Electronic keyboard

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Final keyboard assembley.jpg
Electronic Keyboard Icon

In this TV, we will be creating an electronic keyboard.

Bill of Materials

  • Keyboard PCB
  • Keyboard parts kit
  • printed keyboard caps
  • Solder


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For this TV, the cad has been done for you, as this is more of an exercise in assembly and programming than in design.

Here is the Schematic used for this build:

Midi sch.png

The processor is an ATmega328, the same processor as is used on the Arduino Uno. There are 8 button inputs, with pulldown resistors on the signal lines, and a speaker amplifier to drive a small speaker.

This schematic was used to create the following PCB:

Midi pcb.png

The cad file is sent to a manufacturer, and they send back a board that looks like this:

Electronic keyboard pcb.jpg

Using this board, we will assemble the circuit. This build makes heavy use of soldering, so check out the soldering wiki page: INSERT



Electronic keyboard parts.jpg

To start off, let's solder the resistors. There are 4 resistor values used on the board; 10,000 ohms (10K), 1,000 ohms (1K), 100 ohms (100), and 560 ohms (560). The resistor values are coded by colored stripes on the side of the resistor; the following chart describes this code:

Resistor color code.png

To solder the resistors, first bend the legs over, and thread the wires through the holes in the board.

Resistor through hole board.jpg

on the back, bend them out a little to hold it in place, and then solder the connections.

Resistor soldered.jpg

Then, clip the leads back to the top of the solder joint

Resistor clipped.jpg

Repeat for all resistors.

Populated resistors.jpg

Next, let's solder the ceramic capacitors. they are the small 2 leaded yellow parts.

The larger one is a 0.1uF value, and the 2 smaller ones are 18pF.

Resistor and cap.jpg

next, there is 1 electrolytic capacitor to add. The larger one on the right isn't used in this version of the circuit. Electrolytic capacitors are polarized, which means that they need to be connected the right direction. Match the side of the part with the stripe with the white side of the circle on the board.

Board with electrolytic .jpg

Next up, we have the crystal. Inside this part there is a small piece of quartz, which resonates at 16 million times a second. This is used to drive the system clock.

More parts 1.jpeg

Next up, we have the reset button and the volume control resistor.

More parts 2.jpg

Next, the LED get's soldered in. LED's are polarity sensitive, so if they are in backwards, they will not work. align the flat side of the LED with the flat side of the white circle on the board.

LED alignment.jpg

Next, we can solder the transistor. This amplifies the signal going to the speaker, because the processor itself can't provide enough power to drive it.

Align the flat side with the flat side of the symbol on the board.

Transistor speaker.jpg

Next, we solder in the socket for the processor. This part has a large number of joints, so make sure it's in right before you start soldering! On top, one end has a small notch in it. Align this with the matching symbol on the board.

Socket top side.jpg

On the bottom, fold over 2 opposite corner pins to hold it in place.

Socket corner pins.jpg

Making sure it is in all the way, solder these 2 corner pins. Double check that the socket is all the way in, and oriented right. If it is, solder the rest of the pins.

Final socket.jpg

Next, we need to mount the programming port. First, solder the header pins in place

Header solder with angle.jpg

Note that this part can be tricky to solder straight. The easiest way is to get 1 pin soldered, even if its' crocked. Then, hold the pins pressing them into the board, and re-melt that solder joint. ' Make sure your finger isn't on the 1 pin that you are soldering to, as it will get hot fast.

Finger holding header crocked.jpg Header straight soldered.jpg

After this, the header should be lined up.