Building the PunkSeq10

Posted by Nava Whiteford on

I've just added the PunkSeq10 to the shop as a preorder item. If you order now you'll get a £5 discount on the final selling price.

My reasons for doing this basically come down to economics. In order to get good pricing on the most expensive components (the pots and the PCB) I need to order in large quantities. If I don't know if anyone is going to buy the product, this is a big risk to take on.

So I'm hoping a few people will help out and preorder the kit or assembled PunkSeq10 (and my thanks to the guy who has preordered already).

Anyway, sales pitch over. I figured some background on the PunkSeq10 might be interesting. The PunkSeq10 combines a Baby10 sequencer and an Atari Punk Console. I was introduced this sequencer and synth by local hacker and artist Farmer Glitch. Farmer Glitch has been hacking around and circuit bending for years. He's also embedded the APC in a bucket. We started working together to build a local hackerspace in Yeovil and the APC kit, Crackler and PunkSeq10 came out of that collaboration.

We've also been running workshops based around the kits. This was a real eyeopener for me. I ended up making a bunch of changes to the kits in the shop to make them easier to assemble for people soldering for the first time. And the Punk Console Kit has been designed to be as easy to assemble as I can make it, while still making a good introduction to soldering.

The PunkSeq10 was design as a logical continuation of the Punk Console. It adds a basic Baby10 sequencer to the Punk Console, allowing you to generate simple repetitive melodies. The prototypes have worked well, and the version that ships next month will allow the users to select 4,8 or 10 steps. I'm also adding a board to the shop which will allow users to add a 6.35mm output.

If I can find a shop to lasercut acrylic cheaply, I will also be selling a simple enclosure, and the shipping board will have mounting holes so you can wear the sequencer like a neckless (we've talked about running workshops at festivals and then having people wear the sequencers :) ).

If the PunkSeq10 gets a reasonable number or orders I've already had a request for my next project, someone wants a 32 step sequencer! Making that project cheaply has some unique challenges and should be great fun!