Post by monkybunney on Aug 4, 2012 23:27:58 GMT -5
Oh man don't give up! Trust me it's very rewarding once you actually complete a bent toy and run it through a PA. No one else will understand it and they might hate you for it ;), but it's pretty gratifying!
Post by cory's beard on Aug 8, 2012 19:16:07 GMT -5
Sounds terrible good. When the sound gets all grainy, is that power starvation or something else? Also, have you messed with any toy keyboards, or random shit like a Furby? Or do you mainly prefer percussion toys?
This is the guy that got me interested in it. He even went so far as to add gates into the circuit to allow CV/MIDI manipulation.
Post by monkybunney on Aug 8, 2012 23:21:44 GMT -5
OMG that ISSICK!! Crazy respect for that guy. The bend visible in the video is just a simple pot that shifts the pitch up/down. I can see there are 2 signal out jacks. One of those has to be an audio out. What I can't even begin to figure out is How and where in the #$% do you solder in a control voltage out?!?!
Sounds terrible good. When the sound gets all grainy, is that power starvation or something else? Also, have you messed with any toy keyboards, or random shiz like a Furby? Or do you mainly prefer percussion toys?
Thanks! I have no idea why it makes the sounds it does. I have a far less than novice understanding of electronic circuitry. When I bend a circuit all I'm doing is touching one point on the board with my bending probe to another. If it does something interesting I make a note. After the circuit is fully explored for bends I'll experiment with different components like pots, resistors, switches, capacitors, etc, between the bend points. I can only understand and test what 1 bend will do at a time during that process, so after wiring everything up I have no idea how the instrument will react when multiple bends are applied simultaneously. I'm always grateful when it doesn't just catch fire and burn my house down.
I'll bend on anything that makes noise, not just percussion stuff. The Glitch and Groove (as I call it) in the video just happens to be my favorite toy I've bent so far. My first bend was a Tickle Me Elmo TV remote, and I've burned up countless toy's circuits including a speak and spell.. :'(..those are like the holy grail