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We’re giving away amazing kits from our new Make: Ultimate Kit Guide EVERY DAY — thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, including MakerBots!

To celebrate the release of our latest publication, the Make: Ultimate Kit Guide 2012 (and its companion website), we’re giving away at least one of the cool kits reviewed in the issue each day during the holiday season.

Today’s giveaway is a Thingamagoop 2 analog noise machine (value at $110). Here’s the first part of John Baichtal’s review of the Thingamagoop 2 from the Guide:

Analog voltage-controlled oscillators (AVOs) make a variety of intriguing hums, beeps, buzzes, and loops, controlled by buttons, knobs, and sensors. These are fantastic group projects because once the soldering irons are all put down, you get an excellent payoff: you can have an impromptu concert. Bleep Labs, run by Austin, Texas, circuit bender and kit maker John-Michael Reed, produces a few AVO kits that I’ve built and had fun with.

The Thingamagoop 2 features a square wave amplitude modulator and triangle wave pulse width modulator, packed into a lovely silkscreened metal enclosure. The Thingamagoop’s signature component is an LED on a bendable wire antenna called the LEDacle, which looks cool and, more importantly, interfaces with the light sensor hidden in the eye, making for a huge range of possible sounds.

You can read the rest of it here.

To be eligible for today’s giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below in this post. The entry period for today’s prize will be until 11:59pm PST tonight. We’ll choose one person at random, you’ll be notified by email, and you’ll have 48 hours to respond. The Winners List is kept on the Giveaway landing page. That’s it! No purchase necessary or anything else to do. Please leave only one comment per post. You can enter as many giveaways as you like until you win. This giveaway is for US residents only. You also must be 18 years old to enter (Kids: Ask your parents to enter). See the Kit-A-Day Giveaway landing page for full sweepstakes details and Official Rules.

Important Note: If you enter this drawing, when it’s over, please check the place where you registered to comment (eg. Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter). Some people are winning these kits and then not responding when we send them a message using the available means of contacting them. We want to make sure you get your giveaway!

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Still entering in the hope I’ll win something

  2. Anonymous says:

    So this entry thing: it’s totally random?
    Like I shouldn’t bother trying to be clever or anything?

    That sound hard.

  3. David Keys says:

    Happy holidays Makers

  4. Alright, this looks pretty cool. 

  5. Anonymous says:


  6. jesco w says:

    id love to play around with one of these

  7. Steven Dedloff says:

    mawhahahahaha analog

  8. I’ve always wanted to build a… whatyamacallit-thingamasomething.

  9. Anonymous says:


  10. Mark Ballinger says:

    I’m in. Have had my eye on these for a while.

  11. This would be the perfect thing to annoy my cats or wake up my wife.

  12. J. Smith says:

    I would use this in the shower all the time.

  13. Michael McSpadden says:

    Sounds fun.

  14. Andrew Maxwell-Parish says:

    I like it!

  15. Mike Bila says:

    y little boy would love this

  16. Anonymous says:

    Great gift for nephews and grandkids. (in someone else’s house!)

  17. Anonymous says:

    I’m in.

  18. Anonymous says:

    goop goop!  goop goop!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Pick me!

  20. lumi lammas says:

    what fun!

  21. Sean Canton says:

    Insert Witty Comment Here

  22. Anonymous says:

    Ohhhh.. I want one!

  23. You said “poop”!  
    wait. no.  you said “goop”.   
    I just went on an emotional roller-coaster: from childish snickering to adultish disappointment with the way things really are.

  24. Anonymous says:


  25. Kristoffer Alquiza says:

    Looks cool!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Pick me, pick me. :)

  27. Jeff Green says:

    Sounds like fun for the kids!

  28. Larry Garetto says:

    Inanimate object monsters!

  29. Anonymous says:

    I like noisy things

  30. Marlene DeGrood says:

    Thingamagoop will look great on my desk and noise to my ears!  Got to win!

  31. Awesome kit to mess around with !!

  32. Anonymous says:

    This would be fun for my son and me. 

