LEAP#461 The Goblin

I remember lusting after an Ibanez Tube Screamer back in the day - they really were the stuff of legend. The most famous is perhaps the TS-808. After researching the original circuit and examining how it works in detail. I decided to build one with only a few modifications to the original circuit. I’m calling it The Goblin, owing to the custom stippled-green paint job I gave the 1590B enclosure.

As always, all notes, schematics (more...)

LEAP#460 The CANary

Wilf’s Bird is a pretty famous “bird chirp” sound effect by Wilf Rigter. I last saw it used in Kelly Heaton’s wonderful bird sculpture, a Hackaday Circuit Sculpture contest winner.

The CANary is my little experiment with the sound effect.

As always, all notes, schematics and code are in the Little Electronics & Arduino Projects repo on GitHub

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LEAP#456 Pease-out Audio Voltage Probe

The Boldport Pease-out is another tribute to Bob Pease and the classic LM331. As the last of the “classic series” monthly projects, it fittingly takes us full circle to compare and contrast with first project - “Pease”.

the Boldport Club continues - just not at the harrowing pace of 1 a month for the past few years (I seriously don’t know how Saar does it!).

The standard circuit in this kit demonstrates a stable (more...)

LEAP#451 Arc Lighter

A “High Voltage Arc Kit” perhaps attracts the kind of person liable to make it go up in smoke, which is probably why this kit ships with redundant parts.

The circuit is an interesting demonstration of a step-up transformer using a feedback winding to control the main power circuit. It is the same circuit used in commercial “plasma lighters”, confirmed by another great teardown by bigclivedotcom.

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LEAP#449 Parrot Sound Effects

The Parrot is a reproduction of a “bird chirp” circuit I found referenced in background research materials for Kelly Heaton’s amazing bird that was one of the Hackaday Circuit Sculpture contest winners.

This circuit is an interesting combination of two LC elements - one modulating the other - around a single transistor.

As always, all notes, schematics and code are in the Little Electronics & Arduino Projects repo on GitHub

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LEAP#447 Measuring Capacitance with Digital Logic

Capaci-meter is a Boldport remix of a classic capacitance measurement circuit designed in high school by Jez Siddons of Peak Electronic Design.

The device takes a very interesting approach - rather than trying to measure the actual capacitance or charge time, it uses a derivitive function (the capacitor’s effect on the frequency of a 555 timer) to infer capacitance.

As always, all notes, schematics and code are in the Little Electronics & Arduino Projects repo (more...)

LEAP#446 RGB Joule Thief Night Light

I recently got hold of some 5mm RGB Flashing LEDs from a seller on aliexpress - some slow and fast flashing varieties just out of curiosity. Here I’ve put one the slow-flash kind in a “night light” circuit.

I decided to power from a little 1.5V CR1216 coin cell. To boost the voltage sufficient to power the LED, I’ve attached a toroidal joule thief circuit. The oscillating voltage produced by the joule thief is (more...)

LEAP#442 Boldport ResPot

As any good electronics hobbyist must have done, I’ve already built a decade programmable resistor box - see LEAP#414 - but this is one with the Boldport twist. Yes, real pots.

A decade box is an old-fashioned bit of test equipment, allowing an arbitrary resistance to be dialed up to order.

As always, all notes, schematics and code are in the Little Electronics & Arduino Projects repo on GitHub

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LEAP#441 Pollen8

“Pollen8” is an exploration of contrasts and patterns in a freeform wire circuit.

I was interest in playing with a design that avoided the harsh angularity of most electronic circuits, instead using graceful lines that attempt to mimic a more organic structure.

The second goal was to achieve a chameleon-like LED display, where the visual effect depends on the perspective of the viewer: random from some angles, but clearly sequenced from others.

I created this (more...)

LEAP#440 Logging Data with Adafruit IO

I wanted a simple way to log the voltage of the LEAP#439 QX5252 Solar Night Light, rechargeable battery to get a sense of the overnight discharge and daily recharge pattern.

It didn’t need to be particularly accurate, but I did want to get a fairly continuous log at least every 5 minutes or so. Sounds like a perfect case for some Arduino-powered data logging!

I could just capture some data locally to an SD (more...)

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