Casio, Circuit Bent, SK-1 @ 29 August 2017, Comments Off on Circuit Bent Casio SK-1

“This Bent Casio is the most AWESOME Glitched Sampler/Keyboard I have owned. It was modified by that Master of Bending, Sam Peck. Sam has custom-made several Bent Devices for me but this one was from his own personal collection. It has SO many possibilities I have only just begun to tap it’s potential. For instance rather than have a somewhat limited Patch Cord Bay with a half-dozen patch cords, this Bending Matrix has no less than 29 THREE-POSITION TOGGLE SWITCHES!!! Plus 3 more Three-Position Toggles on the end of the Keyboard. Making a total of 32 Toggles!! It also has a very cool Pitch-Bend knob. And get this, IT IS ALSO MIDI-CAPABLE!! YOU CAN PLUG ANY MIDI-COMPLIANT INSTRUMENT INTO IT AS A CONTROLLER!! I have used this function many times, plugging this SK-1 into my KORG Karma Workstation and using it as a sound source. I haven’t seen many Bent Boards that can do that.

Like all Bent instruments it can be temperamental, a quality I’ve actually come to love. You never know what weird sound it’s going to throw at you on it’s own. The random Zen Element . . .this is something I really value as an assembler of weird, spontaneous sound events.

This Bent Casio SK-1 is a hardy little board that has been handled with TLC. Never Toured. Lives in my smoke-free home studio. I’m only selling it because I’m raising money for my Solo Blues Tour. That, and I know I can have Sam build me something similar in the future. Don’t miss out on this unique instrument!

It comes with an Universal AC Adapter (110) and also runs on 5 AA Batteries.” Link

Circuit Bent, Yamaha @ 14 October 2016, Comments Off on Circuit Bent Yamaha PSS-120

pss120 “For sale is a circuit bent highly modded Yamaha pss120. This has just about every mod you could want!! Filters, overdrives, distortion, theremins, lfos, body contacts, glitches, pitches you name it!!!. An awesome little music and effects maker. Runs on batteries or adapter. Battery door is missing but it comes with power supply. Don’t miss your chance to own this awesome little synth. Item will be pro packed and insured for full value. I ship to lower 48 states only…Thanks” Link

Casio, Circuit Bent, SK-1 @ 08 March 2016, Comments Off on Circuit Bent Casio SK-1

sk1 ” Circuit-bent Casio SK-1 built by

Keyboard functions normally if all switches are off.

Create incredibly strange sounds and beats.

Separate LFO circuit animates the sounds and sampled sounds for modulation.

An opto cell allows for theremin type of pitch work and total chaos in other patches.

It has an LED with ON/OFF switch that pulses and adds a modulating envelope glitch.

In addition, it has 9 bend switches that add strange modulations, algorithmic brain wave oscillations, insect emulations, whacked out drum beats, chaotic bass, syncopated rhythms, flanging, echoing, looping, the effects go on and on for incredible combinations only limited by your imagination.

A control knob on the front that allows you to dial out the drums.

It also comes with an ATARI joystick port and joystick that renders INCREDIBLE effects in each direction the joystick is moved as well as the button.

Also, there’s a pitch control knob with switch that allows you to choose between the original clock or a precission oscillator . This pitch knob greatly effects pitch several octaves.

There is a soft reset button and a balanced 1/4″ output jack.

Also included is a removable RCA patchbay module that plugs into the Atari jack when the joystick isn’t plugged in.

The onboard speaker is intact so you can use it on the go or anywhere you’d rather not drag your amplifier, a huge convenience factor.

*****I’m also throwing in a free optical theremin (shown mounted in beer can)*****” Link

Circuit Bent, RX5, Yamaha @ 06 November 2015, Comments Off on Circuit Bent Yamaha RX5

rx5 “This is a vintage studio quality drum machine. It is in great condition. It is circuit bent for the enthusiast and experimenter and is capable of some cool kaoss pad type sounds. It comes with original power supply, patch cables, and a manual I printed off the internet” Link

Casio, Circuit Bent @ 24 February 2015, Comments Off on Circuit Bent Casio VL-1


W I T H A F E W L I G H T S C U F F S & M A R K S


F O R T H A T R E T R O S T Y L E” Link

Circuit Bent, Roland, TR-707 @ 21 December 2014, Comments Off on Circuit Bent Roland TR-707

tr707cb“You are bidding on a Modified/Circuit Bent Roland TR-707 Drum Machine. This Drum Machine features 11 selected bend points routed to 11 switches. Switches are on/off/on toggle type. This allows the bend point to be routed to Bend Group A (left), Off (center), and Bend Group B (right). There are an additional 9 bend points connected (20 total) to a breakout DB-25 connector on the side of the unit. This connector allows a custom interface to be easily mated to the drum machine. Typical configurations will be a bend point patchbay and/or “favorite” bend switches.” Link

Casio, Circuit Bent, SK-1 @ 03 June 2014, Comments Off on Circuit Bent Casio SK-1

“This is circuit bent Casio Sk-1. This unit has 4 simple bends. All of the default sounds are still intact.
To enhace the sound of this keyboard, just connect some pedal effects i use to connect a delay and a reverb the posibilities are endless.” Link

Casio, Circuit Bent, SZ-1 @ 20 May 2014, Comments Off on Circuit Bent Casio SK-1

“This is circuit bent Casio Sk-1. This unit has 4 simple bends. All of the default sounds are still intact.” Link

Casio, Circuit Bent, SK-1 @ 18 March 2014, Comments Off on Lot of Circuit Bent Casio SK-1 Synths

“Casio SK-1 Circuit-Bent Synths

In good condition, not used for many years now due to a modular system.
If your into this your know what there are and capable of, grab yourself a bargain..” Link

Circuit Bent, Custom, Roland, TR-606 @ 10 July 2011, Comments Off on Custom Circuit Bent Roland TR-606

“This is box of fun. The knobs and filter make it live and 808 like. The multiple mode filter can be pushed too hard and distort bad. I say bad but that may be what you want. Regardless. there is a lot of play before it distorts. It happen s turning hpf and bandpass way up.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Circuit Bent, Roland, TR-505 @ 10 April 2011, Comments Off on Circuit Bent Roland TR-505

Circuit bent Roland TR-505 drum machine
I had this built by the Dave Cranmer (THE NERVOUS SQUIRREL) after watching this video for just over £600:

He only used six patch combinations in the video, but there are literally thousands to explore.

The box has MIDI in and out, and a switch to route the drum machine’s audio signal through a ‘voice modulator’ section, which has pitch and LFO controls.

I have labeled very simply the basic buttons/knobs but if you know them well you can easily remove these! But they are handy to familiarize initially.

I am reluctantly selling this.

Grab yourself a rare and beautifully DIY drum machine. You won’t be disappointed if you’re looking original and obscure sounds!

As you can see it’s built within a home-made wooden box with metal control face incl. retro knobs and switches. On the inside lid there are some discrete cosmetic imperfections as you might imagine from something home-made. The sticker on the lid is of it’s creator.

It takes 6xAA Batteries and has a really cool multi-colour-changing “on” ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Circuit Bent, Roland, TR-505 @ 05 September 2010, Comments Off on Circuit Bent Roland TR-505

“U.S Bidders only please.

Circuit bent TR505. Makes trashy glitchy sounds. Bent by diabolical devices.
Functions as a regular 505 when all bends are disabled.

Comes with 3 banana patch cables. Power supply not included. (Uses a regular 9V BOSS)” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Circuit Bent, Roland, TR-626 @ 22 August 2010, Comments Off on Circuit Bent Roland TR-626

“selling my circuit bent roland tr626 circuit bent drum machine. i had listed this some months ago but it was won but an overseas bidder and the auction was nulified. anyways this device has a patchbay mounted on the top which activates the bends. this machine behaves oddly in the sense that it randomly scrolls thru patterns as its playing. this means its ideal for sampling as opposed to live use unless you just want random screeching bubnling noises. there might be ways of correcting or controlling this but i’m unaware of that. as far as looks go it has a custom blue sparkle paint job. the machine has some scratches and such in the paint mostly from being in storage. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Circuit Bent, Custom, Roland, TR-707 @ 15 August 2010, Comments Off on Diabolical Modified Roland TR-707

“Diabolical Modified Roland TR-707 Features:

(10) External CMOS CLK Generators/Pitch controls with bypass switch and LED indicators

12 point circuit-bending patch bay (patch cables included)

Blue LED color change

Fully refurbished Unit: We complete disassemble and clean all our modified 707’s the panel/button board, all key contacts, switching outputs, and all faders and cleaned and treated. The DC power input is replaced and the circuit board is treated to prevent future failure (common weak spot). All interface jacks (midi, audio in/puts, and sync) are resoldered and inspected.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Circuit Bent, Keytar, SHS-10, Yamaha @ 25 June 2010, Comments Off on Circuit Bent Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

“Here we have a circuit bent Yamaha SHS-10 keyboard.

