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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

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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

  2. Anonymous on said:

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

    That sound hard.

  3. Happy holidays Makers

  4. Alright, this looks pretty cool. 

  5. Anonymous on said:


  6. id love to play around with one of these

  7. Steven Dedloff on said:

    mawhahahahaha analog

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

  9. Anonymous on said:


  10. Mark Ballinger on said:

    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 on said:

    I would use this in the shower all the time.

  13. Michael McSpadden on said:

    Sounds fun.

  14. Andrew Maxwell-Parish on said:

    I like it!

  15. y little boy would love this

  16. Anonymous on said:

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

  17. Anonymous on said:

    I’m in.

  18. Anonymous on said:

    goop goop!  goop goop!

  19. Anonymous on said:

    Pick me!

  20. lumi lammas on said:

    what fun!

  21. Sean Canton on said:

    Insert Witty Comment Here

  22. Anonymous on said:

    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 on said:


  25. Kristoffer Alquiza on said:

    Looks cool!

  26. Anonymous on said:

    Pick me, pick me. :)

  27. Sounds like fun for the kids!

  28. Larry Garetto on said:

    Inanimate object monsters!

  29. Anonymous on said:

    I like noisy things

  30. Marlene DeGrood on said:

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

  31. Awesome kit to mess around with !!

  32. Anonymous on said:

    This would be fun for my son and me. 

  33. Winner, Winner, Chicken dinner

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

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

  36. Anonymous on said:

    Fun fun in the sun

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

  38. Anonymous on said:

    Want one, Santa Make!

  39. Nathaniel Bass on said:

    Yes, please!

  40. kevin sexton on said:

    looks like a cool one to play with, enter me

  41. Dan Pelzel on said:

    pick me

  42. Anonymous on said:

    Let’s make some noise!

  43. Anonymous on said:

    Please enter me!

  44. Anonymous on said:

    Biz Buzz Bop Zing Zip

  45. Anonymous on said:


  46. Anonymous on said:

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

  47. William Stepler on said:

    please give me things

  48. Don Underwood on said:

    Well… Here goes nothing.

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

  50. Doug Gibbs on said:

    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. Love the name.  Love the kit!

  53. Cool creature creation

  54. Anonymous on said:

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

  55. Anonymous on said:

    Cool! Sign me up, please!

  56. Dan Pollack on said:

    Good and noisy.

  57. Anonymous on said:

    Yes please!

  58. Anonymous on said:

    Beep beep boop click hummmmmmmmm.

  59. Brad Trotter on said:


  60. - du315h0k - on said:

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

  61. Anonymous on said:


  62. Sean Lavery on said:

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

  63. Anonymous on said:

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

  64. Erik Mendoza on said:


  65. Rory Santino on said:

    Perfect todrive cats and kids nuts. Wife too…

  66. Anonymous on said:

    I’m curious!

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

  68. David Cushing on said:

    My wife loves noise makers ;)

  69. charles wolfe on said:


  70. Anonymous on said:

    I like making noise!!

  71. Anonymous on said:

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

  72. Everyone needs a thingamabop.. 

  73. Shawn Bernard on said:


  74. Nick Morey on said:

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

  75. awesome. I’d love to win a thingamagoop.

  76. Brian Berry on said:

    I want this thing

  77. Anonymous on said:

    sign me up!

  78. Anonymous on said:

    Enter Me Please

  79. Jeremy Lambert on said:


  80. I’ve always wanted a Thingamagoop 2!

  81. David Cook on said:


  82. Anonymous on said:

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

  83. Vrmithrax on said:


  84. Jay Balmer on said:


  85. Eric Lofgren on said:


  86. Roger Romani on said:

    Cool! I want one!

  87. Anonymous on said:

    This looks really fun.

  88. Anonymous on said:

    something fun for the kids

  89. dru streicher on said:

    pretty please

  90. This looks cool!

  91. Win Heagy on said:

    I’m in…

  92. Joseph Elsbernd on said:


  93. Anonymous on said:

    Tune time

  94. Vincent Chernesky on said:

    Let’s win one for the offspring today!

  95. Best kit giveaway so far!

  96. Evans Tucker on said:

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

  97. Anonymous on said:

    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 on said:


  100. Anonymous on said:

    I need this thingy

  101. Max Brown on said:

    pick me pick me ooh

  102. Looks fun.  I’ll take one. 

  103. Adam R. Hughes on said:


  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 on said:

    these are great!

  106. Anonymous on said:

    these are so funny thanks

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

  108. Chris Krueger on said:


  109. This would make a nice gift!

  110. That looks pretty funky

  111. Andrea Sanders on said:

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

  112. Anonymous on said:

    beep boop beep boop

  113. Hahah genius

  114. 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 on said:


  116. Anonymous on said:

    Want this!!!!

  117. (waves hand in air)pick me!

  118. Marc Pertron on said:

    Why not after all :)

  119. Love the monster on the front.

  120. It’s adorable!

  121. Tod Stetson on said:

    thingamagoop is a funny name

  122. This one sounds nice…

  123. David Miller on said:


  124. Daniel Crooks on said:


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

  126. Anonymous on said:

    Here’s my thingamaentry.

  127. Tony Sharpe on said:

    Looks fun to build

  128. I hereby enter this drawing.

  129. Anonymous on said:

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

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

  131. Anonymous on said:

    Interesting gift  for a friend indeed

  132. Ben Stoutenburgh on said:

    looks good

  133. Rodney Peters on said:

    That looks like a fun kit

  134. Robert Latta on said:

    Looks great.

  135. Anonymous on said:

    raises hand!

  136. Anonymous on said:

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

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

  138. PJ Perfetti on said:

    this is awesome

  139. Anonymous on said:

    looks good!

  140. Roby Hamilton on said:


  141. Anonymous on said:

    Music to my ears

  142. I love swimin’ with bow legged women

  143. Anonymous on said:

    ooooo ooooo ooooo ooooo! 

  144. Steven Christensen on said:

    You had me at “noise Machine”

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

  146. Anonymous on said:

    Hmmm… I make enough strange noises as it is…

  147. These things are awesome! totally want one

  148. Anonymous on said:

    Analog synths are cool.

  149. Brooke Bizub on said:

    I want this sooo bad!

  150. Now that might be fun….

  151. Thingamawoooooooo!!!!!

  152. Jonathan Lang on said:

    Me! Me! Me!!!

  153. I love gizmos so much more than gadgets

  154. Tara Kievlan on said:

    Oooo, that sounds nifty!

  155. I actually happen to need a noisemaker…

  156. Thingamawhatsit..  yes.

  157. This Thingamagoop is awesome!

  158. Anonymous on said:

    My kids will love this!

  159. Gary Sinclair on said:

    Sure, why not.

  160. Andy III on said:

    These are awesome! Want!

  161. Craig LeBaron on said:

    This thing looks awesome

  162. Anonymous on said:

    OK, weird, but I’m game….

  163. Anonymous on said:


  164. noise,just what ineed to drown out the other noise

  165. Tom Warin on said:

    Please to give me, now.

  166. Robert Mohler on said:

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

  167. My boys would play with this nonstop!

  168. Chip Eyler on said:

    coolest thing ever!

  169. Anonymous on said:

    good luck!

  170. Anonymous on said:

    What would we do without Make?

  171. Please enter me!

  172. Anonymous on said:


  173. Anonymous on said:

    thing me

  174. Jay Graves on said:

    love it

  175. Anonymous on said:

    Very Dr. Seuss…

  176. keith corcoran on said:


  177. Patrick Farrell on said:

    this would be a great win

  178. Christopher Cimiluca on said:

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

  179. Anonymous on said:

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

  180. Adam Long on said:

    Wow this looks really cool.

  181. Andrea Scott on said:

    This sounds cool.

  182. Anonymous on said:

    looks fun, potentially very annoying.

  183. Merry Christmas to me?

  184. This would be fun to have.

  185. Anonymous on said:

    Looks like so much fun!

  186. William Lauffer on said:

    My students would love this.  Wish us luck!

  187. Anonymous on said:


  188. michael polk on said:

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

  189. This looks excellent! 

  190. George Stuart on said:

    an entry for awesomeness

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

  192. Always love working with analog toys. ;-)

  193. I’m a sucker for synthesizers!

  194. Nice i would love to try it.

  195. Looks like fun.  I’m in.

  196. Good stuff

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

  198. Anonymous on said:

    I really want to win something!

  199. Anonymous on said:

    Looks like fun

  200. Joseph kirdahy on said:


  201. Zachary Anderson on said:


  202. Nathaniel Stephens on said:

    this would be swell!!!

  203. Rita Kirdahy on said:


  204. bleep, blop, bloop, let the squeals begin!

  205. I’ll take one? pick me Pick me!

  206. Anonymous on said:

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

  207. Anonymous on said:

    This would be a great gift

  208. Anonymous on said:

    What is this I don’t even

  209. Keith Nelson on said:

    This – This – This

  210. Aaron Colflesh on said:

    Oooo Shiney!

  211. Anonymous on said:

    this would entertain for hours :D

  212. Anonymous on said:

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

  213. Terry Johnston on said:

    This would be a great companion to my other Thingamagoop.

  214. Anonymous on said:

    Cool! Sound Projects for class!

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

  216. David Ng on said:

    This would be great for me and my niece!

  217. would be an awesome project

  218. krys evans on said:


  219. Dylan Boyce on said:

    I want one! Happy Holidays ^_^

  220. Thingamagoooooooooooooooooooooooooop

  221. Robert Reznik on said:

    yes please!

  222. Anonymous on said:

    “sounds” like fun ><

  223. This would be fun to play with.

  224. Looks like a fun kit.

  225. Michal Chamedes on said:

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

  226. Anonymous on said:

    Our house needs more noise.

  227. Tony Weiner on said:

    that thing-a-ma-bob you do!

  228. Tyler Stiffler on said:

    good luck all

  229. Anonymous on said:

    very interesting, fun to have

  230. James Todd on said:

    very cool

  231. Anonymous on said:


  232. John Wolter on said:


  233. Anonymous on said:

    Count me in!

  234. I love thingamagoops with knobs and switches!

  235. thomas sldoednfhdk on said:

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

  236. Gerhard Didier De la mora on said:

    try to win

  237. Andy Slupe on said:

    yes please!

  238. Daniel Smith on said:

    Cool.  Fingers crossed.

  239. Lady Luck smile on me.

  240. Nathan Pryor on said:

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

  241. Anonymous on said:

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

  242. Anonymous on said:

    hahaaha, Makezine is the best

  243. Anonymous on said:

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

  244. Glen Sawyer on said:


  245. Anonymous on said:

    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. want want

  248. chris conley on said:

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

  249. Anonymous on said:

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

  250. Matthew Coleman on said:

    me please?

  251. Anonymous on said:

    Solder, then make noise. Sounds like fun!

  252. Anonymous on said:

    bleep bloop blop… weeeoooopppp

  253. Anonymous on said:

    Beep beep boop goop!

  254. The worlds most perfect annoying device!!!!!!!

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

  256. Anonymous on said:

    Looks like a good one…

  257. Anonymous on said:

    Neato frito bandido

  258. Anders Howard on said:

    I’ll take it.

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

  260. Thingamgig, goopamatic, thingamagoop!

  261. Anonymous on said:

    Scary! Noisy!

  262. Seth Winsor on said:

    I want one

  263. Anonymous on said:

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

  264. James Jurack on said:

    I’ll bite.

