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Books by Thomas Henry

Magic Smoke Electronics is proud to be the officially licensed publisher for the following books by legendary electronics writer Thomas Henry. (Mr. Henry no longer operates his former company, Midwest Micro.) All books have been redrawn for maximum quality; these are not scans of old, printed copies.

The PICAXE 18M2 Cookbook


The revolution in low-cost microcontrollers has enabled DIY enthusiasts to create projects they never could have pulled off before. But these devices can be intimidating and frustrating to use, especially for newcomers. Expensive prototyping and programming systems, difficult programming languages and hard to decipher data sheets have kept many from using these modern miracles. Until now...

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An Analog Synthesizer for the 21st Century


A collection of schematics for a complete, accurate and versatile analog synthesizer. Designed by well-known synthesizer guru, Thomas Henry, this is a comprehensive set of plans guaranteed to delight and challenge the advanced DIY enthusiast.

Download: Adobe PDF, 8414 KB
Printed: 36 pages, 8.5" x 11", coil binding, black and white interior

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The Electronic Drum Cookbook


An easy to read guide that presents circuits designed for a "mix and match" approach to building versatile, high-quality electronic percussion. Created by well known DIY guru, Thomas Henry, each section of The Electronic Drum Cookbook presents a new building block that can be combined in a variety of ways to build a custom musical instrument that makes, mixes, and modifies your own sounds.

Download: Adobe PDF, 485 KB
Printed: 54 pages, 8.5" x 11", coil binding, black and white interior

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Making Music with the 3080 OTA


A detailed account written exclusively for DIY-ers interested in building their own performance-quality instruments, Making Music With The 3080 OTA is packed with schematics, SPICE simulation charts, graphs, formulas, and practical hints on using the chip. A carefully designed "mix and match" scheme lets you combine subcircuits seamlessly to create entirely new modules. Everything��s been worked out so that you can start building useful custom musical instruments at once!

Download: Adobe PDF, 3192 KB
Printed: 32 pages, 8.5" x 11", coil binding, black and white interior

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Making Music with the 566


A complete guide for the do-it-yourselfer showing how to design linear and exponential VCOs with sine, triangle, ramp, square and pulse outputs, using the versatile 566 function generator chip.

Download: Adobe PDF, 1288 KB
Printed: 31 pages, 8.5" x 11", coil binding, black and white interior

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Making Music with the NE570 Compander


A complete guide for the do-it-yourselfer showing how to design compressors, expanders, envelope followers, VCAs, limiters and more using the versatile NE570 compander chip. In the past, working with the NE570 was not a very pleasant experience. Manufacturer's data sheets were difficult to wade through (having been written with telecommunications engineers in mind), and were all too often marred by errors and misprints. This manual sets the record straight, presenting accurate design details in a friendly yet complete form.

Download: Adobe PDF, 529 KB
Printed: 26 pages, 8.5" x 11", coil binding, black and white interior

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The Noise Generator Cookbook


If you think there's nothing new in the world of noise generator modules, look again! This amazing collection of over one dozen elegant and practical circuits will change your mind. They're ideally suited for analog synthesizers, electronic percussion, audio testing and more. The real secrets are revealed once and for all in an easy to understand form. You'll find both analog and digital approaches, methods to add voltage control for incredible sonic sweeps, a little-known technique that uses negative feedback to boost response, a variety of pink noise filters, oscillator back approaches for metallic sounds, and a whole lot more!

Download: Adobe PDF, 2297 KB
Printed: 32 pages, 8.5" x 11", coil binding, black and white interior

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