brandnewnoise DIY (kit)

10-year-old Reagan demonstrates how to put together the do-it-yourself kit version of our signature recording device with loop switch, pitch control & output. We spent about an hour after school having fun building over two small bowls of popcorn and a cup of yogurt with honey.

Tools You Will Need (not included)

  • -hot glue gun and hot glue
  • -small phillips head screwdriver (#1 screws)
  • -flat head screwdriver (#1 set screw on knob)
  • -needlenose pliers & adjustable wrench (helpful, but not neccesary)

Parts List (all included in the kit)

  • -wooden unit
  • -PCB (printed circuit board)
  • -REC - red record button (purple jack)
  • -PLAY - black playback button (yellow jack)
  • -MIC - microphone (black jack)
  • -LOOP - loop switch (green jack) with washer & nut
  • -ONE - potentiometer (white jack) with washer & nut
  • -BAT - battery pack (red jack)
  • -SPK - speaker (blue jack)
  • -EXT - output jack (large white jack)
  • -three silver screws (for back cover)
  • -knob with gold set screw

WARNING: Use caution while building. Glue guns and glue are dangerously hot and sticky! Not for children under 9 years old. Adult supervision strongly encouraged. Small parts. Keep away from small children.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Make sure you follow these instructions IN ORDER. Otherwise, you may not be able to get all the parts where they are supposed to be.

1. Install Playback / Stop Button

Ok, let's get this party started!

  • -- With the wooden unit’s turntable design facing you, thread the yellow jack and wires of black button through the front right “eye” hole.
  • -- Hold the button tight against the face of the unit so it’s right up against the wooden surface.
  • -- While you continue to hold the button in place, turn the unit over so you are looking at the inside.
  • -- Run a bead of glue around the base of the button on the inside of box.
  • -- Rotate button until metal terminals are parallel with the top of the unit (see fig. 1.5 above).
  • -- Place unit face down on the table and allow glue to cool completely. Make sure the button doesn’t pop out!

2. Install Output Jack

Reagan thought this was one of the hardest parts because it was difficult to thread the nut onto the jack, but don’t give up!

  • -- Once glue has cooled on playback button, twist the nut off the output jack (fig. 2.1).
  • -- From the inside of unit, put the round part of the output jack through the hole on the side closest to where you just glued. Be sure the green spikey part of jack is facing away from the metal terminals of the playback button (fig. 2.2).
  • -- With unit on its side (speaker holes and output hole facing up), twist the nut onto the jack with your finger (fig. 2.4).
  • -- It may be helpful to use a flat head screwdriver (or needlenose pliers) to tighten the nut (fig. 2.5).
  • -- Add a tiny dab of glue to the output jack on the inside of the unit to secure it in place.Make sure you get some glue on the wood and some on the jack, not just one or the other.

3. Glue in Speaker

Note: In this step, it is VERY important to think ahead. You want to glue down the speaker tight against the bottom of output jack to ensure you leave enough space for the battery pack that will be installed later.

  • -- Run a bead of glue around the rim of the black speaker holder (fig. 3.2).
  • -- Reagan recommends that you run run the bead of glue around the rim, and then hold the speaker by the blue wires. This way you will be less likely to burn your fingers!
  • -- With the blue jack and wires facing the outside of the unit toward you, glue the rim of the speaker over the 5 small pre-drilled speaker holes (fig. 3.3).

4. Install Loop Switch

  • -- Untwist the washer and nut from switch (fig. 4.1). The switch is the one with the green jack; it will be the “nose.”
  • -- With the inside of the unit facing you, install switch horizontally with the wires to the left (fig.4.4).
  • -- The terminal without a wire attached should be to the right.
  • -- While holding switch firmly in place, turn unit around, with the design facing you.
  • -- Place washer onto switch (fig. 4.3).
  • -- Tighten nut onto switch with your fingers. If you have an adjustable wrench, tighten until you feel resistance.
  • -- Don’t over tighten!
  • -- On the inside of the unit, add a tiny dab of glue to the top of the switch box to secure it into place.

5. Glue in Speaker

  • --Untwist the nut and washer from the potentiometer (pot).
  • -- Looking at the back of the unit, push the pot through the bottom center hole, making sure the terminals and wires are rotated slightlty to the right, roughly 2 o’clock (fig. 5.2).
  • -- Flip over the unit so you are facing the front.
  • -- Place washer over pot shaft then tighten the nut on top of washer. If you have an adjustable wrench, tighten until you feel resistance.
  • -- Add a tiny bit of glue to secure the pot in place.
  • -- MAKE SURE no glue gets onto the round metal part of the pot. If glue gets into the pot, it will not turn.

