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Oskitone Scout Assembly Guide

Scout

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What You'll Be Making#

scout (/skout/):

  1. One sent to obtain information
  2. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, of Atticus Finch
  3. The first synth from Oskitone to venture into the big ol' world of microcontrollers

The Scout is:

  • Beginner-friendly: All components are through-hole (instead of surface mount) for easier soldering, and full assembly takes about 45min. Standalone, battery-powered, doesn't need a computer or external speakers to work. Fun!
  • 3D-Printable: Besides the electronics and nuts and bolts, all parts are 3D-printed. And with a total width of ~160mm (about 6.3"), the Scout can fit on smaller, "Mini" (18x18x18cm) size print beds.
  • Hackable: Arduino-compatible and fully open source! Hook up an FTDI Serial TTL-232 cable (sold separately) to update its code using the Arduino IDE.
  • Minimally featured: 1.5 octaves of keys, a volume knob, on/off switch, speaker, headphone jack. Monophonic square wave with fixed glide and octave.

In addition to it being the first microcontroller-controlled instrument from Oskitone, the Scout would also make a fine introductory DIY instrument for the budding electronics hobbyist. (Some experience soldering and a general familiarity with how electricity works are recommended though!)

As such, it is intentionally minimal, with the goal of the shortest possible time from starting the kit to making music with it. No MIDI/CV or other IO, as is. If you're looking for a full-featured studio instrument, this ain't it, bub! :)

More information about the Scout, its development, and history: https://blog.tommy.sh/posts/scout/

Disclaimers#

You've been warned!

warning

Not a toy. Choking hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

About this guide#

To save cost, trees, and frustration from outdated information, printed instructions are not included by default with Scout kits. This online guide will always be up to date and be the best source of information for how to assembly your new Scout.

Thank you for understanding!