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April 2016

Nuts and Volts Magazine

Build A MIDI Controlled Synthesizer On A Shoestring

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Features

The Beginner’s Guide to Digital Electronics

Learn how the numbers “1” and “0” changed the world of analog and digital electronics.



Projects

Battery Backed Lighting System

Battery Backed-Up LED Illumination System.


A MIDI Controlled Analog Synthesizer on a Shoestring

Build a MIDI controlled analog synthesizer for under $40 and start making electronic music right away.



Columns

PICAXE Primer
by Ron Hackett
Controlling an Electric BBQ Smoker — Part 1
As I mentioned at the end of the February Primer, we're now going to turn our attention to using a thermocouple sensor and a solid-state relay (SSR) to monitor and control the temperature of an electric smoker.

PICAXE Primer
by Ron Hackett
Controlling an Electric BBQ Smoker — Part 2
Controlling and monitoring an electric BBQ smoker with a PICAXE data logger.

Near Space
by L. Paul Verhage
A New Vision of BalloonSats
A new vision for standardization of BalloonSats.

Q&A
by Tim Brown
Reader Questions Answered Here (4.2016)
Hand tools for servicing electronic devices.

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
Basic Training for All Programming Languages
Test driving the new M.E. Labs trainer. Everything you need to enhance your coding skills is included!

Open Communication
by Louis E. Frenzel
So, You Think You Know Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is just about the most widely used wireless technology in the world. However, there is a lot you may not know about Wi-Fi. Here is a primer to bring you up to date.

Practical 3D Printing
by Chuck Hellebuyck
MakerBot Customizer for 3D Print Creations
Makerbot Customizer software makes modding a Thingiverse downloaded design a breeze.

Departments

Indestructibles: The Lure of Tube Audio Equipment
by Bryan Bergeron
My Sony integrated amp with copper chassis and huge toroidal transformers was a tour de force in my audio setup before the power mains took an indirect lightning hit. Because the microcontroller was fried, I couldn’t even get the unit to power up.