6. Push in Microphone

Note: Sometimes the hole for the microphone can be a bit tight. I gave Reagan a hand with this part.

  • -- Thread the black jack and wires of the mic through the hole on top of the unit.
  • -- Press mic down until the top of the mic is even with the wood (fig. 6.4).
  • -- Be sure you don’t press it too far down into the hole.

7. Glue in Battery Pack

It’s helpful to do what we call a “dry run” with the battery pack before gluing it in. So BEFORE you glue it down, install the batttery pack as instructed so you can see and feel how it should go in before doing it permanently.

  • -- With the back of unit facing you, the battery pack will be installed with the wires to the right.
  • -- When you install it, the pack should be tight to the left side, leaving a gap between the right side of pack and the right side of unit. Why is this important? Because when you need to change the batteries down the road, you will have room to slide the lid off!
  • -- Once you have a good idea of how it fits in the unit, apply a generous amount of glue to the bottom of the pack.
  • -- Carefully place the pack into the unit, tight to the left.
  • -- Also make sure the pack is not sticking out from the inside of the box at all - otherwise the back door will not close all the way!

8. Installing the PCB (Printed Circuit Board

So let’s plug some stuff in already! First thing’s first: notice how all the jacks on all of your components have a little notch (a “spine” if you will) that fits into the pcb in a specific way. In other words, if you try to plug one in and you feel you’re having to force it, the jack is oriented the wrong way.

  • -- First, plug in the RED jack into the red slot on the pcb.
  • -- Next install the GREEN jack into the green slot on the pcb (makes sense, eh?).
  • -- Then, with the red and green jacks now installed, place the board into the unit as shown, making sure the red and green jacks are in the top corner (fig. 8.5).
  • -- Apply a liberal amount of glue onto the side of the unit while holding up the board (fig. 8.4).
  • -- Press the board down into the glue.
  • -- Make sure the board is tight to the top of the unit and doesn’t hang over the edge so the back will close properly.

9. Install the Red Record Button

  • -- With the front of the unit facing you, slide the purple jack and wires of red record button though the left “eye” hole. We recommend installing the button with the black square base of the button as a diamond.
  • -- Once you have it oriented the way you want, push the button firmly against the front.

10. Plugging Remaining Componenets into PCB

  • -- Make sure you go in order for this step. You will thank me later!
  • -- Start by plugging in the YELLOW jack of the speaker.
  • -- Then, plug in the PURPLE jack from the record button to the pcb.
  • -- Next, plug in the BLACK mic jack into the black jack on the board.
  • --Just when you thought you could predict the next move, better think twice because there are TWO WHITE JACKS! One looks like all the others, and one is larger.
  • -- Find the WHITE jack (the regular size one) which is attached to the potentiometer. Plug into pcb.
  • -- Now, SKIP THE BLUE jack and install the large WHITE jack that is attached to the output first.
  • -- Reagan found it helpful to press these jacks down with a flat head screw driver. She had no problems using her fingers until she got to the larger jack for the output.Sometimes I perfer using needle nose pliers since my hands are larger!
  • -- Finally install the BLUE jack of the speaker into the pcb.

Ready. Set. Record!

  • -- Begin by holding down the red record button and talking into the mic. Hold down while you record for up to 30 seconds. Sometimes you may have to do this once or twice to “warm it up.”
  • -- Press the black playback button. Taa-Daa! You should hear yourself.
  • -- With the switch set to the right you will get single playback.
  • -- Switch the toogle to the left for continuous playback.
  • -- We’re almost finished! Just a few more small steps.

11. Adding Knob

  • -- With the front of the unit facing you, turn the potentiometer shaft all the way to the left (counter clockwise), just until you feel resistance.
  • -- Place the knob onto the shaft with the white indicator line of the knob at “7 o’clock”(fig. 12.2).
  • -- With a flat head screwdriver, tighten the small golden set screw on the side of the knob to secure the knob.

12. Screw on the Back Cover

  • -- With a Phillips head screwdriver, insert one of the silver screws into the hole diagonally located across from the single screw that was already in the unit. This will help the back go on straight (fig. 13.2).
  • -- Tighten by turning screwdriver to the right.
  • -- Now apply the remaining two screws to the unit and tighten.

And Booya! You’ve made your very own Loopy Lou. Now share your creation with us on instagram @brandnewnoise #brandnewnoise

Should you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions on how to improve the DIY experience, don’t hesitate to contact us.