JOHN-MIKE REED, INSTRUCTOR
Designing Synthesizers with Arduino
SATURDAYS 2pM — 5PM
from January 13
to February 24
for 7 weeks of classes
and $70 of materials
east side collective
2400 E. Cesar Chavez #302
Austin, Texas 78702
WHY WE <3 ARDUINO SYNTHESIZERS
The Arduino is endlessly reprogrammable so you will always be able to change your synth according to your needs!
ABOUT THIS CLASS
Learn how to make your own noise and music gizmo!
We will cover the basics of the Arduino platform, explore different ways of producing sound digitally, experiment with different kinds of sensors to control our sounds, and get acquainted with MIDI.
All is done with the goal of enabling you to make your own instrument or add audio devices to installations and other projects.
Arduino is an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use, inexpensive hardware and free software. Arduino is the "brain" of tens of thousands of DIY projects, from light-based installations, kinetic sculptures to scientific instruments. A worldwide community of makers—students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals—uses this open-source platform.
In this class, we'll be using the Teensy 3.2 and its audio library. This system uses the Arduino IDE, so is just as easy to use and program and adds much more power and the ability to input and output high-quality audio.
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?
This is a beginner class for anyone interested in creating a customized digital sound instrument
The course culminates in a public exhibition of the students’ work. Attendees will be able to listen to your synthesizers. Students can also perform at the showcase, if interested. Can check out past exhibitions here.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
+ The basics of coding on the Arduino platform
+ Ways of making sound with digital circuits
+ How to use different sensors and inputs to control your sound
+ How to build MIDI controllers
+ How to design your own synthesizer or effect
+ How to add audio to your projects
WHAT DO I NEED?
Mac or PC laptop and headphones—that's it!
materials provided FOR YOU to keep:
+ Teensy 3.2 board with audio adapter
+ and everything else you’ll need to make your first synth!
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
This is an beginner class. You don't need to have any experience with coding, synthesizers, audio, or electronics.
Artists Working in this Medium
"Ten years ago, when I saw what you could accomplish with simple code and hardware + traditional artistic techniques, I was hooked!"
— JOHN-MIKE REED
John-Mike Reed (aka Dr. Bleep) has been designing and manufacturing analog and digital devices that blink and beep as Bleep Labs for over 10 years.
He’s held workshops and talks on synth making, soldering, circuit bending, and beyond, at Moogfest, OFFF, Make Faire, UT San Antonio, The Thinkery, and more.