Build Sound & Light Synthesizers Using Arduino


You don’t have to be a tech wizard to make audio and visual effects come alive! With Austin’s own Dr. Bleep, you’ll learn to make audio/LED synthesizers from scratch. 

We’ll provide you with all the components and tools necessary to build your noise/music/light gizmo, and we’ll guide you through the build to help you understand how electronic circuits work.

Whether you’re all about the code or all about that base, you can unleash your creative powers in a relaxed, supportive environment. Newbies and more experienced geeks alike will build fully-functional electronic devices in this hands-on class. 


Arduino is an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use, inexpensive hardware and software. Arduino is the brain of thousands of DIY projects, from kinetic sculptures to scientific instruments. A worldwide community of makers—students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals—uses this open-source platform.


  • No prior coding or electronics experience is necessary
  • Open to adults 18+. Students 14-17 years of age may participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian.


This class is suitable for beginner to intermediate makers/artists/builders/music lovers who are interested in sound and visual manipulation. While no experience is required, those who have some knowledge on the topics will have the opportunity to further explore more advanced device construction. 

Questions about the course? Contact us and


tuesdays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Sept 20 - Nov 1 / Exhibit on Nov 13
$250 per student

1122 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78702



  • Nail down the basics of analog electronics
  • Learn Arduino for programming and digital circuit know-how
  • Build both analog and digital circuits for audio/visual effects
  • Strut your stuff in the class exhibition
  • Keep all of your beautiful creations at NO extra cost


Meet Your Instructor

Dr Bleep, aka John-Mike Reed, has been designing and manufacturing synthesizer kits and noise friends in Austin, TX as Bleep Labs since 2006.

He’s held many workshops and talks on synth making, soldering, circuit bending, etc., at Moogfest, OFFF, Maker Faire, UT San Antonio, The Thinkery, and more.

You can visit his website at



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