Hey, you want to make some chunky 8-bit music? In a recipe box? With Atari paddles? Using a Dremel tool? We thought you might. The “Atari Punk Console” is the name given to the wonderfully retro-sounding stepped tone generator, designed by hobby electronics pioneer Forrest M. Mims III. It is a 556-based timer circuit oscillator that generates a square wave. More importantly, it sounds like Atari 2600 music and is fun to build into a cool enclosure.
Materials: Dremel Rotary Tool with drill bits, circle cutter attachment/bit, sanding drum Atari Punk Console kit from makershed.com/apc Atari 2600 paddle controllers (1) optional but much cooler Wooden recipe box or cigar box Red LED, 360? resistor and LED holder Wire mesh for speaker grill Screws and nuts for speaker mounting Velcro tape Drill press or hand drill and bits for mounted component holes Soldering iron and solder Safety goggles
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