So you've made an instrument. Now what? Time to take your sound skills to the next level and make a home-grown object that plays a song. This is an advanced module that is great for your face-to-face meetups: once you have the prototype up-and-running, you can add more complexity and flair.
How would you make your own custom boombox?
- Your synth boombox will feature a bass line + melody.
- To make your box, "upcycle" something in your house, like a spare doorknob, mixing bowl, or a broom.
- Use a bit you haven't paid much attention to before. For this activity, filters and the mix bits will be useful. Be sure to include "how you got to know your bit" when you upload your project.
Inspiration, Examples and Support
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littleBits + OK Go "Another Set of Objects
littleBits + OK Go on how to use Synth + Arduino to create your own nifty song-maker.
Arduino code and circuit sketches included to help you feel safe, comfy and creative.
And a sketch of the circuit:
If you need a little help understanding the script + basics of music theory, check out these stellar resources:
And for handy reference:
If you'd like to brush up on the basics of Arduino + littleBits, here are some helpful "tips and tricks" from the littleBits team.
Tips and Tricks: Arduino Module
Getting Started with littleBits Arduino at Heart Module
littleBits Arduino Tips & Tricks: Using Analog Input To Make Selections
8 Bit Jukebox
Your Fellow bitsters
@JackANDJude, jackandjude, New York
Play four ice cream themed songs out of an ice cream carton. You can make it with stuff from the recycling bin!
- IT'S A SMALL WORLD
- MISTER SOFTEE
- YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
- THE ENTERTAINER
Read more about the Ice Cream Jukebox here: http://littlebits.cc/projects/ice-cream-jukebox
I made an Accordion from everyday stuff and littlebits.
It looks like a traditional style Accordion,but it's a synthesizer.
I can play a keyboard with left hand and I can make my own sound with right hand.
Read more about it at: http://littlebits.cc/projects/cardboard-accordion
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- which bit you explored in detail in this Invent
- where you might take this project next
- a video of your project working (and booming)
Remember this is a community who loves sharing work in progress Don't be shy to share your piece even if it is not finished yet and ask in the Project Buzz category in the forum for help.
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