Winsome uber-geek Jeri Ellsworth, aka Circuit Girl, describes how she attached a floppy drive to a tape deck to record and play back audio, creating the floppy drive reverb effect.
Note: We’ve got to interrupt this post to note that Ellsworth reverse-engineered the C-64 onto a chip, and owns 43 pinball machines and 3 electron microscopes. She never graduated high school, but now gives guest lectures at Stanford.
She also rolls cars for fun, when she’s not turning old floppy drives into audio effects.
Back to the floppy drive reverb effect:
A simple circuit stepped the head automatically using the spindle index pulse. A push button was used to control the direction. The drive head wrote to more than one track at a time, causing an interesting reverb effect. ***Erasing the disk with rare earth magnets while spinning in the not mentioned in the video.
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