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Summer Hardware Bootcamp: Hands-on Audio: Building Basic Analog Sound-Making Circuits

$300Purchase required to enroll

Analog circuit sound boards have a reputation for additional depth and expressive qualities. However, analog synthesizers, mixers, and other sound circuits are not “magic.” This equipment is just hardware, driven by the mechanics of math and physics.

This workshop will focus on studying, building, and personalizing simple analog circuits as a way to learn the skills, physics and math within “analog sound.”

We will be studying and building sound circuits out of simple building-blocks (in cheap microchips). These can be tuned to make all manner of beeping, chirping, groaning or farting sounds. Participants can personalize the circuit’s voice, as well as modify the circuit’s sound(s) in relation to controls (like knobs, pressure, light, or human skin-touch).

Participants can choose to power their device with batteries, or solar power, and play the sound into headphones or small speakers. This type of quick-and-dirty noise making circuit is well documented for further exploration by participants and is cheap to build and easy to tweak.

Participants do not need prior experience in soldering, math, or sound design. This is a great starting point to learn and combine these in a fun and practical manner.

A limited number of scholarships for $225 are available. Apply Here

This is part of The Hacktory’s Summer Hardware Bootcamp Series, supported by StartupPHL. Each weekly session runs in the evenings from Sunday through Friday. Be sure to check out our entire list of the Summer Bootcamp Series.

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