Works exactly as every other shs-10 until you flip a switch or other added control.

The mods ive added give this already cool keyboard limitless experimental capabilities.

Ive added 11 glitch switches, and ltc1799 pitch control oscillator with on-off switch and control knob.

It also comes with original battery cover and shoulder strap.

In fantastic working and physical condition.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Circuit Bent, Roland, TR-606 @ 11 April 2010, Comments Off on Custom Roland TR-606

“Roland Tr-606 modded by exfade now similar to TR 808.

Loads of controls to make the 606 a real beast.

Get 808 like booms, 909 esq kicks and whole lot more! The box was custom made out of some hardwood, the panel silk screened on stainless steel, so this is a very solid unit.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Circuit Bent, Roland, TR-606 @ 02 August 2009, Comments Off on Roland TR-606 TRX-666 The Devil’s Circuit Bent Drum Machine

“I bought this drum machine in 2006 from a guy in the UK called Matt Wells who had performed some serious circuit bending on it. The circuit bent mods are enclosed in a dual-box housing to the right hand side of the machine and include 19 rotary pots, 3 two-way switches and 1 three-way.
These are as follows:

1. Klik Drum. This allows the bass drum envelope to be pitched so it can be heard as anything from a punchy boom to a pronounced click that really cuts thru your speakers. The extreme click only occurs though only in the last ¼ of the pots travel and so is easily avoided if not required. This is the most simple of all the mods and least versatile. I tend to set it for a suitably deep bass drum and leave it there. This is not where the fun is at, though you could use it to make the most extreme form of glitch-tronica, just watch your speakers.

The snare drum on the other hand is another thing entirely…

2. Snare Tone. Pitches the snare across a wide range.
3. Snare Snap. For those who wished the 606 snare could sound more like an 808, wish no more.
4. Snare Decay. 10 turn pot, side mounted, for further sound shaping possibilities.
5. Snare Filter. Can be adjusted from fully open down to near silence.

6. Tomz Tone.
7. Tomz Tone.

These two above are interactive two-way switches affecting both Toms.

8. Tomz Distortion. Three-way switch. Off at centre, left for minimal distortion or right for maximum.
9. Tomz Distortion Level. So you can dial in control of the above, also dependant on the Tomz Tones.

10. Cymbal Tone.
11. Cymbal Decay.
12. Cymbal Resonance. Row of 4 Hi-Hat Oscillators.

These can make the hi-hats sound very metallic, more sci-fi SFX than traditional hi-hats.

17. Hi-Hat Decay.
18. Hi-Hat Decay.

These two mods are side mounted and interact with each other, though I find the top one has a distinct effect on decay whereas the 2nd one only adds noise dependant on the 1st one.

19. TRX-666 Rotary. This is a 7 position rotary pot which incrementally adds global feedback and distortion from minimum/off to maximum. Some settings produce sustained drone tones and add harmonics and feedback to some drum sounds that makes the machine sound more like a malfunctioning synth than a drum machine, especially the toms.

Can be used for some great sound FX though.

NB. Be aware that at extremes all these mods will add noise to the outputs, at maximum extremes these can produce peaks considerably higher than the regular output level and so I recommend leaving plenty of headroom when playing or recording, probably 12-20dB for a digital system.

Note also that as this is circuit bent some pots can seem to have little effect for half their travel and then produce sudden changes in tone, feedback, output, etc and this is often dependent on other pots and switches. I spent a few days familiarising myself with it and being cautious, so that I knew where the hot spots were. The noise in the circuitry can be kept to a minimum but generally that’s where the fun is at so it pays to learn how to use the pots carefully around these hot spots, ok.

If you want a clean sounding 606 then buy another one please.

