Power your Crickit with a 5V supply into the black power connector (and not the Crickit's silver USB port).

Plug in your Feather M4 to your computer via USB and then turn on the Crickit's power switch. (Make sure you plug into the Feather M4 USB port, not the Crickit USB port!)

The Feather M4's CIRCUITPY drive will show up on your computer. We're going to copy some .wav files onto the CIRCUITPY drive. Download and uncompress this .zip file and then drag the .wav files onto the Feather M4's CIRCUITPY drive.


Here is the code we'll use. Copy it and then paste it into the Mu editor. Save it to your Feather M4 as code.py

# SPDX-FileCopyrightText: 2018 Dave Astels for Adafruit Industries
# SPDX-License-Identifier: MIT

Opto Mechanical Disc Step Sequencer from John Park's Workshop
 Crickit Feather M4 Express, Crickit FeatherWing, continuous servo,
 four reflection sensors, speaker

Adafruit invests time and resources providing this open source code.
Please support Adafruit and open source hardware by purchasing
products from Adafruit!

Written by Dave Astels for Adafruit Industries
Copyright (c) 2018 Adafruit Industries
Licensed under the MIT license.

All text above must be included in any redistribution.

import audioio
import audiocore
import audiomixer
import board
from digitalio import DigitalInOut, Direction
from adafruit_crickit import crickit
from adafruit_debouncer import Debouncer

#  You get 4 samples, they must all have the same sample rate and must
#  all be mono or stereo (no mix-n-match!)
#  mixer info https://circuitpython.readthedocs.io/en/latest/shared-bindings/audiomixer/Mixer.html

VOICES = ["bd_tek.wav", "elec_hi_snare.wav", "ch_01.wav", "clap_01.wav"]
# Parse the first file to figure out what format its in
with open(VOICES[0], "rb") as f:
    wav = audiocore.WaveFile(f)
    print("%d channels, %d bits per sample, %d Hz sample rate " %
          (wav.channel_count, wav.bits_per_sample, wav.sample_rate))

    # Audio playback object - we'll go with either mono or stereo depending on
    # what we see in the first file
    if wav.channel_count == 1:
        audio = audioio.AudioOut(board.A0)
    elif wav.channel_count == 2:
        # audio = audioio.AudioOut(board.A0, right_channel=board.A0)
        audio = audioio.AudioOut(board.A0)
        raise RuntimeError("Must be mono or stereo waves!")
    mixer = audiomixer.Mixer(voice_count=4,

samples = []
# Read the 4 wave files, convert to stereo samples, and store
# (show load status on neopixels and play audio once loaded too!)
for v in VOICES:
    wave_file = open(v, "rb")
    # OK we managed to open the wave OK
    sample = audiocore.WaveFile(wave_file)
    # debug play back on load!
    mixer.play(sample, voice=0)
    while mixer.playing:

led = DigitalInOut(board.D13)
led.direction = Direction.OUTPUT

# For signal control, we'll chat directly with seesaw, use 'ss' to shorten typing!
ss = crickit.seesaw

# define and set up inputs to use the debouncer
def make_criket_signal_debouncer(pin):  # create pin signal objects
    ss.pin_mode(pin, ss.INPUT_PULLUP)
    return Debouncer(lambda : ss.digital_read(pin))

# The IR sensors on are pullups, connect to ground to activate
clock_pin = make_criket_signal_debouncer(crickit.SIGNAL1)
voice_1_pin = make_criket_signal_debouncer(crickit.SIGNAL2)
voice_2_pin = make_criket_signal_debouncer(crickit.SIGNAL3)
voice_3_pin = make_criket_signal_debouncer(crickit.SIGNAL4)
voice_4_pin = make_criket_signal_debouncer(crickit.SIGNAL5)
# Crickit capacitive touch pads
touch_1_pad = Debouncer(lambda: crickit.touch_1.value)
touch_4_pad = Debouncer(lambda: crickit.touch_4.value)
touch_2_3_pad = Debouncer(lambda:  crickit.touch_2.value and crickit.touch_3.value)

crickit.continuous_servo_1.set_pulse_width_range(min_pulse=500, max_pulse=2500)
speed = -0.04  #this is clockwise/forward at a moderate tempo

def play_voice(vo):
    mixer.play(samples[vo], voice=vo, loop=False)

while True:
    clock_pin.update()  #debouncer at work

    crickit.continuous_servo_1.throttle = speed  # spin the disc at speed defined by touch pads

    if clock_pin.fell:  # sensor noticed change from white (reflection) to black (no reflection)
                        # this means a clock tick has begun, time to check if any steps will play
        led.value = 0

        if voice_1_pin.value:  # a black step (no reflection) mark during clock tick, play a sound!
            led.value = 1  # light up LED when step is read
            # print('|   .kick.    |             |                  |            |')

        if voice_2_pin.value:
            led.value = 1
            # print('|             |   .snare.   |                  |            |')

        if voice_3_pin.value:
            led.value = 1
            # print('|             |             |   .closed hat.   |            |')

        if voice_4_pin.value:
            led.value = 1
            # print('|             |             |                  |   .clap.   |')

    if touch_4_pad.rose:  # speed it up
        speed -= 0.001
        # print("speed: %s" % speed)

    if touch_1_pad.rose:  #  slow it down
        speed += 0.001
        # you can comment out the next two lines if you want to go backwards
        # however, the clock ticks may not register with the default template spacing
        if speed >= 0: # to prevent backwards
            speed = 0
        # print("speed: %s" % speed)

    if touch_2_3_pad.rose:  # stop the disc
        speed = 0
        # print("speed: %s" % speed)

The board will start up and play the four samples and then begin turning the servo motor!

Tune the Servo

Go ahead and plug in the power adapter and turn on the Crickit. The sounds will each play one time and then the servo will start to spin. In order to calibrate the servo, press the Crickit's touch pads 2 & 3 at the same time. If the servo stopped spinning, great! More likely, it is still spinning, perhaps even faster than before.

Use a small Phillips screwdriver to turn the adjustment potentiometer that is accessible through a small hole in the servo housing until the servo stops spinning. Now, it is calibrated.

You can get the servo moving forward again by tapping the Crickit's touch pad 4 a few times.

Go ahead and turn off the Crickit's power switch while we set it all up!

This guide was first published on Jan 09, 2019. It was last updated on May 18, 2024.

This page (Disc Step Sequencer Audio and Code) was last updated on May 17, 2024.

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