I just got the new PCB for the V1.3 and have put together 10 kits for a workshop. Following that I have to order a NEW pcb (drat) and then all the parts for 50 units or so. I expect them to be available mid august.
Travis Castro said:
September 28th, 2012 at 6:06pm #
About to order a single kit, but is there a parts list for mouser? It would be nice to source the arts and then buy the PCBs for a double unit.
Yes. If you just want to mix the external signal with the Novadrone audio you can connect it straight to the link header on the right hand side. If you want to use external signals as control signals you can connect them right into the adventure board. You may need to amplify the signal depending on the source and what you want to do with it. The adventure kit includes an op amp which can be used (among other things) to make a signal amplifier.
I’m thinking about doing two singles…I’d probably use them together most of the time, but I’d like the option to split them out for jam sessions with another person. Is there any advantage of the double over two singles? Also, if I order two singles, can I get them each with different PCB art?
The advantage of the double is simply convenience. Plugging two singles together will give you the same functionality. If you order two singles at the same time we will gladly send you both designs.
Kristen Brown said:
October 18th, 2012 at 11:24pm #
Are there any plans to make some sort of acrylic cases for these like the Drone Lab units? I tend to be a bit rough on my toys lol. Love the PCB designs!
@Kristen. Because of the size of the hardware (primarily the height of the switch levers) there is no way to cleanly add a housing. Basically the switch lever is so short that it will barely even poke through a plexiglass faceplate. I may play around with thin and strong plastic for face plates in the future but for now I suggest the following process. The best option is to run jumper wires from the PCB to heavier controls mounted in a custom housing. Its actually a pretty simple process. The pots could be replaced with any kind of 3 terminal pot and the switches can be replaced with 3 position (on/off/on) toggle switches.
we missed ya @ circuit cabaret in Vancouver 🙁
Hope the opportunity comes up again OR we can
get out your way to see your new place AND get
over to Baltimore to see Peter b’s workshop.
Kudos on the new Nova!
It’s also about time for (somebody’s) WTPA-2
to be finished! Need something like one of those
to multiply the drones!!!
Hey! Yeah. I really wish I had come out. It turns out my school schedule is real loose and I definitely could have made the trip. 🙁
But I trust Darsha filled my shoes well! I would love to be involved in future events and you’re always welcome to visit…. although I’m not living in New York anymore…. I’m in the Netherlands and will be for a few years.
Boy I ALSO need to finish my WTPA-2! its an exciting circuit. more drones!!!!
colius uriah said:
December 22nd, 2012 at 5:29pm #
i was wondering what the parts in the adventure kit are? mainly the ICs? just ordered 4 PCBs and im pretty excited!
@shawn. Yes you can power it with a battery. But it’s best to not use the lights if you do so. The circuit itself uses very little power but the lights use quite a lot, enough to kill the battery somewhat quickly. There is a switch for the lights so that part is easy. To power the circuit with a battery you will have to get a battery clip with a power plug on the end. You can make your own or some people sell them. Make sure the power plug is negative ring. I hope that helps!
hey got my double working , somewhat . ran into some trouble tho . first time i put in the rgb led the green channel was out so i swapped it for another which i tested before and after i put it in the board with all channels of the led operational. i gave that side a test run and everything seems to work as normal with audio dumping out of all 3 lfo’s . but the green channel of the led wont light up . i measured the voltage going to the green led at .1v to .3v obviously not enough to light the green led which requires 3.2 volts or so for maximum brightness. so what do i need to check and replace to get that fixed ? any ideas ? any help would be greatly appreciated , thanks .
Could I ask what the differences were between V1.2 and the current V1.3? Also just looking at the timeline between different versions I was wondering if a future update is going to be done on the Nova Drone or if it’s best to get one now?
The differences between 1.2 and 1.3 are minimal. They are functionally the same. Yes there is an update in the works. I’m aiming to release it before christmas (2016). It is very similar to the V1 but with more CV controls, a housing and and some expansion options. It will be a much more challenging build for beginners and the price will be higher. Not sure exactly how much yet but it will be twice as much circuitry and a housing more expensive. So for the DIY crowd I think the V1 is still an appealing option.
Thanks for the update! Will the new revision be able to stack into the current model? That is something I really appreciate about the Novadrone: sharing power and syncing between multiple units by plugging them together.
Would CV expansion include additional breadboard points or are you considering actual buffered jacks to interface directly with more “standard” synths?