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More circuit bending--

Well, poop. It seems that anything made in the last 10 years is kind of unhackable, at least at my skill level. Most of the voice synthesizer stuff (if it's even synthesized, it may just be a recording) are tucked into a little glob of black epoxy, totally unaccessible. I've only had limited success with two things--a little Mickey Mouse eight-note organ (I can get it to do a buzzing noise and a weird vibrato sound), and could probably adjust it in some other ways, but it's still only going to be an eight-note organ no matter what I do, so I question the use of this as a project.

I also have a little toy telephone that plays a couple tunes, and I've figured out how to speed up and slow down the sounds a fair bit, but that's the extent right now.

I don't really know a lot about electronics--maybe I'll try to pick up a Dummies guide after christmas--but this stuff is really hard to hack :(
Edit: Gee, that post looks whiney! All of this should be taken with a grain of salt, as I've only just today started working with electronics and don't have the foggiest idea of what I'm doing!


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Nov. 27th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
I've been looking into doing near-infrared (nIR) photography with digital cameras, and I feel your pain. Modern digital cameras can sense nIR just fine, but the manufacturers put an anti-IR filter in front of the sensor to cut down on noise in the picture. So... if I really want good nIR photos, I have to buy a digital SLR body, send it somewhere to have the filter removed (the sensors are rather delicate, and I don't trust my own skills for the job), and then do a bunch more research to make sure that the lens I'll be using doesn't have some weird coating on it that'll give my pictures a big hot spot.

Which is sort of like your problem, only in a different medium, and more expensively.
Nov. 27th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
I trust you have heard of Make magazine. It is chocked full of juicy projects. Each one with parts list, cost, source list, and blogs to track other builders. I have been getting my copies at Best Buy (odd to go there for magazines). They have had articles on pitchbending various things, this may help.
Nov. 27th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
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