  33. Winner, Winner, Chicken dinner

  34. Ted Breyere says:

    I made one of these years ago, but without the graphics and funny name. Would be nice for the kids.

  35. DakotaE says:

    Mmmm…. Knobs and…. switches…. and MEtal ScreWs and MOSTER FACES! OH GOD I WANT. Oh well…..

  36. Anonymous says:

    Fun fun in the sun

  37. Bryan Currey says:

    You WANT to give this to me ! You really really do ! :D

  38. Anonymous says:

    Want one, Santa Make!

  39. Nathaniel Bass says:

    Yes, please!

  40. kevin sexton says:

    looks like a cool one to play with, enter me

  41. Dan Pelzel says:

    pick me

  42. Anonymous says:

    Let’s make some noise!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Please enter me!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Biz Buzz Bop Zing Zip

  45. Anonymous says:


  46. Anonymous says:

    Not the sort of thing that would represent an obvious need, but – there it is.
    I need it!

  47. William Stepler says:

    please give me things

  48. Don Underwood says:

    Well… Here goes nothing.

  49. I can always make room for one more kit…

  50. Doug Gibbs says:

    Very cool kit. My kids would love it. Put me in the contest!

  51. I promise that If I win this mixer, I will use it for concerts and take good care of it as I would for an instrument. I would also use it for my group, so we can play electronic style songs!

  52. Lin Weeks says:

    Love the name.  Love the kit!

  53. Hap Durr says:

    Cool creature creation

  54. Anonymous says:

    Just what I need! After all, my boys don’t make enough noise on their own…

  55. Anonymous says:

    Cool! Sign me up, please!

  56. Dan Pollack says:

    Good and noisy.

  57. Anonymous says:

    Yes please!

  58. Anonymous says:

    Beep beep boop click hummmmmmmmm.

  59. Brad Trotter says:


  60. - du315h0k - says:

    I would love to make noise with brutal analog monster! ROCK!

  61. Anonymous says:


  62. Sean Lavery says:

    As if we don’t have enough noise making things…. eh, one more won’t hurt – Kids? Get the soldering irons!

  63. Anonymous says:

    I have always wanted one of these. Soo awesome. Please be mine!

  64. Erik Mendoza says:


  65. Rory Santino says:

    Perfect todrive cats and kids nuts. Wife too…

  66. Anonymous says:

    I’m curious!

  67. Bruno Afonso says:

    I love this!!! Would be great for live performance :-)

  68. David Cushing says:

    My wife loves noise makers ;)

  69. charles wolfe says:


  70. Anonymous says:

    I like making noise!!

  71. Anonymous says:

    I accidentally read thingamapoop was wondering wtf until my brain caught up

  72. Bcook65 says:

    Everyone needs a thingamabop.. 

  73. Shawn Bernard says:


  74. Nick Morey says:

    Annoying sounds from a little metal box. That’s #1 on my son’s Christmas list. 

  75. eadahl says:

    awesome. I’d love to win a thingamagoop.

  76. Brian Berry says:

    I want this thing

  77. Anonymous says:

    sign me up!

  78. Anonymous says:

    Enter Me Please

  79. Jeremy Lambert says:


  80. I’ve always wanted a Thingamagoop 2!

  81. David Cook says:


  82. Anonymous says:

    Would be interesting to compare noise levels with my 3 year old grand-daughter!

  83. Vrmithrax says:


  84. Jay Balmer says:


  85. Eric Lofgren says:


  86. Roger Romani says:

    Cool! I want one!

  87. Anonymous says:

    This looks really fun.

  88. Anonymous says:

    something fun for the kids

  89. dru streicher says:

    pretty please

  90. Jordan B says:

    This looks cool!

  91. Win Heagy says:

    I’m in…

  92. Joseph Elsbernd says:


  93. Anonymous says:

    Tune time

  94. Vincent Chernesky says:

    Let’s win one for the offspring today!

  95. Keith says:

    Best kit giveaway so far!

  96. Evans Tucker says:

    I’ve always wanted one of these things! I’ve seen one once! It’s AWESOME!

