ArduTouch Music Synthesizer Workshop

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ArduTouch music synthesizer workshop -- Music Generation for Newbies

ArduTouch music synthesizer kit


Learn to solder together a cool, powerful music synthesizer,
       and learn to make cool music, sound, and noise!

ArduTouch workshop at EMF Camp 2018

ArduTouch is an open source Arduino-compatible music synthesizer kit with a built-in touch keyboard, and with built-in speaker/amplifier.

This workshop is for total newbies to learn to solder and make their own ArduTouch music synthesizer.

The ArduTouch comes pre-programmed with a way cool synthesizer. And I will show you how to re-program it with other way cool (and totally different) synthesizers.

This workshop will be given twice
(both identical):
   Day TBD: ?-???, ?pm - ?:30pm
   Day TBD: ?-???, ?pm - ?:30pm

NOTE: You will need to REGISTER beforehand to take this workshop.
Please see registration link, given below.

NOTE: To do the hands-on portion of this workshop, you will need to order MATERIALS.
Please see the materials section, given below.

ArduTouch workshop at 36C3

Full Description

Participants will all learn to solder and make an ArduTouch music synthesizer from a kit. I guarantee it will work when you're done!

The ArduTouch comes pre-programmed with a really nice music synthesizer (a 4-voice sawtooth waveform generator) -- called "Thick", that makes super phat sounds.
An ArduTouch Arduino library is available for programming in more super nice synthesizers, with lots and lots of features. The library also comes with many way cool example synthesizer sketches that also serve as a tutorial for making your own ArduTouch synthesizers (which are Arduino sketches).

ArduTouch currently has 10 totally different synthesizers available! Synth sounds include way beautiful to metal to noise to drones, drum/bass machine sequencer, to spacey psychedelic music or harsh musical sounds, . . .

For those who want to learn more, the documentation teaches the basics of Digital Signal Processing for audio generation.

This workshop is for total newbies!

Taught by Mitch Altman.

Mitch gave a talk on his ArduTouch music synthesizer kit (including a tutorial on Digital Signal Process for total newbies) at The Circle of HOPE and at EMF Camp 2018.


     What: Make an ArduTouch music synthesizer
     When: ?:00pm to ?:30pm, Day TBD, ???day, ??? ??th
                 ?:00pm to ?:30pm, Day TBD, ???day, ??? ??th
          both days are identical
     Where: link will be emailed to all registered participants
     Who: Anyone and everyone can have fun making the ArduTouch music synthesizer Ages 10 to 100
     Max #: 15 participants
           -- You must register to take this workshop -- please see REGISTRATION link below.
           -- You must also order and receive materials to receive this workshop -- please see MATERIALS section below
     Cost: $30 for materials -- ($36 if you also want a USB-Serial cable for re-programming the ArduTouch).
               Please see MATERIALS section below

     Instructor: Mitch

     website: ArduTouch music synthesizer kit


You need to REGISTER in advance to take this workshop::
[RegistrationLink registration link info]


To do this workshop you will need to order and receive workshop MATERIALS:
ArduTouch music synthesizer kit
Cost: $30 + shipping
Optional: USB-Serial Cable (for re-programming the ArduTouch with other synthesizers)
Cost: additional $6
IMPORTANT: To receive the materials in time for the workshop, you must use EXPRESS Shipping.
     NOTE: If you have one, you can use any FTDI equivalent cable to re-program your ArduTouch music synthesizer.

Required Software

Please download the free and open source Arduino software before the workshop -- Windows, Linux, or MacOS are all fine!:
Arduino software


ArduTouch music synthesizer kit
Ardiuno website
ArduTouch Github page