Atari Punk Console

It seems Hack-A-Day’s resident snow bunny has run off to Utah and left me holding the proverbial bag. How could a heart broken hacker possibly console himself? How about the soothing sounds of the Atari Punk Console? Well… soothing is a subjective term, but the screaming, bleeping, fuzzy sound generated by this simple circuit is great. Since their first post on the Atari Punk Console circuit last fall, GetLoFi has collected many different examples of the circuit. It’s just a 556, a few caps, and pots so it lends itself easily to modification. The most recent post is built in an actual Atari mouse.


  1. Hamsterpotpies says:

    Wow! Very very cool!

  2. austin y. says:

    Hey, its eliot. Hey Eliot!

  3. Will O'Brien says:

    Wow. I never knew Atari even made a mouse. Nice.

  4. nate mc says:

    sweet atari mouse!

    You can see my APC project on their page, it’s a super fun lil box, I still have the parts to make another one but haven’t found a case worthy of it yet. I’m getting tired of mint tins for my stuff.

  5. MRE says:

    How about hollow-coring a book? find a small hardback book that has a lot of water damage to the pages, or is just booring and cut the center out of all the pages, then glue them all together so as to make the book a box. I am not advocating destroying a perfectly good book, a work of classic literature, or an old out of print book ;) but ‘saving money in 10 easy steps’ or something like that.

  6. jimmy-the-fish says:

    What happened to the design challenge? Who is the winner?

  7. Will O'Brien says:

    The winner will be announced sooooon. It’s been a busy time, but we haven’t forgotten.

  8. Zak Owen says:

    Question: can this circuit be used in conjunction with other musical devices, i.e. could I run my electric guitar in to this box, run it out to my amp, and get any kind of odd modulations to my guits sound (guitar, elec piano, anything?) I never got far in to building my own fx pedals, but it would be neat to have something that could add some fuzz, beeps and blips. Either way, I will be building one of these APCs, though I don’t want to waste a good project trying to run my guitar through it if thats a bad idea.

  9. Zebra says:

    Oh yeah, this is really cool. The Atari punk console will not disappear that’s for sure!

  10. TJ says:

    So…it just makes noises then?

  11. Atariforever says:

    This is cool but you can sell a atari mouse for over $50 to atari users who need it.

  12. Konya says:

    Waw :o

  13. Teknoloji says:

    Thanks My Friend

  14. Thanks mate but I dont think that you are totally true about some of the things. But nice information, too.

  15. Emo says:

    I didn’t quite get it :(

  16. Pup says:

    @Zak Owen

    You couldn’t connect a guitar directly up to this, but you could replace the control pots with a frequency converter and an amplifier transistor I believe.

  17. Anartech Systems says:

    @ Emo; I know it’s hard, but don’t be sad friend, its just a synth box! :D

  18. Bradley says:

    forums which go on the identical subject areas? Thanks!

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