For my whole life, I've always wanted to be good at D.I.Y. and never have been - as previously mentioned elsewhere on this here blog thingy D.I.Y. in NeilSpeak tends to stand for Destroy It Yourself.
Anyway, I've had a hankering for a while to make an Atari Punk Console - it's basically an IC that can make noise and has knobs attached to it. And so I undertook the Vibrati Punk Console - exactly the same thing but with extra added features.
All the bits duly arrived and I looked at them on the desk with a sense of wonderment. No, actually, make that bewilderment. Could I do this? Of course I can. Will it work. Don't know.
So, I got a mug of coffee and sat and looked at it for a couple of days.
On the third day, I got bored with looking at it and went and made another mug of coffee in readiness for the task ahead.
I fired up the soldering iron (I thought "fired up" sounded a bit more sexy than "plugged in") and called up the instructions on the Internet. Easy-peasy. I put all the little resistors and capacitors in place, soldered in the IC plugs, attached the little switch and the battery connection, then the diddy speaker. It was then that I realised I had put one of the capacitors on the wrong way round. A quick clack of the keyboard and I ordered a replacement from a very useful and idiot-friendly site called Bitsbox which specialises in electrical components. At the same time, I also ordered a set of croc leads because I have circuit bending in mind - more on that soon.
A couple of days later and the replacement capacitor arrived and I set about putting on the board. I checked all the connections and resoldered a few bits before attaching the 9 volt battery and switching on.
Watch the video below if you don't believe me.