Next in my exploration of Arduino-compatible audio boards is Adafruit’s compact and multi-functional VS1053. This board came out earlier this year just as I was getting preoccupied with moving, and I only recently discovered it. I got this board for Christmas from my dad, and put it together as soon ...

SensorMote Project 3/31/13 After watching the Distributed Environmental Data: On the Ground at the Data Sensing Lab video I was inspired to take on a larger project. I also thought it would be a nice distraction from my other projects. Up to this point my focus was audio, but sensors ...

3/6/13 Rugged Audio Shield – Session 1 The Rugged Audio Shield can function as both a sound generator, and a recording/playback device, with an advertised 44.1 khz/16 bit output. It includes both a line input and microphone input, along with stereo output with a volume control that can be mapped ...

Seeed (sic) Studio Music Shield v1.0 (VS1053B codec chip) The first time I worked with this board, I was running the Arduino IDE from my MacBook. The original source code from Seeed was very convoluted, and neither of their demos worked. Only after finding corrected code on GitHub did I ...

After creating a more fully-outfitted workbench, I dove into a capacitive sensing noise maker, commonly known as a Theremin. Although, to be accurate, this is not a theremin in the truest sense. It beeps and makes a variety of ascending and descending tones in response to hand movement, but it doesn’t make ...

Jan/Feb 2013 After working with the Adafruit Wave Shield, I wanted something a bit more compact. Enter the Sparkfun MP3 Trigger v2.0, which uses a VS1063A codec chip. After testing the basic switch open/close triggers, I wired this to an PIR (infrared) trigger and simple switch. The PIR is a bit finicky, and couple probably be ...

Wave Shield by Adafruit – Worked the first time! I knew my interest in electronic music and the maker movement would come together at some point. It was just a matter of when. The first catalyst, back in 2012, started when an artist friend wanted to trigger sounds for a sculpture. ...

Some experiments with an optical theremin and some effects pedals… used in one of my electro performances.     ...