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Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« on: Jul 15, 2014, 11:28 AM »
For those not trying to sound like Boba/Jango but just want some kind of voice/sound manipulation ... has anyone ever put together the Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer kit and tried it out? (or even better piped it through an Aker MR1506 amp?)

http://www.amazon.com/Velleman-MK171-Voice-Changer/dp/B004XZQ6RE

If so, how did it sound? I found a vid on YouTube but it's in Spanish, but it seems the pitch modulation might be able to get a nice synthesized sound if one drops his/her voice a level or two (the vibrato and "robot" feature looks useless for what we do).

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #1 on: Jul 15, 2014, 11:37 PM »
I just found that same product (http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/mk-171/voice-changer-kit/1.html) and had many of the same questions. Also, I'm really hesitant, since I've never had much luck with soldering.

Anyone familiar enough with electronics to look at the board and explain what-all is on it? I don't see audio output or a mic.

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #2 on: Jul 16, 2014, 02:57 AM »
output is the 2 metal stalks on the upper right corner of the board :) if you look at the amazon listing, you can make out the word 'speaker' upside down just beneath them :)

Don't have any experience with this board, but I can say velleman kits are very easy to put together, it's the electronic version of colour-by-numbers.If you follow the instructions, you just put on element #1 on spot #1, starting with the lowest, building up ( for ease of holding etc ).I'd suggest getting one of their smaller boards first to try and get a feel of soldering and the way they explain things.It isn't that hard if you are a little handy :)

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #3 on: Jul 16, 2014, 11:19 AM »
Just so happens I was looking at this very kit early this weekend. Not sure what I would get for a decent speaker, any recommendations? I'm a complete noob when it comes to stuff like this so it's going to be a first for me haha!

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With some more digging around on Amazon I stumbled upon these Motorbike Speakers. All I'd have to do is strip off the 3.5 jack, my only concern would be the amplification ability of those speakers.

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #4 on: Jul 18, 2014, 09:52 PM »
output is the 2 metal stalks on the upper right corner of the board :) if you look at the amazon listing, you can make out the word 'speaker' upside down just beneath them

Could a 3.5mm audio jack be soldered in place of the on-board mic? I'd rather have a boom mic and the board somewhere else in the helmet.

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #5 on: Jul 18, 2014, 10:00 PM »
Bought the kit, built it today. Super upset with how cheap the board is, the copper elements were literally flaking off. I've contacted support and they said their going to send me another unit. As of right now I'm skeptical. But I will say the kit is easy to put together.


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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #6 on: Jul 18, 2014, 10:18 PM »
Let us know if your bad version was a one-off or if the replacement is also bad, please.

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #7 on: Jul 18, 2014, 10:20 PM »
Let us know if your bad version was a one-off or if the replacement is also bad, please.

Absolutely! Keep an eye posted. Hopefully I'll have it by Tuesday if it's shipped Monday and I'll be off work Tuesday so I'll build it then and post up my findings! :D

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #8 on: Jul 19, 2014, 12:40 AM »
I find my voice amp provides enough modulation on its own.

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #9 on: Jul 19, 2014, 01:26 AM »
I find my voice amp provides enough modulation on its own.

Which brand do you use? All the ones on Amazon that are less than $50 have a lot of bad reviews.

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #10 on: Jul 19, 2014, 01:57 AM »
When soldering, please remember to keep heat at the minimum required.If the copper flakes off, it's likely you heated it for too long.

Propper soldering goes like this;

- precoat the element's attachment in soldering tin (no globulets of tin, a small coating is enough)
- precoat the attachment point on the board in solder (same here), keep heat and time to a minimum.
- heat the attachment point and slip the element in.
- done :)

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #11 on: Jul 19, 2014, 02:00 AM »
When soldering, please remember to keep heat at the minimum required.If the copper flakes off, it's likely you heated it for too long.

Propper soldering goes like this;

- precoat the element's attachment in soldering tin (no globulets of tin, a small coating is enough)
- precoat the attachment point on the board in solder (same here), keep heat and time to a minimum.
- heat the attachment point and slip the element in.
- done :)

Thanks for the guide haha. But maybe I wasn't clear with my describing what happened. The copper was flaking off before any heat or solder was applied to the board.

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #12 on: Jul 19, 2014, 04:56 AM »
Oh,my bad.Sorry Vod :) yeah, that's a bad batch, not your soldering skills ;)

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #13 on: Jul 19, 2014, 08:16 AM »
Which brand do you use? All the ones on Amazon that are less than $50 have a lot of bad reviews.

I use an Aker with the standard aker headset.

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Re: Velleman Mk-171 Voice Changer Kit
« Reply #14 on: Jul 23, 2014, 10:04 PM »
I use an Aker with the standard aker headset.

Yup .... Aker MR 1505 - icomm - standard Headset ...  ;)
 Plenty Plenty loud .... Actually I don't think I've ever
run it above half way .... and it's behind my Chest plates ...   :rolleyes:

I've had a ton of Cheapish ones and they all are Dreadful ...  I would have
 saved money Buying the Aker First ... live and learn ... Don't make the Same mistake
Buy only Trusted Comms .... or Don't Bother ... Just sayin ..

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