Atari Punk Console

APC KIT 66An APC inside an Altoids tin.

The Atari Punk Console is a simple and fun sound generator. The original circuit was developed by Forrest M. Mims III, and published in a Radio Shack booklet: “Engineer’s Notebook: Integrated Circuit Applications” (1980). It was named the Atari Punk Console by Kaustic Machines, due to the similarity of the sounds it makes to an Atari 2600.

The kit I developed came from a personal project with some friends. APCs are useful instruments to have around, and we were all tired of building them from scratch. I’ve gone through multiple revisions of the PCB, and finally settled on this version. The focus of the design was for it to be easy to solder to and understand, fit all parts comfortably inside of an Altoids tin, and be single sided for people who want to etch their own PCB. The PCB files were designed in Eagle CAD, and are release under an open source license. You may download the PCB files here. You can check out some of the hacks I have up here. After running many workshops, and helping people build many of these, you can now buy my Atari Punk Console Kit:


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The kit includes

  • PCB
  • 556 Timer
  • Two 500K Pots
  • 1K R
  • 10K R
  • 4K7 R
  • .01uF Cap
  • .1uF Cap
  • 10uF Cap
  • 3.5mm Mono Jack
  • Speaker
  • Two Knobs
  • Switch
  • Button
  • 9v Strap
  • 1′ Wire – Black
  • 1′ Wire – Red

Buy The Kit for $25  APC Kit

You can also buy one through the Make Store.

Learn how to make the APC here.

You can see some fun examples here.

 

For those of you with parts, I’m opening up two options. One is a basic kit, with just the PCB and electronic parts, but none of the more expensive parts. You will not be able to make a fully functional APC without at least a 9V connection, a speaker/line out, and some form of variable resistors. This kit only includes:

  • PCB
  • 556 Timer
  • 1K R
  • 10K R
  • 4K7 R
  • .01uF Cap
  • .1uF Cap
  • 10uF Cap

Buy the Basic Kit $5:APC Kit

I am also going to sell just the PCB, for those of you who already have all the parts, but just don’t want to solder it from scratch. The PCB will also generally save some space, if you were just planning on using perf-board. You can buy them in quantities of 1, 5, or 10.

Just the PCB:

Buy 1 for $2.50 APC Kit

Buy 5 for $11.50 APC Kit

Buy 10 for $20.00 APC Kit