Tottenham to Walthamstow

clacktronics Tottenham to Walthamstow

After 3 years in Tottenham Hale, I have now moved across the reservoirs to Walthamstow where I can now build a proper Workshop in a shed! Here is my old door sign that I made from PCB material.

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Cri “baby” Call

Cri Call Tube baby monitor front Cri baby CallI found this at work, at first it looked like some kind of intercom but then I realised it is called a “Cri Call”. It is an old valve based baby monitor! What you do is screw the small box onto the wall in the babys room then trail a wire along your hallway to your living room to monitor the baby. Next test, put a guitar into it! it will definitely make a neat practice amp (further pictures can be found by pressing more)

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The 3D printed bandwagon

Clacktronics Reprap The 3D printed bandwagonYes, I have also been swept up in the hype, after a few years of looking at them and wishing I could afford to make one I took the plunge as I worked out it could easily be done for around £350. It is mainly made from kit parts as it was almost the same price as sourcing the parts myself. I have some ideas for miniature leslie speakers and other such electro-mechanical gimmicks. watch this space!

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Maplin ADA Delay

Maplin ADA 1024x452 Maplin ADA DelayI had this one sitting on my desk a while. Whilst at the Music Hackspace in London another member (Bioni Samp) showed me this to look at. At first I thought it must just be another BBD or specialist IC delay but upon looking inside I realised it was a discrete 8 bit digital delay using an 8k x 8 sram IC as its memory. It was broken and I didnt really have enough time to fix it but because it was so interesting I took it.

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Clacktronics does LED Projects

LED hoop 1024x576 Clacktronics does LED ProjectsBecause of my day job I quite often get approached by artists to produce electronic parts for them. Recently I seem to have made a lot of LED projects! Above is part of a series of LED hoops that were commissioned for the band Django Django. This was by the artist Kim Coleman who needed them as a part of her stage design for the band.

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Rebel Tech

DSC 81401 1024x874 Rebel Tech

Recently I have been working with Rebel Tech to release a new Eurorack module range based in London. It has been really interesting and something I have long been interested in producing. The first module is a dual Euclidean Sequencer and more details can be found on the website here

Look out for more modules in the future, some influenced by clacktronics!


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Clacktronics back in new year!

Press n Peel Ferric Chloride fade Clacktronics back in new year!

There has been a bit of silence recently, this is because I have a new job! assisting in the design and installation of electronic works for the artist Haroon Mirza. But Clacktronics is still going, soon there should be a new pedal release and I have been getting into Arduino so expect some exciting new things and posts soon, including updates to the Analogue Drum Lab.

As part of this post I have just published a new article on using press’n’peel to make PCB’s at home. This can be found here >>


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Star Synare 3 Page

New Page on the Star Synare 3 in the Analog Drum Lab project – making a DIY PCB soon so watch out! If you have any information on this drum or you own it please get into contact. (I do not know were this image came from – I was tired – but if you took it and you are not happy please email me and I will take it down ) synare3large 147 e1317332821202 Star Synare 3 Page
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Oxford OSCar

OSCar3 Oxford OSCarSadly I ran out of time on this one, the problem was it had suffered a power supply failure. The positive 5v rail was completely down and it seemed some component (on the densely packed main board) had caused this. I cosmetically fixed it up and didn’t charge the owner. Designed and released by Chris Hugget after the collapse of EDP it is a very interesting design electronically and mechanically. I really like the way the keyboard is slightly tilted up and the way everything is held together with metal bars and big chunks of moulded rubber. Sad to say the rubber doesn’t last, on this one it was very brittle, so taking it apart was difficult! Such a shame I really wanted to hear it! it has so many interesting features Continue reading
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Lazertran Tutorial

24 Lazertran Tutorial Aluminium finished Lazertran TutorialI have written a new lazertran tutorial here (normally found under Info>DIY) This is how I make a lot of one offs and small batches. Soon I will be moving to screen print , so I will put up info on that. Interestingly I have found information about how you can use it to etch, this could be good for PCB’s!
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