BaceMaker weds organ foot pedals with guitar whammy effects

[Jon Ferwerda] managed to fry the analog electronics on an old electric organ while conducting some circuit bending experiments. It’s a loss, but he’s still left with some cool equipment to play with. Recently he got to work generating tones using the organ’s foot pedals.

There were two types of foot pedal included with this organ, the set that is arranged like a keyboard, and a rocker pedal similar to what you might use with an electric sewing machine. Since the music generation was handled by those fried bits of organ [Jon] got to work interfacing the foot keyboard with a 555 timer. He used a fairly large capacitor to get the frequency into the bass range and wired individual pedals to different parts of a resistor network. But he didn’t stop with that. The rocker pedal has its own variable resistor hardware which lets him bend the pitches are they are being generated which sounds  alike like a guitar whammy effect. He shows his work in the clip after the break. We think he nailed it! This is a perfect supplement to any type of electronic music setup.

Comments

  1. zuul says:

    not bad, pretty good sine wave… i would be careful with connecting it to a guitar amp though because the 555 would probably output a higher level signal

    you should change your write up though because he added wah (not whammy), it’s a filter (not a pitch shifter)

  2. Sqelch says:

    Reads like someone very tired typed this up. Not trying to nit pick but it was a little hard to read some of it.

  3. NewCommentor1283 says:

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    • NewCommentor1283 says:

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  4. Rhalla says:

    Sweet synth!

    It sounds like the pedal acts like a basic resonant low pass filter rather than pitch bend?

  5. echodelta says:

    Not bad for a 555 and fixed tuning resistors. If you can get a Gulbransen pacemaker series, the bass pedals are self contained 12v and good smooth bass out. Those IC era Hammonds suck. Gas pedal is upside down from expected motion.
    Hack a usb qwerty keyboard to the pedals. Use ZynAddSubFX the greatest 1.5 meg of free synth fun you’ll ever download! Use the Virtual Keyboard mode with this set plugged in as HID. ZynAdd will run on anything even old clunkers.

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