Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Lunetta CMOS Synth is Born

A lot has changed since this first article. I've learned more about electronics and refined the way I build these machines. I've even started documentation about the project with the help of

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I like to try new things here at the Creature Laboratorium. Lately I've dipped a toe into the world of electronic music and analog/digital synths. The main purpose was to learn how to control motors for my puppets (yes I'm still doing that) but it turned into making sound effects for the videos. Now I can't stop. The good people at have been really helpful in getting some projects going. I'll need to post pics and audio of my Atari Punk Console and the Wierd Sound Generator, but take a look at this. This is my Lunetta.

The basic idea of a Lunetta is to only use CMOS Integrated circuits, meaning the 4000 series. Sounds technical? Well sure, it is at first. You're basically taking the pins of the ICs and connecting them straight to jacks that you can connect together. There is no limit to the amount of bleeps and bloops this thing will make. I've broken from the guidelines a bit and started adding anything I've already made, a siren, some tone generators, a 555 timer. More on the way.

Here's a sample of what mine does. I haven't used any effects, just some editing and cross fades.

It may not look all that flash, but it's a screamer alright! I'll make a nicer enclosure once a few more modules are complete.

Check out The Electro-Music Lunetta forum for more info!

See this link to see all of my posts about these fun DIY machines.


Richarius said...

What? No updates on your Lunetta machine? :) Hoping to see more having been added to it. ;)

Oh yeah! I don't know if you know about the BB that I set up - dedicated to Noise / Lunetta machines. Lemme know in mail or Twitter if innerested and I'll send you the addy. :)

drOffset said...

Hey there, I have build a couple more components, just need to connect the wiring. I'll put some pictures up soon.