APC (Atari Punk Console)





Introduction: APC (Atari Punk Console)

The Atari Punk Console (aka the Stepped Tone Generator) is basically a simple sound synth that is made using only two 555 timer ICs.

Step 1: Ingredients

The parts you need are:
2x LM555 timer ICs
2x 500k potentiometers
1x 10 uf electrolyctic capacitor
1x .01 uf ceramic disk capacitor
1x .1 uf ceramic disk capacitor
1x 1k resistor (brown, black, red, gold)
1x 8 ohm speaker
1x 9 volt battery and clip
1x pad-per-hole perfboard
lots of wire

The tools you need are:
soldering iron
wire snippers
desoldering pump (or bulb/wick)
optional but very recommend: helping hands tool

Step 2: Put It Together

I used a small piece of pad-per-hole perfboard and used solid core wire as jumper wire. I used stranded core wire for connecting the pots to the board.

Step 3: And You're Done!

Hook it up to a nine volt battery, and you're done! Have fun pretending you're playing an old videogame!
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    Does the voltage on the 10 uf capacitor matter? I have a 10 uf 25v capacitor and I'm not sure if it will work.

    How many APCs could I run on a single 9v? I'm making something using 4 basic APCs but do not want 4 batteries in 1 noise maker. I assume I could run at least 2 on 1 battery. Any input or ideas?

    Josh what is the voltage of the 10 uf electrolyctic capacitor? Thanks in advance!

    Anything over 9 volts would work if youre using a 9 volt battery, the voltage rating on a capacitor is just the maximum voltage it can withstand before blowing so any amount > 9 volts would be perfect.

    hey man, finally done making an APC. I mixed and matched info from other sources but youre the one who influenced me to make one.

    I added a 50k pot in series to the 500k pot in the astable 555 and changed the pot for the monostable to 50k. I also added in a slide switch and an LED. also changed the supply from being a battery to being powered by a wall wart.


    Yes of course! I had to use two 555 timers because i could find a 556 anywhere. I was really young when I made this and didn't realise you can get literally any part on the internet for 1/10 the price!

    Can the potentiometers be replaced with a form of static resistor? I'm working on a project that requires no potentiometers or actual wires, all the components will be soldered straight to a 556 IC

    I don't see why not, but that kind of ruins the point of having a synth if you can not change the pitch, but yea I guess you can choose a resistor somewhere inbetween