Volca Beat Snare Mod

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-10-10T05:04:59+00:00

After considering it for ages I finally dared to mod my volca beat and solder a capacitor on the (in)famous C78 solder point, to fix the snare sound.

volca snare mod

The solder pads are REALLY tiny and solding smd stuff is WAAAAY outside my comfort-zone, but it was totaly worth it. The snare sounds a lot more 808-ty and I really like it.

Unfortunately I forgot to shorten the wires on the capacitor as you can see in the photo, so I used a bit of tape to prevent the wires from shorting something on the board (and I will absolutely not unsolder and resolder it :-) )

A detailed description how to mod the volca beat can be found on hackaday at


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how to make a small scratchingpost

Nikolaus Gradwohl2015-09-10T06:49:34+00:00

I build a small scratchingpost from scratch (sorry could not resist :-) ) to prevent my cats from scratching on my chair. I used scrap materials I had lying around and it only took me a view minutes.

scratching post

These are the materials I used:

  • a piece of wood for the base (I used the remains of an old cat-tree)
  • a cardboard can (from müsli, potatochips, ...)
  • a screw, a washer and a nut
  • a sisal-clothsline
  • some doublesided stickytape
  • small rubberfeed
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A DIY T-Shirt

Nikolaus Gradwohl2011-06-29T06:05:27+00:00

For my Day 29 project of 30DaysOfCreativity I wanted to make something I never made before - so I decided to sew a T-Shirt.


Since I had no clue how to do it, I made a plan


This plan turned out to be a bit naive (very soon) - so I tried another aproach involiving scissors and a sewing machine.

I'm still quite sure not to turn into a tailor any time soon, but the result is far better than anything I hoped for

guru wearing his DIY-T-Shirt

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DIY case for Archos101-Tablet

Nikolaus Gradwohl2010-12-16T08:33:00+00:00

I got an archos101 recently, but couldn't find a case for it. Mom to the rescue! My mom doesn't only weave - she also sews very well. So she made me a custom case for my tablet :-) Here is a little gallery of my tablet case in the making

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DIY Signing-Language Notepad

Nikolaus Gradwohl2010-03-14T15:58:00+00:00

I am currently attending a course in "Austrian Signing Language", so i made a notepad to draw the signs without having to draw the body and the head again and again (note: most programmers are lazy)

get the pdf here, print some copies and cut them in half. if you want you can also glue them together on the top.

signing paper

i release this graphics as freeware, but it would be nice if you drop me a note if you use them.

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