Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Circuit Bent Walkman/Drum Machine/Tape Sampler

Circuit Bent Walkman w/speed control

I've had this broken old walkman (or portable cassette player) lying around for ages (I paid $1 for it at an estate sale two years ago). I've added three pots for varying levels of speed control. The one on the left is the master speed, the top left is double speed and fine adjust and the top right is 1/2 speed and fine adjust. See that grey wire running across the middle? That's an awesome bass boost I added. This hits so hard now, you wouldn't believe it.

The Big Idea here is as follows: you take a cassette tape with a length of drum sample on it. You then press play on the deck and adjust the speed to the desired tempo. If you're super cool, you'll turn the speed of your drum machine all the way, then cut the the speed by half. What happens? Oh no! Your casio is now rattling the dinner plates.

Circuit Bent Walkman - board closeup

Circuit Bent Walkman - side view

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