Pure Data & Arduino- Controlling Sound with Jiffer Harriman from CU

Learn how to create and control sound with the Sparkfun RedBoard and Pure Data (PD). Using the Arduino compatible RedBoard we will create physical interfaces for control and driving outputs with PD. You will learn the ins and outs of wiring up your own controllers with buttons, knobs, accelerometers and more. PD is a powerful (and intuitive!) graphical audio programming environment where we will explore sound synthesis, audio effects, as well as work with live audio and samples. We will also look at techniques for driving various outputs from this environment (blinking LEDs, percussive motors). This is a hands on class where we will build circuits and software from the ground up while exploring a variety of sound-based applications. This class is a chance to learn new ways of working with sound and electronics as well as get some basic tools to take home and continue the journey!

This class will tentatively be live streamed for those of you who cannot attend! This is a free service.

If you would like to live stream this class and follow along you can find the list of materials and the quantities you need here.

Materials included in this class are:

Prerequisites: Participants should be familiar with basic Arduino programming as we will be uploading Arduino code, but not covering the code on the Microcontroller. Ages 16 and up.

What to bring: Yourself, a laptop with Pure Data, Arduino, FTDI Drivers and Arduino installed and maybe a bite to eat for lunch. SparkFun has laptops than can be used on a first come, first served basis.

The following links are helpful for the class:

Date: May 14, 2014

Time: 9AM–5PM (with a one hour break for lunch)

Location: SparkFun Electronics. Please come to the front door on the southwest corner of the building. There will be a sign near the door indicating for you to ring the bell so we can let you in.

Instructors: Jiifer Harriman and Byron Jacquot

We will NOT accept walk-ins for this class unless you are registered. Thank you for understanding.


Note: Class registration is fully refundable until the weekday (M-F) prior to the class at 5:00pm MST. Please call to do so. If you wish to cancel after that time, or miss the workshop for any reason, we will transfer the amount you paid to SparkFun store credit, but cannot issue refunds. Thanks for your understanding!

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Class Time
  • Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price $75.00
Slots Available 25/30

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