Atari Punk Console Synthesizer, But With Vacuum Tubes

The latest Usagi Electric video documents creating an Atari Punk Console synthesizer – but made with vacuum tubes.

The Atari Punk Console is a popular synth DIY project, originally created by Forrest Mims for the 1980 Radio Shack booklet, Engineer’s Notebook: Integrated Circuit Applications.

Check it out, and share your thoughts on it in the comments!

Video Summary:

“The Atari Punk Console is one of the most quintessential circuits you can build when taking your first steps into the world of DIY synth stuff, so I figured why not make it out of vacuum tubes!”

15 thoughts on “Atari Punk Console Synthesizer, But With Vacuum Tubes

  1. not sure what the point of the little speaker is, you cant tell ish about the sound, its like listening with laptop speakers.

    1. so it will be a self contained unit, you can also record the speaker with a mic to give the sound somthing a little spacial.

      1. I dont know, with an audio out you could plug it into some audio in of a synth and apply envelopes and stuff …
        instead of just farting around. 😉

          1. Maybe I missed it, but is the spectrogram on his phone coming from the speaker or from a line out? nice and fun project either way.

  2. so it will be a self contained unit, you can also record the speaker with a mic to give the sound somthing a little spacial.

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