SATURDAYS 10AM — 1PM

from September 30
to November 11

$290.00

for 7 weeks of classes
+ over $40 of materials

east side collective

2400 E. Cesar Chavez #302
Austin, Texas 78702

 
 
class information
 
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“It's never too late to learn something new or reignite an old passion or hobby. As I always say... keep imagining, keep inventing, stay ingenious!”

RAY WILSON, DIY SYNTH PIONEER AND FOUNDER OF MUSICFROMOUTERSPACE.COM

 
 
 

BUILD YOUR OWN MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

In this 7-week class you will learn how to build your own electronic musical instruments.

This course is designed for musicians, sound artists, new media artists, and anyone with an interest in learning electronics and building their own instrument. You will learn how synthesizers work, basic electronics, soldering, and everything else you need to know to build electronic sound circuits.

This course will focus on helping each student to build their own unique electronic instrument soldered to a circuit board which is yours to keep at the end of the course. You are also encouraged to build an enclosure around your synth (but a bare board is still playable).

 
 
 

WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?

This course is designed for musicians, sound artists, new media artists, and anyone with an interest in learning electronics and building their own instrument.

 
 
 

The course culminates in a public exhibition of the students’ work and the opportunity to participate in a solo or collaborative performance with your new instrument. You can check out past exhibitions here.

 
 
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WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Key Skills 

 

001. ELECTRONIC LITERACY

Learn to identify basic electronic parts and their function.

002. SCHEMATICS

Learn how to read a schematic circuit diagram – the visual recipe of a circuit.

003. CIRCUIT PROTOTYPING

Learn how to build and troubleshoot circuits on a solderless breadboard.

004. SOLDERING

Learn proper soldering technique, and get plenty of practice as you build your project.

 
 
 

Materials

the following materials are included and yours to keep:

+ Breadboard and jumper wires for prototyping

+ Printed circuit board for final design

+ All necessary electronic parts (including knobs, switches, resistors, etc.)

 
 
 

Requirements

No prior electronics experience

No programming required

 
 

FOR INSPIRATION

Artists Working in this Medium
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
about your instructor
 
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“Mickey is great at distilling ideas down to the most important take-away. This is helpful when you’re a beginner and don’t know what data to pay attention to.”

— dadageek student

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Mickey Delp is an electrical and computer engineer with expertise in analog and digital circuit design and embedded systems programming. He is the founder and Chief Inventor at Delptronics, a maker of unique electronic musical instruments.
 

 
 
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Mickey is a frequent presenter at Dorkbot and Nerd Nite, and co-developed and co-runs the Nerd Nite Austin Ambassador program.

Mickey is also an electronic musician who performs solo and with various projects around Austin. Check out his performance at the dadageek student showcase in March 2017.

 
 
 
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