  97. Anonymous says:

    I have just recently ordered my very first “Maker” project. The open source music project called MeeBlip. It is still on the mail can as we speak.

    I would love the chance to add this project to my collection and to help me add to my “box of goodies”. I stopped by my local “makers shed” yesterday and picked up the need supplies for my first build I’m so anxiously awaiting.

    I would be happy to tell you this would make it to a good home as I’m totally in love with music creation and hope to pair my love for music creation with a new love…the love of hot burning rosin core :).

    I found this link through palmsounds blog. A mobile musicians group that caters to more then just iPad/iPod and other mobile devices but is also a big supporter of all thing “Make”. Please sen some support his way as it really is a great source for all things fun!

    Thanks for taking this entry in consideration. I’d hope to win and maybe even get a chance to build my own thingamagoop while the “iron is still hot” (pun intended) ;)

    Sincerely @freesoulvw

  98. One reason I want it is because the name is fun to say!  Thingamagoop!

    I’m easily amused.

  99. Matt Dricker says:


  100. Anonymous says:

    I need this thingy

  101. Max Brown says:

    pick me pick me ooh

  102. Looks fun.  I’ll take one. 

  103. Adam R. Hughes says:


  104. I love these things! Ever since I finished my Atari Punk Console I’ve wanted to either make or have one of these babies.

  105. Kathy Tappan says:

    these are great!

  106. Anonymous says:

    these are so funny thanks

  107. well, I’m sure I’m not going to win, but here’s trying anyway.

  108. Chris Krueger says:


  109. James R. says:

    This would make a nice gift!

  110. Gene H says:

    That looks pretty funky

  111. Andrea Sanders says:

    Make – you made buying great xmas gifts way better this year!

  112. Anonymous says:

    beep boop beep boop

  113. Ben Zand says:

    Hahah genius

  114. mazzmn says:

    Thing 1 and Thing 2,

    oh what fun I will have making you,
    then we’ll destroy the whole house
    until the Cat will be forced to throw us out

    (my apologies to Dr Seuss) 

  115. Anonymous says:


  116. Anonymous says:

    Want this!!!!

  117. Kelly H says:

    (waves hand in air)pick me!

  118. Marc Pertron says:

    Why not after all :)

  119. Love the monster on the front.

  120. TK says:

    It’s adorable!

  121. Tod Stetson says:

    thingamagoop is a funny name

  122. This one sounds nice…

  123. David Miller says:


  124. Daniel Crooks says:


  125. Gary Oshust says:

    Reminds me of the sound effects toy I had when I was a kid.

  126. Anonymous says:

    Here’s my thingamaentry.

  127. Tony Sharpe says:

    Looks fun to build

  128. I hereby enter this drawing.

  129. Anonymous says:

    Oooo gimme one of them whatchamaycallits! (also, Disqus doesn’t work very well in Chrome)

  130. Linda O says:

    I think I would add fur to this to make it more cuddly.

  131. Anonymous says:

    Interesting gift  for a friend indeed

  132. Ben Stoutenburgh says:

    looks good

  133. Rodney Peters says:

    That looks like a fun kit

  134. Robert Latta says:

    Looks great.

  135. Anonymous says:

    raises hand!

  136. Anonymous says:

    Thing a what, Thing a what , Thing a what.

  137. Gary Dion says:

    This would go straight to my nephew so he could annoy the crap out of his parents.

  138. PJ Perfetti says:

    this is awesome

  139. Anonymous says:

    looks good!

  140. Roby Hamilton says:


  141. Anonymous says:

    Music to my ears

  142. Jon says:

    I love swimin’ with bow legged women

  143. Anonymous says:

    ooooo ooooo ooooo ooooo! 

  144. Steven Christensen says:

    You had me at “noise Machine”

  145. Kirt Stanke says:

    This is a statement masquerading as feeble attempt to win free schwag.

  146. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm… I make enough strange noises as it is…

  147. These things are awesome! totally want one

  148. Anonymous says:

    Analog synths are cool.

  149. Brooke Bizub says:

    I want this sooo bad!

  150. Kate Bemish says:

    Now that might be fun….

