precisely milled holes and cut outs. And silk-screened graphics are par for the course.   So, I decided to try to make a custom front panel using a black circuit board from my friends at JLCPCB. The results are amazing! And they do all the work.

I used Fusion 360 to design the board and Inkscape to draw the graphics. The final step was to import the files into KiCAD and finish the board. I have to admit, getting all these programs to work together was a challenge - so I documented the entire process in the following video! Take some time and follow along and you'll be designing your own custom faceplates in no time!

DOWNLOAD the Inkscape graphics used in the video HERE

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

DIY TRAKTOR Loop Controller - PART 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the LOOP-R controller for TRAKTOR S4 MkIII. In Part 1 I showed you the circuit and how to build it. In this part we'll take a look at how I came up with a custom enclosure to make it look pretty.

Friday, 29 November 2019

DIY TRAKTOR Loop Controller - PART 1

I recently got a TRAKTOR S4 MkIII so I could do some live music production on my Twitch streams. The Traktor software has a Loop Recorder included but unfortunately, Native Instruments removed the loop controls on the MkIII. No big deal, we'll build our own!

I call this project the LOOP-R and it allows you to easily access all the loop recorder commands with the push of a button. Watch the video to learn how to build your own on a breadboard.

Download the code and schematic HERE

Parts List: (With Amazon Links)

1 - Teensy LC (With pins)
5 - Push Buttons (Momentary - Normally Open - 12x12)
1 - LED (Red)
1 - 330 Ohm Resistor
1 - 10K Potentiometer (Linear - Center Detent)
2 - BreadBoards
1 - Phone Jack (Mono - 1/4")
1 - Foot Switch (Normally Open)
Jumper Wires (Assorted)

Sunday, 31 March 2019

TWITCH Bench Display with GetInTouch

As some of you may know, I have a Twitch Channel where I hang out when I'm working in the Lab. During one of my streams I met a couple of really nice German guys who are the creators of the GetInTouch extension for Twitch. I was very impressed with the Arduino Library they created that can easily connect an Arduino to your Twitch channel.

After playing around for a while I came up with a LCD Bench Display that allows viewers to send messages during the stream. As a bonus, it plays some preset messages when it's not in use. Free advertising! So in this episode I'll show you how to build your own.

You can download the code and schematic HERE
Download the 3D printable enclosure at my THINGIVERSE page

Parts List: (With Amazon Links)

1 - LCD Display (40x2 - 5 Volt - No Header)
1 - Arduino Nano (With headers)
1 - Adafruit Perma-Proto Half-Sized PCB
1 - Piezoelectric Speaker (30mm diameter or less - NO Driver Circuit)
1 - Trimmer Potentiometer - 10K ohm
1 - 330 Ohm Resistor
1 - 100 Ohm Resistor

12 - M3 x 6mm Screws - (Plastic Black)
6 - M3 x 10mm Standoffs - (Plastic Black)

Wire - (30 AWG - Stranded)
Wire - (22 AWG - Solid)