Learn to Solder - Digital Music Synthesis 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:
   Day 3: Sunday, 24-July-2022, 1:30pm - 4:00pm, Workshop C (D'Angelo 307)

NOTE: You do NOT need to register to take this workshop.
link to the workshop
Please see registration info below.

OPTIONAL: You can do this workshop without materials.
       But if you would like 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 will also give an overview of how it works. I guarantee this kit will work after you solder it (during the workshop, or later, at home)!

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). In the last part of this workshop I will show you how to re-program the ArduTouch synthesizer.

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: 2:00pm to 4:30pm, Day 8, Saturday, August 1st
     Where: link will be emailed to all who participants who registered in advance
          link to the workshop
          link will also be posted in the HOPE Matrix Workshop room and Announce room
     Who: Anyone and everyone can have fun making the ArduTouch music synthesizer Ages 10 to 100
     Max #: 15 participants
           -- You do NOT need to register to take this workshop -- please see REGISTRATION info, below.
           -- OPTIONAL: To follow along hands-on during the workshop, you must also order and receive materials before the workshop
                    -- please see MATERIALS section below

     Cost: $30 for materials -- ($36 if you also want a USB-Serial cable for re-programming the ArduTouch) plus shipping.
               Please see MATERIALS section below

     Instructor: Mitch

     website: ArduTouch music synthesizer kit

Registration -- NOT required

You do NOT need to REGISTER in advance to take this workshop::
To take this workshop, simply go to the workshop room url before the workshop begins.
link to the workshop
If you registered in advance, you will be emailed with the workshop room url.
The link to the workshop room will also be posted before the workshop in the HOPE Matrix Workshop room and the HOPE Matrix Announce room.


OPTIONAL: To follow along hands-on during the workshop you will need to order and receive workshop MATERIALS:
NOTE: You can do this workshop without the ArduTouch kit. The workshop gives enough info so you can solder and re-program an ArduTouch kit later, at home.
If you want to order an ArduTouch music synthesizer kit, please order one here:
ArduTouch music synthesizer kit
Cost: $30 + shipping
Optional: USB-Serial Cable (for re-programming the ArduTouch with other synthesizers)
Cost: additional $6
     NOTE: If you have one, you can use any FTDI equivalent cable to re-program your ArduTouch music synthesizer.
IMPORTANT: To receive the materials in time for the workshop, you must use EXPRESS Shipping.

Required Software

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


A video of the workshop is available on the 2600 YouTube channel:


ArduTouch music synthesizer kit
Ardiuno website
ArduTouch Github page