I could have read about how to spend a few dollars to make a microphone worth about $150, but somehow, going to the Ottawa Dorkbot meeting last week and seeing the one that Normand made and hearing him talk about it, has made it dramatically more likely that I will start making my own microphones.
And then seeing Jordan's Arduino controlled audio sequencer and another fellow's $30 amplifier has made it more likely that I'll be making those too.
I don't think I'll be doing the circuit bending on old video titlers that Sean does, but he gave me some great ideas for what I can do with the toy electric guitars I've been collecting.
They invited suggestions for future meetings, I'm going to ask if someone might have ideas for "things to do with discarded VCRs" [other than build inuksuks with them].
- Build your own microphone circuit [Normand suggests varying capacitors from 2.2 to 10 microFarads and resistors from 2.2 to 10 k-ohms.]
- Digikey.ca for the WM-61A and other Panasonic electret microphone capsules
- Outdoor Flowerpot Microphone
- Tiny amplifier kits
- Arduino Tone Sequencer
- Puredyne audio software
- ArtEngine Blog
- Signup for the Dorkbot Ottawa Mailing List