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Nuts & Volts Magazine (May 2018)

Build a Musical Laser Rainbow Machine

By Victor Chaney    View Digital Edition  

I’ve been searching for a way to give our band’s performances the kind of visual elements that can only otherwise be achieved by true lighting artists. As a musician, inventor, and laser enthusiast, I decided to draw on all my hobbies and try to make something myself. By programming software and combining lasers, stained glass, and motors, I have created a light machine that has unique responses to each tone, frequency, and beat. This unit can enhance the listening experience for live shows or recordings of your favorite music.


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What’s in the zip?
Express PCB File
Source Code
3D Print Files
Front Panel Art