In this workshop, attendees will learn how to build and design a single stage amplifier using sockets. Attendees will practice beginner soldering skills, populating a circuit board with sockets, before experimenting with a number of different custom biasing configurations with no additional soldering. The lecture portion will include how the various different configurations work, while covering topics on the different modes and biasing of the transistors, as well as a brief intro on how the boosts work together in multiple stages to create overdrive and fuzz.
The Bend-a-Boost is a transistor-based boost kit that is easily configured on modular sockets. It is a single stage amplifier used to boost an audio signal, which works as an active volume control. This can be used to add color and character to other devices, and can be configured in a number of different ways to create signal clipping and oscillations. It has practical applications for circuit benders and stomp box lovers alike, and teaches building blocks of amplification, overdrive, and fuzz. The modular socket design allows builders to design multiple circuits and keep them semi-prematurely, to swap them out with no additional soldering.
This event is part of the Circuit Benders' Ball, a day-long celebration of hardware hacking, music, art, and the creative spirit. Register for one Circuit Benders' Ball workshop and get a CBB t-shirt for free! (Limit 1 per student.) Register for all three Circuit Benders' Ball workshops and get into the music showcase for free! (A $15 value.)
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Saturday September 29, 2012
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Zach Adams is a very active, genre hopping, experimental musician as a member of CMKT 4, The American Association of Robotic Philharmonics, Dumpling, and Gary Mullis' Country Two Band, just to name a few. Zach, along with the members of CMKT 4, has performed and given nearly 100 workshops at over 50 hackersapces coast to coast, including The Brick Factory. In addition, he builds piezo mics and other bent devices for Creme DeMentia Labs, and in conjunction with Glass Hero Amplification, designs Buckawatt Electronic Kits. Zach is also an enthusiast for outsider education and unschooling.