July 06, 2012

Using old floppy drives as musical instruments with Arduino

By now the interested Arduino enthusiast will have seen the videos on the Internet of various sounds and songs being made with floppy disk drives. The stuttering of one or more drives in sequence can produce some credible noises. However actually moving forward and making your own FDD orchestra may have been a mystery - until now. Thanks to "analogue chick", a complete set of instructions has been published to help you get started. Here is an example to fire the imagination:

Not bad, and doing so isn't that difficult at all. You only need two digital pins for each drive, so using a few shouldn't be a problem. For more information and to get started, visit here. Furthermore, for a great base for this and other Arduino-controlled projects, consider our range of Arduino-compatible hardware and protoshields, including the Freetronics Eleven - the Arduino-Uno compatible with low-profile USB socket, onboard prototyping space and easy to view LEDs:

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