  151. Thingamawoooooooo!!!!!

  152. Jonathan Lang says:

    Me! Me! Me!!!

  153. David Catlin says:

    I love gizmos so much more than gadgets

  154. Tara Kievlan says:

    Oooo, that sounds nifty!

  155. Ethan Perrin says:

    I actually happen to need a noisemaker…

  156. Thingamawhatsit..  yes.

  157. Ben Lr says:

    This Thingamagoop is awesome!

  158. Anonymous says:

    My kids will love this!

  159. Gary Sinclair says:

    Sure, why not.

  160. Andy III says:

    These are awesome! Want!

  161. Craig LeBaron says:

    This thing looks awesome

  162. Anonymous says:

    OK, weird, but I’m game….

  163. Anonymous says:


  164. Greg Chaney says:

    noise,just what ineed to drown out the other noise

  165. Tom Warin says:

    Please to give me, now.

  166. Robert Mohler says:

    Wonder how this would sound run thru my 160 watt fender amp?

  167. Honus says:

    My boys would play with this nonstop!

  168. Chip Eyler says:

    coolest thing ever!

  169. Anonymous says:

    good luck!

  170. Anonymous says:

    What would we do without Make?

  171. Ann says:

    Please enter me!

  172. Anonymous says:


  173. Anonymous says:

    thing me

  174. Jay Graves says:

    love it

  175. Anonymous says:

    Very Dr. Seuss…

  176. keith corcoran says:


  177. Patrick Farrell says:

    this would be a great win

  178. Christopher Cimiluca says:

    The joy of creation plus the joy of annoying people around you.

  179. Anonymous says:

    Not a US resident, but can have it shipped to a relative in the US who’ll send it to me! 

  180. Adam Long says:

    Wow this looks really cool.

  181. Andrea Scott says:

    This sounds cool.

  182. Anonymous says:

    looks fun, potentially very annoying.

  183. Jeff says:

    Merry Christmas to me?

  184. Justin says:

    This would be fun to have.

  185. Anonymous says:

    Looks like so much fun!

  186. William Lauffer says:

    My students would love this.  Wish us luck!

  187. Anonymous says:


  188. michael polk says:

    Heck yes! I would love this. Merry Christmas Everyone!

  189. IDITO says:

    This looks excellent! 

  190. George Stuart says:

    an entry for awesomeness

  191. That would be a lot of fun for my 3 year old to play with!

  192. Mike Burr says:

    Always love working with analog toys. ;-)

  193. Matt Erdman says:

    I’m a sucker for synthesizers!

  194. Nice i would love to try it.

  195. David C Dean says:

    Looks like fun.  I’m in.

  196. John W says:

    Good stuff

  197. Frank Carey says:

    I don’t know what it is, but I definitely want one.

  198. Anonymous says:

    I really want to win something!

  199. Anonymous says:

    Looks like fun

  200. Joseph kirdahy says:


  201. Zachary Anderson says:


  202. Nathaniel Stephens says:

    this would be swell!!!

  203. Rita Kirdahy says:


  204. kevix says:

    bleep, blop, bloop, let the squeals begin!

  205. Timothy Gray says:

    I’ll take one? pick me Pick me!

  206. Anonymous says:

    These things are sooo cool. I really want to try one!

  207. Anonymous says:

    This would be a great gift

  208. Anonymous says:

    What is this I don’t even

  209. Keith Nelson says:

    This – This – This

  210. Aaron Colflesh says:

    Oooo Shiney!

  211. Anonymous says:

    this would entertain for hours :D

  212. Anonymous says:

    I’ve always wanted a Thimamagoop since the first one came out years ago. I think I really NEED one now.

  213. Terry Johnston says:

    This would be a great companion to my other Thingamagoop.

  214. Anonymous says:

    Cool! Sound Projects for class!

  215. I have already decided to make my christmas presents.

  216. David Ng says:

    This would be great for me and my niece!

  217. Mitch says:

    would be an awesome project

  218. krys evans says:


  219. Dylan Boyce says:

    I want one! Happy Holidays ^_^

  220. Mike Cohen says:


  221. Robert Reznik says:

    yes please!

