Drone Lab brings the excitement of Hypnotoad home


[Peter] tipped us off about his new synthesizer kit, Drone Lab. It has the things we look for a synthesizer: knobs, inputs, switches, wacky sounds. You can get your soldering on with the kit version, or buy these pre-built. Peter bills this as an open source kit but we didn’t see board artwork, just a schematic.

What we didn’t expect is its ability to mimic the Hypnotoad. As seen in the video after the break, the glorious sounds of your favorite television show can now be created in your own home. If you’ve never seen an episode of the Hypnotoad (gasp!) we’ve got that covered after the break as well.


Update: PCB artwork has now been posted just below the schematic.

Drone Lab doing what it does best.

Everybody Loves Hypnotoad


  1. jfrench says:

    props to Pete and Chris, of Casperelectronics and Electromagics, respectively. i swung by Casperland the other day and got to play with the new Dronelab – it is extremely awesome. i’m gonna get mine soon!

    p.s. the schematic is on the page linked – just scroll down.

  2. jfrench says:

    by which i mean – the PCB layout files will be up soon.

  3. jfrench says:

    …i think.

  4. Cabe says:


  5. Chris says:

    PCB artwork up now.

  6. Skitchin says:

    LOL there’s a subliminal hot dog or something snuck into the top right of the video @ 0:44.

    I have to admit, watching the signal on the oscilloscope is much more pleasing than the actual sound produced.

  7. Skitchin says:

    Subliminal in the hypnotoad video, not the Drone Lab demo.

  8. Mike says:

    I was hoping to see them feed audio into the device. I got the impression that would be possible as well, but none of the demo’s showed that

  9. vonskippy says:

    Perfect for the stuff they attempt to pawn off as music these days.

  10. googfan says:

    lol like i can afford that

  11. tehgringe says:

    2 fat chicks at 1:03

  12. svofski says:

    too rhythmical

  13. The Moogle says:

    would make a awesome effects pedal for a guitar… other then that… not much musical use other then driving your neighbors insane

  14. Hirudinea says:

    I SHOULD BE WEEPING, I’M NOT WEEPING!! (Hey if your a Futurama fan you know what I’m talking about.)

  15. Chris says:

    New video with guitar input coming soon.

  16. fenwick says:

    oddly soothing

  17. lost says:

    sounds a lot like a Nine Inch Nails song

  18. PocketBrain says:

    glory be to hypnotoad.

  19. FW says:

    Should couple that with some of the DoD sound projection devices that they’re starting to use for crowd control.

  20. Beck's Head says:

    That was the best forty-minute electronica solo I’ve ever heard. The parts of it where I was awake blew my mind.

  21. _matt says:

    I’d have that playing as “calm music” whileALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD.

  22. LargeMatt says:

    pff…if it ain’t an arduino, it ain’t a hack

  23. Drone says:

    You must be joking. $200 for a full kit?

  24. therian says:

    probably the parts come from RatShack

  25. casper says:

    All of the parts in the kit are from Mouser electronics. We offer a kit for those who want it, but encourage people to source parts on their own if they want to save money. The parts list is posted on the site.

  26. tom says:

    This is the worst hack I’ve ev-ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD

  27. NoOne says:

    You stupid, pathetically week minded IDIOALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!

  28. Erik says:

    I hate this kind of thNO PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME KILL MYSELF HYPNOTOAAaaaggh…

  29. octel says:

    Fuck Hypnotoad, I prefer Candleja-

  30. Tachikoma says:

    Fantastic project… also two thumbs up for using commonly available components.

  31. trent says:


  32. Xan... says:

    Is the picture of the settings beside the Hypnotoad the actual settings for that sequence? If not, please post one of the absolute proper settings for the hypnotoad…ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!!!

    Thanks in advance!

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