Stack Alert

If you want to stack a shield on top of the Music Maker, you'll want to pick up some stacking headers and use those instead of the plain header shown here!
Wanna stack? This tutorial shows how to use the plain header to connect to an Arduino. If you want to use stacking headers, don't follow these steps!

Attaching Headers (All Arduinos)

Begin by breaking the 36-pin male header into four pieces: one 10-pin, two 8-pin and one 6-pin. Stick the header into the Arduino sockets with the long pins down.

Also place the 2x3 female socket header into the ICSP header on the right of the board
Place the shield on top so that all the little pins stick out through the matching holes in the shield. It should match up perfectly!
Solder in all the header
Don't forget the 6-pin socket!

ICSP Jumpers (Leonardo & Mega)

If you have a Leonardo or Mega, you'll need to close the three solder jumpers next to the ISP header. This configures the shield to use the ISP header for SPI communication. Its easy! Simply melt some solder to close the three jumpers.
You can also cut the mini wire between the other three jumpers to 'release' the digital #11, 12 and 13 pins from being tied to the SPI pins. You can do this after you've gotten things working.

If you have the Amplified version....

Place the two blue terminal blocks in the slots next to the headphone jack
Flip the board over, you can even have it on a table or use scotch tape to keep the terminal blocks in place
Solder the four pins with plenty of solder
To keep the rightmost speaker pin from bumping into the DC jack you may need to clip it with diagonal cutters

This guide was first published on May 16, 2014. It was last updated on Jul 12, 2024.

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