When I first began experimenting with Microcontrollers in 2010, in particular the PIC series by Microchip, I decided doing traditional breadboarding for every module that would be used was not always practical. MIDI was a major part of many of the experiments I worked on, so it made sense to invest the time to create a permanent MIDI input and output(I/O). Using EagleCad, I was able to convert a schematic using the standard protocol for MIDI I/O, into a design for a printed circuit board (PCB). The interface offers easily connectable header pins used for MIDI I/O, 5-Volt supply, and ground.
Although a large portion of my tools' use is on repair work, my real fascination over the last few years
has been with
digitally controlled analog systems,
and in particular uses of embedded design in analog audio.
Although, I'm involved with a embedded DSP project with
Design Compendium (Brooklyn, NY),
most of my recent work has been centered around integrating MCUs (PIC, Atmel, and ARM-based solutions), into analog audio
I'm capable of efficient schematic layout and PCB design using CAD
and producing full prototypes from design to construction.
Sometime late in Elementary school or early in middle school, I started ripping open all kinds of things to see how they worked, like small combustion engines, old stereos, record players, remote controls, etc... It was during high school that I became seriously interested in general electronics, and what made audio equipment work. I breadboarded loads of circuits from Forest M. Mims III Engineer's Mini-Notebooks, and began constructing guitar effects. My father, who had experience in electronics manufacturing and machining, broke out a number of his old tools and taught me how to use them - my exploration has continued and experience has developed to this day.