  222. Anonymous says:

    “sounds” like fun ><

  223. This would be fun to play with.

  224. Lorna Zorman says:

    Looks like a fun kit.

  225. Michal Chamedes says:

    These things are gonna take over the planet…I want one!

  226. Anonymous says:

    Our house needs more noise.

  227. Tony Weiner says:

    that thing-a-ma-bob you do!

  228. Tyler Stiffler says:

    good luck all

  229. Anonymous says:

    very interesting, fun to have

  230. James Todd says:

    very cool

  231. Anonymous says:


  232. John Wolter says:


  233. Anonymous says:

    Count me in!

  234. I love thingamagoops with knobs and switches!

  235. thomas sldoednfhdk says:

    Got to, got to, got to give it up, baby.

  236. Gerhard Didier De la mora says:

    try to win

  237. Andy Slupe says:

    yes please!

  238. Daniel Smith says:

    Cool.  Fingers crossed.

  239. Ann Monroe says:

    Lady Luck smile on me.

  240. Nathan Pryor says:

    This “sounds” like a good kit.  Nyuk nyuk nyuk.

  241. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like my kind of give-away! Make rocks!

  242. Anonymous says:

    hahaaha, Makezine is the best

  243. Anonymous says:

    Wow!  I could really amuse friends & family with this one!

  244. Glen Sawyer says:


  245. Anonymous says:

    yes please!

  246. if i say i love becky, mike, phillip, gareth, and brookelyn, will you choose me as a winner??  i’d still love you all if you didn’t tho..

  247. Chip says:

    want want

  248. chris conley says:

    what is up thing-a-ma-G! you look tough yo!

  249. Anonymous says:

    It looks just like me. Must have, must have, must have.

  250. Matthew Coleman says:

    me please?

  251. Anonymous says:

    Solder, then make noise. Sounds like fun!

  252. Anonymous says:

    bleep bloop blop… weeeoooopppp

  253. Anonymous says:

    Beep beep boop goop!

  254. Eli Garlick says:

    The worlds most perfect annoying device!!!!!!!

  255. spudman says:

    Oh I just love goop.  And this would be goop for my ears.
    Thingamagiveme Please!

  256. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a good one…

  257. Anonymous says:

    Neato frito bandido

  258. Anders Howard says:

    I’ll take it.

  259. John Abella says:

    I’ve been eyeing one of these for years….

  260. Ryan Holler says:

    Thingamgig, goopamatic, thingamagoop!

  261. Does it make a w00t noise

  262. Anonymous says:

    Scary! Noisy!

  263. Seth Winsor says:

    I want one

  264. Anonymous says:

    if it has thingama in the name, I must have it!

  265. James Jurack says:

    I’ll bite.

  266. Sure, I’ll take one please.

  267. Olga Montealegre says:

    How many times does one have to beg before it just becomes pathetic? I’m there, plus one.

  268. Anonymous says:

    That look like a lot of fun!

  269. Daniel Creeron says:

    Thingachoose me for the prize!  :o)

  270. Anonymous says:

    How can you not take a chance on this. I played with one at maker faire a few years ago and it was super fun.

  271. Andrew says:

    This seems entertaining.

  272. Anonymous says:


  273. Peter Walsh says:


  274. Jason Mosack says:

    Nice, I’ve thought about getting one of these.

  275. John Baird says:

    Blizz, borp, ping.

  276. Eric Sullenberger says:

    Another great prize.

  277. mvsorola says:

    I have to win eventually…right?

  278. Sarah Richardson says:

    We need another noise maker in our house!

  279. Anonymous says:


  280. Scott says:

    Oh wow that’s like a thermo-nuclear APC..

  281. Mark Prelich says:

    One please.

  282. Eric Slack says:

    I bet I could annoy my wife with this!

  283. I would like to win this!

  284. Amelia Porges says:

    What a great idea! 

  285. I would like to win this

  286. Anonymous says:


  287. Eric Buehler says:

    love to take apart for the kids!

