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A stroll through Eric Archer’s synth prototype photoset reveals some of the most awesomely intricate specimens of DIY electronics I’ve ever come upon. I do believe I’m experiencing solder-envy. Seen above is his modified recreation of the TR-808 Rhythm Composer’s rimshot/clave circuit.

I had the chance to snap a quick macro shot of Eric’s touring gear when E-Squared performed at the last Handmade Music event –


Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

  • dnny

    Those shift registers are nicely layed out. Does anyone have some more info on them?

    • Collin Cunningham

      as per Mr. Archer’s note on Flickr –

      4-bit variable FIFO buffer (1-64 bit length)… element of the Lagged Fibonacci Generator