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Atari Punk Console PC BoardApril 9, 2010
Atari Punk Console
Ok, so you finally decided to buy the Atari Punk Console kit from Synthrotek, congratulations! Now what? All there is are a bunch of loose parts! Luckily for you, I have made this awesome little guide to help you, the amateur electronics engineer, build this great little gadget.
First off, you should definitely go though a checklist to make sure we shipped you everything that you need to build the unit. Doing this will ensure that there will be no confusion when we tell you to place that LED that wasn’t included onto the board. If there is anything missing, don’t worry! We will gladly send you any missing components free of charge.
And now, onto the assembly!
The best way to start any project is to prepare for what you are about to do. Organize and place each part into an order that will be easy for you to grab parts when needed. If the kit you bought came with wire, strip each end of the wires to about 1/8 inch.
Now take one end of each wire and twist it. I find it easiest to do that with a pair of pliers.
Next, thread the untwisted end of the wires into each 1/8inch jack, and both 500k potentiometers.
After that, take the 100k potentiometer/switch and wire it up, then solder all the parts you just wired.
Now you are ready to place the components onto the board!
The board is designed to have the parts soldered onto the back, so take a look at the chip and orientate it like so:
I recommend soldering the chip onto the board before putting on the other components.
Now take each resistor and place them in their designated spaces.
Bend each wire outward to keep them in their place before soldering.
Then do the same for the capacitors.
Flip the board over now, and solder each of the components into place.
Clip all excess wire off the front of the board. Save a couple of wire pieces, you will need them soon.
Now take the potentiometers and 1/8inch jacks and place the wires into the board like so:
Flip the board over and solder the wires onto it.
Take a piece of the wire you saved from earlier and use it to make a bridge between these two points:
The last step is to place the LED, this can be done in a few ways. Firstly, by placing the LED directly onto the board, either on the top or bottom.
And, secondly, by soldering wire onto the board which will extend the length of the LED so you can put it wherever you want in whatever container you decide to put it in! Just remember the longer lead on the LED is the positive lead.
Now, take a deep breath because you’re done! Your Atari Punk Console should look something like this:
All you have to do now is find a sweet looking case to put this baby in. Once again, thank you for your purchase and enjoy! If you buy a complete kit the center pin will be positive, please be sure to remember this when buying an AC adapter.