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About this product


  • Produce some interesting sounds without touching a thing
  • Generate a tone, and change the pitch by moving your hand closer to the board
  • Fun to make with 44 parts

Product overview

• Produce some interesting sounds without touching a thing
• Generate a tone, and change the pitch by moving your hand closer to the board
• Fun to make with 44 parts
• Required three AA batteries (not included Order Code L43AL)

What can I do with this kit?
Become part an interactive part of the circuit. Build your own sound generator, then use your hands to alter the pitch of the tone and create fun and funky noises. As you move your hand closer and further away from the board, the pitch will change. For a more pronounced difference, try touching the metal studs on the battery box or the metal of the speaker. Have fun and see what sounds you can make, and even build your own songs. This 44 part kit is great for anyone interested in electronics or looking to improve their soldering.

What can I learn from this kit?
Use resistors, capacitors, microchips and potentiometers to build the circuit and learn how they go together. Use the two potentiometers to set the pitch and volume, then use your hands to further change the pitch. You can increase the surface area by attaching kitchen foil to the pad in the corner of the copper plane. The bigger the surface area, the more pronounced the pitch changes will be. This kit comes with all the components required, including a speaker. You will require a soldering iron and solder, and may require wire cutters.

How easy is this kit to solder?
Improve your soldering with this kit, which contains both standard components and temperature-sensitive ones. It is a great kit for those learning about electronics and those looking to progress. Once you’ve built your kit, you could go on to build an enclosure or your own musical instrument. You could even use several kits to build a band – just make sure not to cover the active areas. This kit is run off three AA batteries (not included – Order Code L43AL).

Rated 4 out of 5 by from what it says on the tin... did i do something wrong when I built this? or does the description fall short of the reality with this thing? it says move your hand around near the board, but doing that has very little effect on the sound. however, start touching the contacts on the back of the board and it is a whole different story - this is where the fun really begins - it is a bit random - would be interesting to make controls for it...
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Jean Michel Jarre has nothing to fear from this A nice build project if you enjoy the assembly process and don't care too much about performance. One of the resistors supplied was incorrect. The instructions indicated a 1k resistor (brown, black, red), but what was supplied was a 10k (brown, black, orange). Luckily I have numerous spares and I found a 1k resistor. Not good though. I don't know enough about electronics to say what impact the higher resistance component would have had. After assembly the project didn't seem to be working. There was a faint noise coming from the speaker but you had you have it against your ear to hear it. Oddly, removing the battery and replacing it cured the problem, but it does seem temperamental. Fun to build though.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Found this through a search for a theremin. Liked the idea of a small cheap version for use with students. Thoroughly enjoyed putting it together and found that no real technical knowledge was needed (other than how to solder). However, the final product was disappointing. The variety in sounds is very limited, even with the tips provided. Not something I will be investing in using.
Date published: 2013-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little kit for a weekend project. Easy to setup and lot's of fun.
Date published: 2013-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Soldering was fun I don't know the actual sound quality since I broke it whilst soldering, due to lack of soldering experience. However, the process was fun and helped me to gain more knowledge and experience towards soldering. I only wish it came with an extra PCB since that is what got damaged when I was soldering everything together.
Date published: 2018-02-04
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Is it possible to get a circuit diagram for this kit please? It's difficult to figure how it works just from the assembled kit.

Asked by: Ndresman
Unfortunately we do not provide a circuit diagram with this.
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-09-11

Hello, I bought 2 of these about a year ago. Yesterday I thought I would wire up the 2nd which had been unassembled. My question is regarding D1.Can you explain its function?

Asked by: exclusiveor
This is a diode so would stop the capacitor discharging the wrong way.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2016-03-02

what type of solder wire is required - what gauge? my husband bought me this as a gift and I have no idea about soldering. also, do you need a very fine solder iron & solder sucker?

Asked by: Jo Goddard
Maplin Lead-Free Solder 100g code: A29AR Antex Soldering Kit 25W Code: N71DS For something like this project, this soldering iron will be fine. (solder included)
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2015-08-20
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