Punky's New Brew - Part 1

Punky’s New Brew In the world of electronics and music, true innovation often arises from the art of combining and modifying existing ideas. It’s about taking the tried and tested and infusing it with fresh creativity. So today, we’re not reinventing the wheel; we’re celebrating the beauty of innovation through adaptation. Join me on this journey of making music by reimagining what’s already known. Along the way, we’ll build a few circuits: the Atari Punk Console, an attack/decay envelope, and a basic VCA.

Deciphering the Endless Rotary Potentiometer - Experiments and Insights

Introduction: In my last post, we explored how to replace one of the encoders on the Novation Circuit. I also shared my experiences in locating the replacement part and the wonderful support I received from Novation. However, during the repair process, I made an intriguing discovery. What I initially believed to be encoders turned out to be potentiometers. This left me with questions. Don’t potentiometers resist current? How can these seemingly conventional components offer endless rotary behavior, and how can we leverage them in our microcontroller sketches?

Servicing the Novation Circuit: A Customer Success Story

Introduction: Whenever I travel, I love taking one or two pieces of gear with me to jam while on the road. The Novation Circuit has filled that role perfectly for a long time. It is amazing as a standalone unit, and it is even better when paired with a laptop or iPad and an editor app. BTW, if you’d like to see a video on some of the iPad apps that I use with it, let me know in the comments, and I’ll make a video post in the future.

Daring to Fix My Electronics: Giving Old Gear a Second Life

Are you hesitant to open up that broken electronic device, fearing that you might make things worse? I recently faced this dilemma when my trusty Traktor Audio 6 audio interface suffered a broken barrel jack for power. Rather than replacing it or seeking expensive professional repairs, I decided to take matters into my own hands. The result? An inspiring journey of fixing my gear and giving it a second life.

Hello World, Again...

Hello World, Again… It’s been over a decade since my last blog post. My old website, www.juanlittledevil.com, has disappeared, and I have no intention of resurrecting it anytime soon. However, I thought I should probably save the posts. To my surprise, I went through all my backups and didn’t find the WordPress database backup. I thought I would have to give those up, but it turns out that archive.org still has a copy of the site.

Unlocking Creative Possibilities with Mozaic and Custom MIDI Scripts

If you’re a musician or music producer who loves crafting unique sounds and optimizing your MIDI workflow, then you’re in for a treat. Today, we’re diving into the world of Mozaic, a powerful iOS app that empowers you to create custom MIDI scripts and effects. But that’s not all; we’ll also explore two fantastic scripts from my collection. Mozaic: Your MIDI Scripting Playground Mozaic is a versatile iOS app designed for musicians and producers looking to take control of their MIDI setups.