This instructable goes through the construction and software installation for basic operation for the 1.3 version of the Daisy kit. You're free to do whatever cool stuff you can think of with this versatile device! In order to stay with the open source theme, Songbird will be software package described within. Please comment on how this Instructable should be improved. An enclosure how-to will be up soon!
The intro calls this an "easy to build" device, and while it isn't a moon lander, it does require some skill(z). The particular difficulty is with the surface mounting. It's easy if you are careful and know what you're doing. (Having very thin solder and a pencil-like soldering iron tip really helps too!)
To learn the basics of soldering check out this great guide by noahw. Also, here's a good video tutorial from the MAKE blog. You should definitely read the first instructable about surface mounting if you've never done it. It's actually not that difficult.
One Important Detail: the photos are out of logical order. In other words, components that haven't been mentioned yet will appear on the board. When putting this thing together I did it out of the best order (don't ask!). So just follow the notes on the photos and you should be super good!
Step 1: What you get and what you need.
One of the nice things is that this kit comes with a manual, which has pretty good pictures and descriptions of components. You can get a high resolution PDF here.
What you get:
Bent pin holders - huge roll
Vs1011 decoder chip - smaller ic
40 pin DIP socket - for the bigger IC
1 100 microF low ESP capacitor - "c6"
2 100 microF capacitor - "c_l and c_r"
1 10 microF low ESP capacitor - "c4"
1 headphone jack
12 .1 microF capacitors - "c1, c2, c3, c5, c7, c8, c10, c11, c12, c13, c14, c15" (Not C4)
4 22 pF capacitors - "c3A, c3B, C4a, c4B"
1 slide switch
1 PIC18F45j10 IC
3 10K resistor networks - "RN1, RN2, RN3"
2 crystals marked 24.576 (marker marks) and 10.0
2 1K resistors - "r1, r2" (brown, black, red, gold)
1 1M resistor - "r3" (brown, black, green, gold)
2 15ohm resistor - "r8, r9" (brown, green, black, gold)
3 10K resistor - "r4, r6, r7" (brown, black, orange, gold)
1 22K resistors - "r5" (red, red, orange, gold)
1 set of straight pin headers
1 3.3 volt regulator
4 diodes - "D1-D4"
What parts you need:
3 AAA batteries
any capacity SD or MMC flash memory
A computer with an SD reader of some sort
What tools you need:
Pliers (optional, but they're pretty helpful)