  288. Jimmy Brokaw says:

    Neat kit. I made similar projects when I was young, even down to the light and sensor (although I used a small incandescent bulb, that being an older age)

  289. Anonymous says:

    I’ll bet it sings better than I do

  290. Shweta Phadnis says:

    Cool !

  291. Philip Lexow says:

    Interesting device, would love to try it.

  292. I haven’t done much of these, but this looks great.

  293. Tricia Jones says:

    looks like a fun kit to build!

  294. Ron Smith says:

    this is a thing-a-ma-comment

  295. megan geiser says:

    id love try this ..  sign me up please

  296. Anonymous says:

    Maybe now I can make some music

  297. Anonymous says:

    Awesome! :-)

  298. John Williams says:

    Will it be here for Christmas?

  299. Anonymous says:


  300. timothynoble says:

    i do like this little guy…

  301. Anonymous says:

    Great kit!

  302. Win Guy says:

    I am experimenting with waveforms, vco, etc. on many formats. This is exactly what I need to complete my projects!

  303. Anonymous says:

    every time I see this is misread and think “Thingamapoop” :)

  304. Rich Brunner says:

    yep I will take one :)

  305. Anonymous says:


  306. Anonymous says:

    My students would say: “Yo Mr.B, that thing is icy!” and I’d be like, “Yea dog….what it is”

  307. Brett Thompson says:

    Should I let my daughter near it?  Gotta be better than the talking dog that weird rolling monkey thing.

  308. Been eyeing these kits for a couple years at least!

  309. Anonymous says:

    Goop de doop.

  310. Jeff Sandys says:

    These things are Fun

  311. Brittney Schaefermeyer says:

    I’ve been SSSOOOO good Santa!

  312. Jarrod Sears says:


  313. Anonymous says:


  314. Wolfgang Friedrich says:


  315. Tucker Wilson says:


  316. Anonymous says:

    Uh, weird.

  317. Evan Hunt says:

    This is Relevant To My Interests.

  318. Anonymous says:

    oh, pretty please! my boys would love it.

  319. Patrick Tsukuda says:

    This just looks fun…

  320. Almost missed this one, because it does not have the same tag as the others in the contest.  Which is a shame, since I’ve been eyeing this kit  for years.

  321. Chris Arredondo says:

    Hello and thanks

  322. Anonymous says:

    Thingamagoop 2 what a great kit well what can I say another great kit I would love to win this

  323. Anonymous says:

    Yes please!

  324. MrRebeLs says:


  325. Anonymous says:

    Bloop bloop blip bleep bleep.

  326. Matthew Beldyk says:

    This would be fun to build

  327. Anonymous says:


  328. Anonymous says:

    This really looks like a a cool kit to make and experiment with!

  329. keith rossman says:

    put me in please!

  330. Anonymous says:

    Yes please.

  331. James Heath says:

    cool – love it – want one!

  332. these are cool  My son and fiancee would love one!

  333. Matthew Roy says:

    I’ve always wanted one of these!

  334. Ben Kasava says:

    that looks ;like great fun!

  335. Anonymous says:

    Thingies are always cool

  336. Anonymous says:

    looks like fun to me

  337. Anonymous says:

    Yah, I’m all for free bloop bleep bloops.

  338. oh snap this looks cool still

  339. Anonymous says:


  340. Anonymous says:


  341. Ashley Huxley says:

    Looks interesting…

  342. Eric Gero says:

    So many great kits here.

  343. Robert says:

    This one sounds like it would be a lot of fun to play with.
    (Heh, see what I did there?)

  344. Robert says:

    I really need this to drive my wife crazy. My turn!

  345. Anonymous says:

    Very cool!

  346. Anonymous says:

    This is eerily cool.

  347. Gabe Heath says:

    There are so many kits that I want to win.

  348. Nathaniel Cresswell says:

    my mind grapes would like this.

  349. Anonymous says:


  350. At first I thought it read, “thingamaPOOP,” and then I realized it didn’t. Still made me enter, though.

  351. Matthew Young says:

    My wife just shuddered and doesn’t know why yet.

  352. James Marshall says:

    Too late?

  353. Lann Owens says: