LATEST CIRCUITBENDERS NEWS

03/10/19 - We have a write up on our new Nixie Clock with Dekatron spinner counting tube, built into the case from a very scary piece of 1930's medical equpiment! Click HERE or on the image for more details.

nixie clock

21/08/19 - Continuing the recent trend for offering mods for a very limited demographic, the Alesis Nanoverb 2 reclocking and RAM loop mods are now available for your unit. Click HERE for more details.

30/07/19 - We have a new tutorial detailing bypassing / replacing the Roland R8 and R5 power supplies with their with unique connectors, using an internal dual power rail generator PCB. This allows you to run these machines using a standard external DC power supply. Click HERE for more details.

27/07/19 - We are now selling replacement SH101 power switches. These will solve any tuning issues your synth is experiencing if you touch the power button. Click HERE or on the image below for details.

16/07/19 - Roland R8 / R8M percussion grinding patch boxes are available from the SHOP. The box plugs in via a ROM card port and doesn't need any mods to the machine itself.

09/04/19 - Yamaha REX50 mods are now available for your machine. Mods include a 16 way RAM decimation switch matrix and a reclocking knob. More detals can be found HERE.

14/02/19 - We have a new write up on our Yamaha RY30drum machine mods that can be found HERE

12/02/19 - The Behringulizer 2000 mod kits have been updated with another version available for the DSP1024P and the DSP1224P. The later 24 bit versions of the Virtualizer DSP1000P or Modulizer DSP1200P. Click HERE for details.

18/06/18 - Behringulizer 2000 DIY kits are available on the SHOP page. The mod adds a system reclocking knob plus a switchable operating system and effects set to a Behringer Virtualizer DSP1000P or Modulizer DSP1200P

Behringulizer 2000 DIY kit

05/06/18 - We have a few 'Redshift Multiple' eurorack multiple and level shifter modules avaiable on the SHOP page.

14/08/17 - We have a new demo of a circuit bent Phonic Verbifex multi FX unit up on our Soundcloud. Mods include a reclocking knob and a RAM loop button.

Phonic Verbifex

23/01/17 - The Kawai R-ROM sound ROM switcher mod is available as a solderless DIY kit on the SHOP page of the site.

20/01/17 - The KAWAI R100 mods page has been updated with the new external patchbay and ROM switcher mods.

29/11/16 - Poly800 mkI MDK Midi Dump Kit's are now available. This DIY kit adds midi sysex patch exchange with your computer to the mkI Poly800. Click HERE or on the image for details.

16/09/16 - Harmonic Engine DIY PCB's are now available. The Harmonic Engine is a clone of the 1981 E&MM Harmony Generator. Click HERE or on the image for more details.

29/07/16 - DIY Audio 2 Trigger interface kits are available in the shop. Theres also some pre-built modules for direct installation into a Roland TR8.
The interface takes an audio signal such as a click or rimshot sound, and converts it into a +5v 10ms analogue trigger pulse.

04/07/16 - We have a new DIY kit that adds a data entry knob to replace the up & down parameter change buttons on a Korg Poly800 mkI or mkII synth. Click HERE or on the image below to take a look

08/05/16 - Ten Thumbed Tone Deaf No Talent Noise Pollution T-shirts are available in various colours on the Mercht website until 22nd May. Ships on 25th May. Click HERE or on the image below to take a look.

circuitbenders t-shirt

15/02/16 - The Zoom 1204 reclocking mod is now available for your unit. Click HERE or on the image below to take a look.

Modified Zoom 1204

28.01/16 - We have a new 'Car Boot Sale' page on the site. This is designed for selling all the weird random bits & pieces of audio electronics that seem to accumulate in every drawer and cupboard. Click HERE or on the image below to take a look.

29/11/15 - Due to popular demand the Boss DR110 din-sync interface kits are back in stock. Click HERE or on the image below to take a look.

28/08/15 - We have a new write up detailing our expanded TAMA TECHSTAR TS305 mods. Included are a couple of demo videos and full descriptions of the mods. Click HERE or on the image below to take a look.

14/07/15 - The ZOOM 1202 mods are now available for your unit. The mod includes a 9 way RAM decimation switching matrix, a reclocking knob and a power switch. Click HERE or on the image below for more details.

27/03/15 - Our CB55 - Boss DR55 voice clone boards are back in stock. Click HERE or on the image below for details.

circuitbenders CB55 - Boss DR55 clone PCB

17/02/15 - The ZOOM 1201 mods are now available for your unit. The mod includes a 14 way RAM decimation switching matrix, a reclocking knob and a power switch. Click HERE or on the image below for more details.

02/02/15 - The new LTC1799 module mkII PCB's have arrived! This is a simple solution for reclocking and changing the pitch of any number of drum machines, effects units, synths, samplers and toys. Just add an external frequency pot and some power.

22/01/15 - We have a new write up and demos for a modded ZOOM 1201 effects processor. Click HERE or on the image below to take a look.

22/12/14 - On addition to our write up on our reclocked ART multiverb LT a couple of weeks back, we also now have an ART Proverb 200 effects unit on the same page. Click HERE or on the image for more details.

Modified ART proverb 200

10/12/14 - We have a new write up and demos for a reclocked ART Multiverb LT effects processor. Click HERE or on the image below to take a look.

30/11/14 - We have a new write up and demos for our reclocked Fostex DE1 effects processor on the site. To take a look click HERE.

25/11/14 - We have an update on the sound machine page in the archive. Behold, the sound machine F*** Box! Click HERE to take a look.

28/07/14 - We have a new DIY clone PCB of the voice circuits from a Boss DR55 drum machine available to buy. The board features all four analogue sounds and an overall accent, all driven by standard 5v trigger pulses or gates. Click HERE to take a look

circuitbenders CB55 - Boss DR55 clone PCB

02/07/14 - We have a new page on the site dedicated to ancient analogue drum machine retrofits. If you want external triggering, midi, individual outs or to be able to actually hear the sounds over the 70's inductors humming away in the background, then click HERE and we'll see what we can do.

16/04/14 - The Korg Poly800 mkI data entry knob mod is now available for your synth. This mod replaces the UP/DOWN data entry buttons with an endless rotary encoder. Click HERE to take a look.

22/03/14 - We have a new page with details of converting a Roland TR77 to use a regulated external power supply instead of the useless power circuit it has as standard. Click HERE to take a look.

TR77 power conversion

24/02/14 - The Korg Poly800 mkII data entry knob mod is now available for your synth. This mod replaces the UP/DOWN data entry buttons with an endless rotary encoder. Click HERE to take a look.

Poly 800 data entry knob

20/02/14 - Replacement tactile switches for units such as the TB303, TR606 and KPR77 are now available in sets at a reduced price, Click HERE to take a look.

16/01/14 - Our Korg Kaoss Pad KP1 mods are now available to be installed on your unit! Click HERE to take a look

14/01/14 - We have replacement LCD screens for the Alesis HR16 available on the site. Click HERE to take a look.

HR16 replacement LCD screen

30/12/13 - We have a new page up with photos and details of out Steampunk Christmas lamp. Click HERE to take a look.

Steampunk lamp small

24/12/13 - Merry Christmas from circuitbenders.co.uk!

11/11/13 - 03/07/13- We have a new write up with details of our circuit bent Korg Kaoss Pad KP1 that can be found HERE. The page includes photos and demos.

Modified Korg KP1

18/10/13 - We have a new simple tutorial detailing how to create a pitch control by installing one of our LTC1799 clock oscillator modules into a Roland TR505 drum machine. To take a look click HERE.

11/10/13 - We're now offering a replacement tactile switch / buttons service for the Jomox Xbase09 drum machine. Click HERE for more information.

13/09/13 - We now have LTC clock oscillator modules available in both DIP6 and PCB formats. The PCB includes an onboard trimmer to set the highest clock frequency. For more information, click HERE.

27/08/13 - Our Yamaha RX17 drum machine mods now include an alternative option of a 24 way percussion grinding switch matrix. Click HERE to take a look.

03/07/13- We have a short writeup on our circuit bent Roland R8 that can be found HERE. The page includes photos and demos.

10/04/13 - We have a short writeup on our circuit bent Yamaha RX5 that can be found HERE. The page includes photos and demos.

07/02/12 - Upgrade EPROM's for the Digitech Studio Quad FX processor are now available on the SHOP page.

05/12/12 - A quick write up on our modified Roland R5 drum machine has been added to the new machines archive. Click HERE to take a look.

19/11/12 - A write up on a modified Yamaha DX100 FM synth has been added to the site. Click HERE to take a look.

28/10/12 - All of our Akai sampler operating system upgrade EPROM's are now available in the shop. Click HERE to take a look.

28/08/12 - We've finally got around to rebuilding the Gallery page with a whole load of photos, some old and some new. Click HERE to take a look.

01/08/12 - We have some free Speak & Spell gibberish up on our Soundcloud page. Click the image below to go there.

25/07/12 - The Kawai R100 mods now include an optional pitch control and new demos to listen too. Click on the image to go to the R100 page.

Kawai R100 pitch

09/05/12 - Boss DR110 DIN-sync kits are now available in the shop. Click on the image for more details.

DR110 DIN sync kit

05/05/12 - Details of how to install a backup battery have been added to the Boss DR110 archive page. Click on the image to go there.

DR110 backup

05/04/12 - We now have EPROM operating system chips for the Akai S3000XL, S3200XL and S1000 available in our ebay shop. Click on the image to go there.

Akai os

26/01/12 - Our Kawai R50 drum machine mods now include an optional pitch control. For more infomation and a demo click HERE.

Kawai R50 pitch knob

02/01/12 - Akai S01 SALE! - For a limited time or until stocks are exhausted, if you pay for the cost of one of our Akai S01 sample grinding mods, you get the sampler itself thrown in for free! SALE ENDED.

Akao S01 SALE!

 

LATEST BENDS & MODS

This section is updated on a regular basis with details of our latest circuit bent and modified machines. Take a look in the archive for older featured machines.

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NIXIE CLOCK

This beautiful thing is a 6 digit Nixie tube clock with a Dekatron spinner, all built into the casing from an extremely scary piece of 1930's medical equipment. The art deco styling on the case is completely original for the period it was originally made, as is the huge rectifier tube in the back...... and yes, it does have a socket labelled BIPOLAR COAGULATION on the right hand side!
Its only polite that we all just pause for a moment to imagine the potential here for a completely indecipherable death metal band logo..........

nixie clock

The casing was found on ebay in a somewhat battered state, with all the original accessories included in the wooden drawer that pulls out of the lower section. A bit of research on the makers, 'Cameron Surgical Speciality Company Chicago', suggests that between 1915 and 1953 they manufactured dental and surgical tools, including something called

"The Cameron Cauterodyne.  A bloodless surgical knife.  It was used for both cutting and coagulation during procedures, with independent controls to regulate each of those functions".

Judging from the controls, accessories and the massive transformer that was originally mounted inside, its probable that this thing was a power supply for the Cameron Cauterodyne. From the look of the interior when it was first opened up, it was fairly clear that its additional function would have been as entertainingly dangerous fire hazard that would probably have involved picking rectifier tube shrapnel out of your face for weeks after you made the mistake of powering it up!

The information about the 'Cameron Surgical Speciality Company was found HERE, on the only page that seems to have any kind of mention of their history. The photo below is from the original ebay listing, showing the accessories included.

cameron surgical case

After removing the massive death trap of a transformer and other associated junk from inside, we very carefully cut six IN-4 nixie tube sized holes in the front of the removable accessories drawer. Inside the front panel of the drawer we mounted a HALO IN-4 nixie clock PCB from PV Electronics, who were also kind enough to update the firmware code to a custom version so that it would sync with their Dekaduo dual Dekatron tube driver board.

nixie clock

The IN-4 nixie tubes were bought from an excellent ebay seller in the Ukraine, who even included an extra spare tube for free.

Dekatron nixie

The original Bakelite chicken head knob in the middle of the panel was removed along with its weird mechanical linkage to some kind of variable coil arrangement, and the hole was enlarged so that a Dekatron counting tube could be mounted behind it in the centre of the panel.

The Dekatron has two display options controlled by the original ball headed "main switch" underneath it. The first mode has the Dekatron segments lighting in sequence so the illuminated segment spins around the tube once a second, and the second mode displays a pendulum effect with the segments spinning around clockwise for one second, and then anticlockwise for the next.

We've installed a new LED behind the red cut glass lamp cover above the Dekatron tube. The brightness of this LED is now controlled by the remaining chicken head knob labelled 'light control', for no other reason than because it was possible! The LED lights and flashes to indicate various clock functions.

cameron surgical nixie clock

Round the back you can see the massive original rectifier valve which doesn't do anything anymore, but its a certainly a beautiful thing. There are also the setup controls for the clock. These consist of three vandal proof tactile switches mounted on an aluminium plate. Originally the switches were going to be mounted on the back panel metal itself, but a combination of the thinness of the panel, and a near disastrous 'drilling a hole in completely the wrong place' event, meant that mount the buttons on a new panel seemed like a better idea. Theres also a new DC power socket for a standard 12v power supply.

cameron surgical nixie clock

Below you can see a short video of this clock actually running
From now on we're putting Dekatron spinners in absolutely everything regardless of whether its even slightly appropriate!