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What is an Atari Punk Console?

An Atari Punk Console is an electonic musical instrument that produces "low-fi" sounds that resemble classic Atari console games from the 1980s, with a square wave output similar to the Atari 2600.

Who invented it?
There are 3 people who contributed to the final instrument which is called an Atari Punk Console. Hans R. Camenzind invented the 555 timer IC, Forrest M. Mims III designed the Stepped Tone Generator and Kaustic Machines called the circuit the Atari Punk Console beucase of the "low-fi" sounds that resemble classic Atari console games from the 1980s it makes

The Atari Punk Console (commonly shortened to APC) is a popular circuit that utilizes two 555 timer ICs or a single 556 dual timer IC. The original circuit, called a "Stepped Tone Generator", was published in a Radio Shack booklet: "Engineer's Notebook: Integrated Circuit Applications" in 1980 and then in "Engineer's Mini-Notebook - 555 Circuits" by its designer, Forrest M. Mims III (Siliconcepts, 1984). It was named "Atari Punk Console" (APC) by Kaustic Machines crew because its "low-fi" sounds resemble classic Atari console games from the 1980s, with a square wave output similar to the Atari 2600. Kaustic Machines added a -4db line level output to the circuit which was originally designed to drive a small 8 ohm speaker.


This is the schematic with a 556




Atari Punks

Forest Mims Atari Punk Console APC #1 Clear Box Atari Punk Console APC #2 Blob Atari Punk Console APC #3

Mimms Atari Punk Console #1

Clear Box Atari Punk Console #2

Blob Atari Punk Console #3

Cube Atari Punk Console APC #4 Pro Atari Punk Console #5 APCPro2-12

Cube Atari Punk Console #4

Pro Model Atari Punk Console #5

Pro 2 Atari Punk Console #6

Atari Junk Console #7 Vibrati Punk Console #8 Jedi Punk Console #9

Atari Junk Console #7

Vibrati Punk Console #8

Jedi Punk Console #9

555 Based Pianos

Atari Punk Musical Box Piano Synth #1 Golden Boy Toy Organ

Atari Punk Musical Box
Piano Synth #1

APC Piano Synth #2

Golden Boy Toy Organ
Piano Synth #3-->

555 Based Sequencers

Atari Punk 10 Step Sequencer

8 Step Sequencer
Atari Music Box SEQ1

10 step Sequencer
Atari Music Box SEQ2

555 Based And Other Synthesizers

Laser Punk Console 4093 NAND Synth

Warbler Mangler Punk Console
SYNTH #1

Laser Punk Console
SYNTH #2

4093 NAND Synth
SYNTH #3

Audio Amplifiers

2.5 Watt Mono Audio Amp
AMP #1

3 Watt Mono Audio Amp
AMP #2

Other Electonics

Color Organ
TRONIC #1

TV Tennis Console
TRONIC #2

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Build your own now!

Soo, you want to build your own atari punk console? What better place to start than with a kit for your first one. If your not confident in you ability to do it with just a schematic and handfull of parts on a blank proto board then buy a kit from one of these great vendors. They are very easy to build and you don't need to know anything about schematics really. Just put the parts through the right holes and solder them in.


Atari Punk Console Kit Lynx

Atari Punk Console KitManufacturer
Atari Punk Console Kit
Synthrotek Atari Punk Console
by Synthrotek
Synthrotek
Forrest M. Mims III: Atari Punk Console Kit
Jameco Atari Punk Console
by Jameco
Jameco Atari Punk Console

Atari Punk Console PCB
Sarph Atari Punk Console PCB
by Sharph Hal (PCB only)
Sarph Atari Punk Console PCB

Atari-Noise Board
by Cavan Fyans

Atari Punk Console Kit
by Maker Shed

Atari Punk Console Kit
by Jimmie P Rodgers

Atari Punk Console Kit
by GetLoFi

Vibrati Punk Console
by Lush Projects

Atari Punk Console
by Pixelkit (Russia)


Atari Punk Console Parts Lynx

Synthrotek
Music From Outer Space
Atari Punk Console PCB - in my opnion the best one
Jameco Electonics.
Ramsey Electronics
All Electronics
Goldmine Electronics
Deal Extreme DIY Part
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