Author Topic: Which Arduino board for a noob?  (Read 6147 times)

therecordingart

Which Arduino board for a noob?
« on: February 06, 2012, 04:21:03 PM »
Hello all...

With my school work we've started in to digital labs and exploring counters and what not. Over the next few weeks we'll be getting in to PROMs, and as we go further in to the rabbit hole I'd like to start applying some of this to my audio hobbies.

With all of that said...where do I start with Arduino? There are a few different board options out there, but I'm not sure which way I should go. Any thoughts on the subject would be greatly appreciated.

The Tone God

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2012, 01:25:25 AM »
Most people start with the Uno board I believe. Its sort of the core board where you can add external specialized boards "shields" and you can change over to other boards later if you need more processor.

Andrew

derevaun

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2012, 01:34:59 AM »
The standard, shield-compatible boards like Uno or Deumilanove are probably the best bet--they provide some power and work nicely parked next to a breadboard. If you get the kind with a through-hole uC chip (this is standard) you can move the programmed chip to a circuit that uses it (with the power and crystal to replace what the board contains) and just get another chip for the Arduino board.

alparent

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2012, 08:02:47 AM »
I have the Uno with the through-hole uC chip. Love it. Very convenient. Great support.
I get my uC cheap and burn the bootloader on them myself (all using the Uno board)

But to be honest, you are buying convenience. Because after playing with it for a week. I realised I could have built an Arduino on a breadboard for about 5$. (Get your first uC with a bootloader on it and the rest is so easy.)

But I do appreciate the convenience of having everything on that little board.

So......I don't know how much of a DIY person you are ...or how (if your like me) cheap you are?

The board is great ..........but you can have the same equivalent thing for 5$.........your call!

DavenPaget

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2012, 02:39:27 PM »
I have the Uno with the through-hole uC chip. Love it. Very convenient. Great support.
I get my uC cheap and burn the bootloader on them myself (all using the Uno board)

But to be honest, you are buying convenience. Because after playing with it for a week. I realised I could have built an Arduino on a breadboard for about 5$. (Get your first uC with a bootloader on it and the rest is so easy.)

But I do appreciate the convenience of having everything on that little board.

So......I don't know how much of a DIY person you are ...or how (if your like me) cheap you are?

The board is great ..........but you can have the same equivalent thing for 5$.........your call!
Give me a link , bro !  :icon_mrgreen:
Hiatus

g_u_e_s_t

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2012, 08:36:03 PM »
i prefer the duemilanove because of the ftdi chip
but you probably cant get them anymore anyways
and its not much of a difference

there are a lot of arduino alternatives out there as well
like the wiring board and all the 32bit alternatives
so 2 thing to consider are:
1. how well is the development software supported
2. how many different shields are there that fit your platform

i think the uno does really well in both camps
so is probably a good way to ge started
and if you want to do more than the uno lets you
then updgrading to a 32bit version later will be easier

DavenPaget

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2012, 02:57:11 AM »
i prefer the duemilanove because of the ftdi chip
but you probably cant get them anymore anyways
and its not much of a difference

there are a lot of arduino alternatives out there as well
like the wiring board and all the 32bit alternatives
so 2 thing to consider are:
1. how well is the development software supported
2. how many different shields are there that fit your platform

i think the uno does really well in both camps
so is probably a good way to ge started
and if you want to do more than the uno lets you
then updgrading to a 32bit version later will be easier
O_O what's the difference between using a lesser Atmega chip to do the USB-RS232 now instead of a FTDI ?
Hiatus

The Tone God

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2012, 03:01:46 AM »
I thought the newer versions are using a AVR setup to replace the FTDI ?

Andrew

DavenPaget

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2012, 09:53:17 AM »
I thought the newer versions are using a AVR setup to replace the FTDI ?

Andrew
Yep . Maybe he thinks that FTDI is better . Of course not .
Hiatus

g_u_e_s_t

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2012, 10:52:41 AM »
ive had less driver issues with the ftdi

and when i prototype up my own boards
i can just use an ftdi cable and everything else works the same

therecordingart

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2012, 09:29:04 PM »
I just got an Arduino Uno for my birthday and did the initial LED blink thing....now what?  :icon_lol:

Your favorite projects?

cloudscapes

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2012, 10:41:43 PM »
I just got an Arduino Uno for my birthday and did the initial LED blink thing....now what?  :icon_lol:

Your favorite projects?

making an LFO is a nice starter project. ;) simple triangle wave or something. teaches you to do loops, counts, whiles, the adc for pot controlled speed, throw in a condition or two...
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Earthscum

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2012, 12:25:26 PM »
But to be honest, you are buying convenience. Because after playing with it for a week. I realised I could have built an Arduino on a breadboard for about 5$. (Get your first uC with a bootloader on it and the rest is so easy.)

.....
The board is great ..........but you can have the same equivalent thing for 5$.........your call!

Lol... I read this last night, and this morning in my email was the new Instructables, and in it was this: How to make your own Arduino board
Give a man Fuzz, and he'll jam for a day... teach a man how to make a Fuzz and he'll never jam again!

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Ice-9

Re: Which Arduino board for a noob?
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2012, 11:53:39 AM »
Thanks for that link earthscum , i think i might have to make up an Ardunio now.

@cloudscape, Ha fantastic I just scanned your qr code and straight to your web page. Brilliant
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It's fairly straight forward, if you want to start it , press start. You can work out the rest of the controls for yourself !