Atari Punk Console is one of my all time favorite synth. It’s a combination of two 555 timer chip (or IC 556) oscillator which produced 2 layers of square wave sounds. Atari Punk Console (APC) is a name given by Kaustic Machines crew because of the “low-fi” sound it produced is similar to the games from Atari Consoles in the 80’s, with square wave similar from Atari 2600. In this tutorial I’m giving schematic, EagleCad files and PCB design of APC using NE556 Integrated Circuit. Check out the video above to hear how it sounds :)
As we can see in Quad Oscillator using 4093, combining some oscillators is quite fun. It gives layers on our sounds and gives a sense of thickness on it. Besides Nand-Gate, we can also uses Schmitt-trigger (inverter) as oscillators using the same (more or less) logic. One of the most popular and easy to found chips out there is the 40106 hex-schmitt triggers which means it contain 6 inverters that each one of them can be easily turn as oscillators. There’s loads and loads of tutorials using these chip, I followed the flux monkey tutorials and modify it bellow. Check out the video to hear how it sound above. :D
After SITS oscillator, let’s try making combining some oscillators into one sound output. There’s many ways for us to build a lo-fi instruments from cheap electronics part that we can easily find in the nearest electronic store on our town. For an example is the Quad 2-input NAND gate CD4093 (Integrated Circuit / IC) which is only about Rp. 2000,-. Like the name, this IC have 4 nand gate which each of the gate can be easily transform as an oscillator. The oscillator will produce square wave sound as Nandgate produce binary signals as the output. There are many tutorials about using this IC, my personal favorite is micro-noise from Swiss Mechatronic Art Society (SGMK) and this simple 4 block Quad Oscillator from Flux monkey which I highly recommend for those of you would like to learn basic understanding on oscillators. In this post, I’m sharing the Quad osc that I modified from flux monkey along with schematics, PCB layout and print in EagleCAD files. Check the video above to see how it sounds. :)
A noisy square produced from the simple oscillator using NE555 timer IC
From the simple oscillator using NE555 I posted before, we can make different wave signals. The simple oscillator produced a square wave signal in which the changes between 0 to 1 goes in an instant. To produce a different wave signal, we can put a passive filters to ‘shape’ the signal output. Passive filter consists a composition of Resistors and Capacitors in which they shave and cut the square wave output. In this post, I put a together an oscillator based on MK555 schematic which combine Square, Integrator, Triangle, Sine (S I T S – to make it easier :D) in one oscillator with various different passive filter.