DIY Electronics: Introduction to digital instrument design



During these workshops you will prototype your own instrument (hardware and software) using an Arduino microcontroller, sensors, and Max or Pure Data. 

Registration includes access to all sessions. 

Dates: Thursdays: 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of October. 

6pm UK / 1pm EST / 10am PT

You will be introduced to the basics of working with an Arduino microcontroller and interfacing it with a computer software in order to generate, control and manipulate sound. We will use open source hardware and software (Arduino / Max or Pure Data) to prototype an instrument using buttons, switches, potentiometers and sensors. We will start by looking at the basics such as setting up Arduino and running sketches, analog vs digital pins, Arduino programming environment, basic electronic, etc. From there we will get a bit more advanced by looking at the serial communication, connecting sensors to Arduino, reading and values from sensors, and controlling sound parameters with them.


Beginner with notions of programming. All participants are required to have a computer with pre-installed Arduino IDE and Max or PureData.


Components (not included, please order):

Workshop sessions 
Thursday 8th October, session 1: introduction to Arduino: Hello World!

Basic electronic conventions
Arduino = software + hardware
Digital and analog pins
Arduino sketch structure
Running first sketch

Thursday 15th October, session 2: Hardware: Getting data from sensors
Prototyping on breadboard
Connecting sensor, potentiometer and button
Viewing data in Arduino IDE: Intro to serial monitor

Thursday 22nd October, session 3: Max/ Pure Data & Serial communication
Intro to Max / Pure Data - building a simple synth
Sending serial message: Arduino side
Receiving serial  message: Max / Pure Data side

Thursday 29th October, session 4: Putting it all together
Adding control to our synth patch in Max /  Pure Data
Experimenting and playing
More advanced Max / Pure Data patches.
Wrapping up: What's next?

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