The Maker Shed now has an Atari Punk Console Kit available for $25 – which makes it a very inexpensive way and pretty foolproof way to get started with synth DIY.
If you’re not familiar with the Atari Punk Console, it’s a DIY synth/noise machine. The design, by Forrest M. Mims III, was originally published in a Radio Shack booklet, Engineer’s Notebook: Integrated Circuit Applications, as the Stepped Tone Generator.
The design got the Atari Punk Console nickname because of the devices lo-fi sounds.
Similar kits are available from several suppliers, so we’ve included them below, too.
Atari Punk Console Kit Sources:
If you’re more confident with your synth DIY or just want to be punk rock about it, you can build the Atari Punk Console off of the schematics. Here’s a video that demonstrates the punk schematic approach.
Here’s an example of the Atari Punk Console being used to play Pachelbel’s Canon: