Just finished another small run of Elm Monome cases for the 40h.

If interested hit me up at hallidayandrew @ yahoo dot co dot uk.


P.S. Thanks so much for all the nice things people have been saying about the cases x


Ebay number: 120315126447

I went home this weekend in order to build and mount my recently completed Monome 64 kit in a metal case my dad found at a car boot sale. Ive been very excited about completing the kit for a while but haven’t had a chance to put it in a case / I didnt find a decent case and dont have sufficient tools to do the job.

Dad’s a luthier / cabinet maker and has a workshop and i was well over due a visit so i went home to do the work.

On arrival we realised the case wasn’t going to be sufficient due to… well it was too small basically… so we decided to utilise dad’s proffesion! of course there is a load of wonderful examples of monome cases all over the net that people have made, i guess really, it was just with the intention of having something a bit unique in mounting the kit in a metal box… it seemed like a good idea…

What we have ended up with is acctually preferable… it’s very classy. Below are many pictures showing the process of making the case and photos of the end product…

As soon as we decided to make the case outrselves from wood, dad found a small pile of Chestnut wood that he had had left over from a recent job and we discovered that there was enopugh to make a load of cases! Being the open community that the monome community is, i instantly decided to make a bunch and try to sell them to others users being that some people may well struggle to make a case.

The fact that dad’s a joiner means we’ve ended up with beautifully made, really lush quality / finished cases. The wood is a lovely colour finished…

We have put the bases in, and have made a hole for the usb cable using a special square hole making drill bit… we thought about mountings etc but decided it was best to allow people to decide how they want to do that as maybe some people have different¬†faceplates or something. These cases are made specifically perfectly for the faceplates from XNDR here: http://www.machinecollective.org/groupbuy/monome_faceplates/

I guess many people who make the kits (like me) buy from him so there we go… the faceplates are 177 mm square so that’s the size of the top ‘hole’ on the cases. they are 52mm high. You will need to drill your own holes to mount your faceplate and the monome chip board with the usb plug on it yourself.

there’s not much play / we dont have time to make these to order really… but of course ask if you’d like to any questions, id like to be able to give back any way i can to the community for all help they’ve given me in the building of this, plus just massive props to Brian Crabtree and the whole monome bag for this so amazing fantastic monome beauty we have here in this here crrrazy world!

If your interested in buying one, we’ve thought long and hard about the price and have come to the figure of ¬£25.00 plus postage. We’re happy to post them anywhere and are selling through ebay because then everyone knows its legit and safe, my old dear (mum) has a great ebay score and you’ve got come back if anything goes wrong.

Well – enjoy!


monome site:

Blog about soldering the kit:

Ebay number: 120315126447

so.i got a monome kit. I didnt get offered it i got it from one which was put on em411.com by someone who didnt want it anymore as they had made something else to their own specs.

i had never made anything like this before. I have lots of soldering experience from soldering leads / jacks on guitars etc before, and plus i did an electronics GCSE back in school but i had to work so hard to get that c grade. i never expected to use my electronics skills again. Funny how loads about these projects
was familiar, like the orientation of components and things like that. little things.

Anyway. I am doing a proper detox this weekend also – nothing excepet crackers and green/mint tea! these look like this:

tea good for you

green and mint - tea good for you

I decided to get some kits to make before jumping into doing the monome. im really glad i did this. my first kit selection was a scrolling message display which, looking at the packet should hopefully end up looking like this:

this is what the packet looks like and what it should too!

this is what the packet looks like and what it should too!

so… after about 40 minutes i ended up with this bad boy:

the end product

the end product

And just to prove it works : Light’s down!

I also purchased a ‘secret micr / speaker’ ket for going in the room next door and bugging the room to listen in from the room next door. After my remarkable success with the scrolling thing, and my new found confidence in soldering with my new amazing soldering iron (from maplins:) i decided to crack on with the monome board. I did this after a few more cups of tea and some crackers. hhmm gotta love them crackers.

here’s me soldering iron:

my nice new soldering iron from maplins

my nice new soldering iron from maplins

and for the record, i have been drinking my green/mint tea with honey and lemon in it – thats very good for you.


So i was scared of buggering the monome board up, but i learned couple of little tricks whilst making the display, what was so good about it was it uses LEDs. I havnt acctually got any LEDs yet
for my monome, but anyway… i decided to solder the pcb / firmware chip.

It was getting dark so i re located from the kitchen window into my room. this also allowed me to open up the monome site and follow the tutorial really well. I hung a lamp over my workspace so i could see well… then i lay out my chips and shiznit like this:

monome parts

monome parts

then i soldered it all together.

finished monome firmware chip bit.

finished monome firmware chip bit.

its pretty simple really once you get soldering down. However, im thinking the diodes and the LEDs are going to be a diff story as the diodes are minute… really damn small. And theres obviously lots of them. It was tricky to get the leds on my scroller to line up correctly… so the momome has to be perfect man. itll be ok im sure xx

Im thinking UV LEDs. im gonna go look for some now… will update this when i come round to that part of the process.

love you x