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Maschine Tear Down Update

April 14th, 2011 2 comments

By special request here are some close up pictures of the main IC’s on the Maschine.  The request comes from a hacking workshop that will be taking place in Berlin next month.  Here is a link for more information on the workshop.

Check out the datasheet for the Lattice here.

Check out the datasheet for the Cypress IC here.


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Ever wonder what’s inside a Native Instruments Maschine Controller?

December 22nd, 2010 11 comments

Here at Illuminated Sounds we love things with 16 pads and we love to take things apart. Now personally I’m a fan of Akai MPC’s, but when one my friends got a Maschine I knew it was only a matter of time before I could get him to open it up.



the big pads remind me of the fat pads for the mpc2000xl









Ensoniq ASR-X Teardown/Repair

November 10th, 2010 10 comments

Here are some pictures of me opening and replacing the save button in an Ensoniq ASR-X.  This is one of my favorite samplers to work on do to its design.  The ASR-X also came loaded with some pretty classic sounds, which I’ll post once the samples are all edited.  Here is the demo song that comes loaded on the ASR-X.

ASR-X missing save button


ASR with face plate removed


Up Close


Face plate removed


Backside of Faceplate


Face panel PCB missing the save button


Face panel PCB with save button


Ensoniq ASR-X with save button replaced



Akai APC40 Tear Down

December 14th, 2009 5 comments

What do you do when you get something new?  Here is another tear down for all you APC40 users.  Click the images to get a closer look.


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Novation Launchpad Tear Down

November 21st, 2009 24 comments

For those of you that are curious like myself, here are some images of me disassembling the Novation Launchpad.   I hope this inspires some of you to do some cool modifications to the controller, and make sure to send us some images of your modified launchpad.  Click on the pictures to zoom in.

1. The launchpad

Launchpad unopen

2.  The launchpad flipped over.  There are only 9 screws, taking this thing apart is a piece of cake.

Launchpad from back

3.  The launchpad without the face plate.

Launchpad without face plate

4.  The Launchpad viewed from the top without button pads.

Launchpad open top view

5. The launchpad opened and viewed from the back.

Launchpad open from back

6.  Here is a close up of the mcu’s and the programing header on the board.  The bigger chip is a STMicroelectronics 72f63bk2m1, here is a link to it’s data sheet.  The smaller of the two chips is the NXP 74hc164d, and here is a link to it’s data sheet.

close up of mcu