ATPC news part 1: video, codes, improvements

ATPC news part 1: video, codes, improvements

It has been a lot of development and events around the ATiny Punk Console and my other sound kits in the last year. So it's time to announce the novelties. At first I'll start with the 'old' news in the following part there will be the hot current ones.
Let's start with a short video highlighting the ATPC and its range of possibilities.

Big thanks to krautmovies and all helpers for the realisation of this movie!

As you may have seen, a new soundcode was mentioned: the random tickr aka Rnd_T. This synth plays with random values on a squarewave base. It can bring out huge noise waves or nervous clicking beeps and rhythms (if you set it into unstable state as adapted from the failure unit code). I've added some additional samples to the soundcloud:

All codes for the ATtiny Punk Console are now open source and can be viewed and downloaded at In an upcoming article I'll show you an easy way of flashing the code to the chip - so stay tuned for this.

The Fail_U code has got a big overhaul. At startup you can now choose between two modes. If you power on while pushing the trigger-button you're in the previously initial state with self running arpeggiator. But now while starting without pressing the button the synth waits for clocking calls. This can be made with signals from external gear, another ATPC or a simple piezo. The fourth controller (no longer needed for the arpeggiator speed) will change the count of arp steps which gives you nice possibilities for uneven rhythms. Here's some overview of the board and the potentiometer mapping:

A small change has been made to the circuitry: capacitor C4 (above the IC and the transistor) is now populated with a bigger value for a push in lower frequencies. All new kits are equiped with a 1uF film-cap, older units can be updated.

This was already the first half of the news (the old ones), the newer ones will follow. During the wait you can have a read at Wolfgang Dorningers article on electronic cottage magazine featuring the ATPC. Thanks for that! Soldering is the new hometaping :)