'RECYCLING NOISE SINCE 2001'
Circuitbenders.co.uk was launched back in 2001 after a chance accident with an old Speak & Spell machine and a soldering iron opened up new realms of sonic destruction and audio carnage for circuitbenders founder Paul Norris. This site was the first website in the UK offering circuitbent machines for sale, alongside a wide range of custom modifications and upgrades for electronic toys, drum machines, synths and samplers. Our machines have been featured on music from artists as diverse as The Chemical Brothers and Bloc Party, along with hundreds of producers and artists worldwide. >
The term 'circuitbending' refers to the technique of rewiring the electronics of just about anything that makes a noise to create a machine capable of sounds the original designers would have never thought possible. Anything from dirty twisted percussion and 8 bit computer glitching, to droning alien soundscapes and crushing walls of noise can be coaxed from the most unlikely of sources with nothing but a soldering iron and a lot of patience.
For details of all our standard modifications for various machines take a look at the links to the left. If your machine doesn't appear there then don't worry, we are usually willing to attempt to modify just about anything within reason. On machines we've never modified before we can often offer you a cheaper 'prototyping' deal on mods that we can then offer to other people. Just get in touch and let us know what you've got. The main requirements for a machine to be circuitbent is that it makes a noise and it's not likely to kill us in the process!
To take a look at any modified machines we have available for sale, follow the links to our SHOP page. Here you'll find details of anything we have for sale along with a short list of machines we have in stock waiting to be modified or available for custom mods. For latest news and information on our most recent bent machines take a look at the NEWS page of the site. >
If you want to discuss anything circuitbending related or you want to try modifying your own machines and need some advice then you can join our circuitbending and electronic audio DIY FORUM where you can pick up some tips, discuss circuit bending technique and show off your latest modified machines.
LATEST SITE ADDITIONS:
We have a new DIY clone PCB of the voice circuits from a Boss DR55 drum machine available to buy. The board features all four analogue sounds and an overall accent, all driven by standard 5v trigger pulses or gates.
Click HERE to take a look
We have a new page on the site dedicated to ancient analogue drum machine retrofits. If you want external triggering, midi, individual outs or to be able to actually hear the sounds over the 70's inductors humming away in the background, then click HERE and we'll see what we can do.
The Korg Poly800 mkI data entry knob mod is now available for your synth. This mod replaces the UP/DOWN data entry buttons with an endless rotary encoder.
Click HERE to take a look.