  265. Sure, I’ll take one please.

  266. Olga Montealegre on said:

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

  267. Anonymous on said:

    That look like a lot of fun!

  268. Daniel Creeron on said:

    Thingachoose me for the prize!  :o)

  269. Anonymous on said:

    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.

  270. This seems entertaining.

  271. Anonymous on said:


  272. Peter Walsh on said:


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

  274. John Baird on said:

    Blizz, borp, ping.

  275. Eric Sullenberger on said:

    Another great prize.

  276. I have to win eventually…right?

  277. Sarah Richardson on said:

    We need another noise maker in our house!

  278. Anonymous on said:


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

  280. Mark Prelich on said:

    One please.

  281. Eric Slack on said:

    I bet I could annoy my wife with this!

  282. I would like to win this!

  283. Amelia Porges on said:

    What a great idea! 

  284. I would like to win this

  285. Anonymous on said:


  286. Eric Buehler on said:

    love to take apart for the kids!

  287. Jimmy Brokaw on said:

    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)

  288. Anonymous on said:

    I’ll bet it sings better than I do

  289. Shweta Phadnis on said:

    Cool !

  290. Philip Lexow on said:

    Interesting device, would love to try it.

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

  292. Tricia Jones on said:

    looks like a fun kit to build!

  293. Ron Smith on said:

    this is a thing-a-ma-comment

  294. megan geiser on said:

    id love try this ..  sign me up please

  295. Anonymous on said:

    Maybe now I can make some music

  296. Anonymous on said:

    Awesome! :-)

  297. John Williams on said:

    Will it be here for Christmas?

  298. Anonymous on said:


  299. i do like this little guy…

  300. Anonymous on said:

    Great kit!

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

  302. Anonymous on said:

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

  303. yep I will take one :)

  304. Anonymous on said:


  305. Anonymous on said:

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

  306. Brett Thompson on said:

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

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

  308. Anonymous on said:

    Goop de doop.

  309. Jeff Sandys on said:

    These things are Fun

  310. Brittney Schaefermeyer on said:

    I’ve been SSSOOOO good Santa!

  311. Jarrod Sears on said:


  312. Anonymous on said:


  313. Wolfgang Friedrich on said:


  314. Tucker Wilson on said:


  315. Anonymous on said:

    Uh, weird.

  316. Evan Hunt on said:

    This is Relevant To My Interests.

  317. Anonymous on said:

    oh, pretty please! my boys would love it.

  318. Patrick Tsukuda on said:

    This just looks fun…

  319. 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.

  320. Chris Arredondo on said:

    Hello and thanks

  321. Anonymous on said:

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

  322. Anonymous on said:

    Yes please!

  323. Heyyoo

  324. Anonymous on said:

    Bloop bloop blip bleep bleep.

  325. Matthew Beldyk on said:

    This would be fun to build

  326. Anonymous on said:


  327. Anonymous on said:

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

  328. keith rossman on said:

    put me in please!

  329. Anonymous on said:

    Yes please.

  330. cool – love it – want one!

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

  332. I’ve always wanted one of these!

  333. Ben Kasava on said:

    that looks ;like great fun!

  334. Anonymous on said:

    Thingies are always cool

  335. Anonymous on said:

    looks like fun to me

  336. Anonymous on said:

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

  337. oh snap this looks cool still

  338. Anonymous on said:


  339. Anonymous on said:


  340. Ashley Huxley on said:

    Looks interesting…

  341. So many great kits here.

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


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

  344. Anonymous on said:

    Very cool!

  345. Anonymous on said:

    This is eerily cool.

  346. Gabe Heath on said:

    There are so many kits that I want to win.

  347. Nathaniel Cresswell on said:

    my mind grapes would like this.

  348. Anonymous on said:


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

  350. Matthew Young on said:

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

  351. James Marshall on said:

    Too late?

  352. Lann Owens on said:


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