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10/31/2012

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Case #91: Dick worked the graveyard shift:
When the local church needed storm effects for a skit, sound man Dick Neubert found the thunder on the Internet and added 'lightning' with a photoflash strobe. He used an uncommitted output from the mixing board to trigger the strobe with the sound signal via a simple interface. The strobe places 300V across SCR1, which discharges this into the trigger coil to fire the tube. In all, this common strobe design will deliver some very uncommon effects for your next Halloween spookfest.
Case #91: Dick worked the graveyard shift: When the local church needed storm effects for a skit, sound man Dick Neubert found the thunder on the Internet and added "lightning" with a photoflash strobe. He used an uncommitted output from the mixing board to trigger the strobe with the sound signal via a simple interface. The strobe places 300V across SCR1, which discharges this into the trigger coil to fire the tube. In all, this common strobe design will deliver some very uncommon effects for your next Halloween spookfest.

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Cadman-LT
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Re: Storm effect
Cadman-LT   11/5/2012 2:03:47 PM
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If you can't tell, that's what's in my profile picture. Lightning.

Cadman-LT
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Storm effect
Cadman-LT   11/5/2012 2:01:26 PM
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My favorite is the storm effect, I just like lightning.

Charles Murray
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Soundtrack
Charles Murray   11/1/2012 7:03:05 PM
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I like the doorbell-activated soundtrack. I've always wanted my doorbell to play the theme music from the movie, Halloween.

Nugent_56
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Spirit Radio?
Nugent_56   11/1/2012 9:12:32 AM
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You forgot the "Spooky Radio" gadget!

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Nice collection of spooky stuff
Rob Spiegel   11/1/2012 3:16:06 AM
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I always liked the pumpkin cutter, too, Beth. It's way over the top, and the picture of Rick is plenty scary. And who would have thought of creating a pumpkin cutter with water and CDs?

notarboca
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Re: Nice collection of spooky stuff
notarboca   10/31/2012 11:43:26 PM
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I love stuff like this-- maybe before next year I'll learn enough about pneumatics and latex molding to build my own animatronic creature.  Just think, they pay Disney Imagineers to do this all day!

jmiller
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Re: Nice collection of spooky stuff
jmiller   10/31/2012 10:07:05 PM
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Buddy of mine used a fake coffin with a drill inside to create some racket and freak out the little kids.  Cool idea.  Love to see some cool tech to cause some scares.

Tim
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Re: Spooky doorbell has my vote
Tim   10/31/2012 8:15:12 PM
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Kids are definitely not suspecting a rigged doorbell. Pretty cool use of electronics.

Nancy Golden
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Spooky doorbell has my vote
Nancy Golden   10/31/2012 12:37:14 PM
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I would love to have a seat watching the reaction of unsuspecting trick or treaters - especially on a foggy Halloween night. The strobe light was a great addition and the bat flying out the door made me jump just watching the video!

Beth Stackpole
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Nice collection of spooky stuff
Beth Stackpole   10/31/2012 8:28:57 AM
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I personally have to go for the pumpkin cutter gadget. Could be a bit overkill in terms of finessing any good design, but definitely is in keeping with the spooky Halloween spirit.

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