The Individual Ouput mods (all now labelled) had already been installed also when I bought it and these are great as they allow for additonal processing of the sounds over 5 outputs on 3.5mm mini-jacks as follows:

1. Bass Drum

2. Snare Drum.

3. Toms.

4. Cymbal.

5. Hi-Hats.

This mod costs £50 fitted. I will include the 5 mini-jack to ¼” jack adaptors I bought for them also.

In addition I bought and installed the following two mods from respected Roland mod company, Analogue Solutions:

MIDI trigger kit.

This allows triggering by MIDI of all the 7 drum sounds of the TRX-666.

MIDI channel is programmable by sending note on message- currently set for Channel 1.

MIDI note assignment is fixed from manufacturer and is as follows:

Bass Drum C3

Snare Drum D3

Lo Tom F3

Hi Tom F#3

Cymbal A#3

Open Hi-Hat C4

Closed Hi-Hat. C#4

Note that this is to trigger the sounds and is not velocity sensitive- I don’t know of any TR-606 that is…

Though accent IS programmed for a pattern step when velocity is greater than 80. Simple enough.

The optional MIDI thru is installed also for those that need it, as is the MIDI to DIN-sync trigger which allows you to use the MIDI start message sent to the TRX-666 to trigger other Roland X0X gear and run it in sync. Very useful.

To use the MIDI trigger it’s a simple flick of a switch to the down position to disable the internal CPU and set the SYNC to INPUT. To use the internal sequencer set SYNC to OUTPUT and MIDI switch to central.

Note that whilst all the pattern LED’s work, they have to be pressed towards the top for them to be activated/deactivated. This is common due to age of these machines and whilst you can buy a replacement set cheap through Ebay, I never bothered because I have far more flexibility triggering by MIDI from either my P3 sequencer or Ableton Live. The 606 onboard sequencer maybe simple enough but you can soon be very limited by it…

NB. In checking the machine recently I have noticed that when I power up with MIDI trigger disabled- i.e. if required to use to internal sequencer, sometimes the machine will not function as it should.

Then if you power down, disconnect the psu and then re-power, it will work as it should. As a result the internal sequencer is temperamental now it seems and I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND buying this machine if you prefer to use the on-board sequencer. Buy a standard TR-606 instead, ok!

The MIDI trigger always functions 100% and I would suggest you only bid to buy this machine if that’s how you are happy to work, as I did.

This mod is a £79 kit or £119 fitted. Paperwork is included.

The Trigger LED mod kit is also installed and shows when each of the seven drum sounds is triggered.

(All are now labeled). Note that whilst there is no LED for accent if accent is programmed the LED will light brighter on that step- very useful also to have this visual aid, as well as looking cool. I used green LED’s instead of the kit ones…

The only problem with this mod is that whilst they all work as they should when using the internal sequencer, when using the MIDI trigger mod above (as I did) the Lo and Hi Tom LED’s do not light up.

I have tried to remedy this but have had no luck and can only think it must be something to do with the extensive circuit bend wiring done to the toms, that for some reason only defeats these two LED’s when using the MIDI trigger. Something I’ve been happy to live with/out…

This mod is a £20 kit or £38 fitted. Paperwork is included.

The original User Manual is included with this machine, which is rather rare and though it does have a number of pages towards the back stained (30-40), these are generally on the pattern diagrams for the advanced course section and ALL print & diagrams are still easily readable under the stain.

In good condition for it’s age and is available free online also.

Included too is the even rarer 4 page preliminary release guide, dated Sept ’81, which opens up as a gatefold titled: TR-606. The new rhythm machine that you program yourself.

This is in excellent condition.

A wall wart style external PSU will be required as mine is now to be used for something else. This can be easily obtained from an electrical store but MUST be 9 Volts. Mine was a Uniross 9V@300mA, as the maximum current draw by the machine is stated as 150mA.

The machine can be run off batteries (4 x C type @ 1.5V) though I have never done so as on the spring side there is a small amount of green residue indicating a small previous leak. However, there is no sign of this anywhere else but on the spring end itself. Absolutely nothing in the battery compartment or the machine itself, ok.

I have been thorough and honest in my description of this machine.

The fitted mods alone would cost you £210 in addition to a standard TR-606.

The circuit bent mods are not exactly priceless but are certainly unique.

It is sold as-is.

See picture gallery.

Video link will follow in next 24 hours.

Thanks for your interest.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.