Syncing Music and Fireworks

Design News has published an interesitng on-line article
Gadget Freak Case #128: Syncing Music and Fireworks on how Deane Williams fixed up his PC to synchronize fireworks with music. He used his PC’s parallel printer port to connect the circuit controlling the fireworks. The software was written in Agilent VEE 8.0 but Williams says it could have been written easily in Visual Basic 6 or any similar language that can use ActiveX calls. There is a video available how it work. More details including circuit diagrams is available in Word document format.



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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Firework Shows, The Vintage Atari Way

    In the summer of 1987, the Atari magazine ST-Log caried a piece entitled “Atari Sets Off Fireworks!”, a profile of the use of Atari computers in professional firework displays by Astro Pyrotechnics, a now-defunct California company. Antic podcast host [Kevin Savetz] tracked down the fireworks expert interviewed in 1987, [Robert Veline], and secured not only an interview, but a priceless trove of photographs and software. These he has put online, allowing us a fascinating glimpse into the formative years of computerized pyrotechnics.

    The system uses not one, but two Ataris. An ST has all the display data and scheduling set up in the Zoomracks card file software, this is then exported to an 800XL which does the work of running the display. We’re told the code for the 800XL is loaded on a ROM cartridge for reliability. The 800XL is mounted in an aluminium briefcase with a small CRT monitor and battery, and a custom interface board stuffed with TO220 power transistors to fire the pyrotechnics themselves.

    Atari sets off fireworks! (pictures! source code!)

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Testing for electric match misfire. (bangs and flames)

    Sometimes a firework display can go wrong and only fire a small number of effects in one circuit. Here’s a demonstration of why that can happen. It’s also a chance to blow stuff up at my new bench.
    There are a couple of scenarios for misfiring in this situation. It’s possible that a slow fire with too low a current will result in some fired effects breaking the circuit either by the igniter blowing clear or the wiring being damaged by explosive movement. The other scenario is that a low voltage firing system may not be able to pass enough current through a long cable run or one with high resistance connections, and in that instance not all igniters may reach their trigger current threshold.
    Professional systems tend to use high voltage capacitor discharge to fire all matches by brute force.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Aladdin Lamp Shoots Flames With A Snap Of Your Fingers

    Despite their dangers, even Marie Kondo would not convince us to abandon flamethrower projects because they literally spark joy in us. To make this flame shooting Aladdin lamp [YeleLabs] just used a 3D printer and some basic electronics.

    The lamp body consists of two 3D-printed halves held together by neodymium magnets. They house a 400 kV spark generator, a fuel pump plus tank, and a 18650 Li-ion battery.

    Although they proclaim that the device is a hand sanitizer it is probably safer to stick to using soap. The project still goes on the list of cool flamethrower props right next to the flame shooting Jack-o-Lantern.

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Easy Firework Firing System
    Control up to 32 outputs using the Arduino Mega for custom firework show.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Difference Between High Explosives and Low Explosives

    I didn’t even realise that “low explosives” were a thing; let’s talk about deflagration, detonation, and how high explosives can actually be safer.

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Resistor firework fuse ignition

    A very cheap way to remotely light wireworks.

    Use a quarter watt, 10 ohm, carbon film resistor.
    When 12V is applied across it, the resistor passes about 1A and burns out quickly – igniting the firework fuse.

    This Video will self-destruct in 5 seconds. Good luck, agent Clive!”

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Amazing Firecracker Cake Mass Production Process! Largest Dynamite Firework Factory Inside China

    On this occasion, We Would Like To Take You Into The World Of The Fireworks Industry. Most Of The Work Here Is Done By Hand And With A Great Deal Of Precision. Complex Techniques and Knowledge Of These Hard Workers Include The Field Of Science And Chemistry. Fireworks – Firecrackers Were Invented In China To Celebrate The New Year And It’s China That Is Still The World’s Largest Firework – Firecracker Manufacturer And Exporter. The Gross Domestic Product of Liuyang (the World’s Largest Firework Capital) in 2015 was CN¥111.28 Billion (US$17.87 Billion). Despite The Danger Of Pyrotechnic & Dynamite , Firework Displays Are A Part Of Celebration in Many Cultures Around The World. TruMen Tech Is Wishing You And Yours Health And Prosperity In The New Year 2022 & Even In The Middle of The Year In Many Celebrations To Come.

    Wow what a work for something that’s gone in seconds. Respect

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Review of a fireworks firing system from the recent past

    This fireworks firing system entered the market in United States a few years back. When I was searching through some of my things I though I would bring it back out for a quick review. A quality build system that may have not found its place.
    Do you have this system? Please feel free to comment

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Chinese Firework Firing System (4K Video)

    Chinese Firework Firing System Tear Down

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    *Easy* Firework firing system you can build fast!

    Build a firework controller using the Arduino Mega 2560. This firework controller can individually control 32 outputs for as little as $50.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to program a Bilusocn Firework Firing System

    1200 cue bilusocn firing system review and programming.

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Multi-Function Transmitter For Remote Firing System

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cobra Firing Systems

    I hope this video gives everyone a great idea about the cobra firing system. Below are links to sections of the video for quick reference. Stay tuned for demo, range test, and scripted remote videos!

    0:00 Intro
    0:59 Basics
    2:17 Batteries
    3:47 Powering On
    6:07 Syncing
    7:28 Testing Continuity
    9:14 Channel setup
    10:14 Signal strength
    11:25 Consumer Igniters/Ematch
    12:00 Firing Modes/Arming

    Cobra Firing Systems Pyromusical Setup

    I recently had an amazing opportunity to fly to upstate New York to help out with the setup of a pyromusical! The display was choreographed using Finale Fireworks and ended up using 35 Cobra modules. There was eight of us all together that worked on the display which made the setup go by rather quickly!

    Cobra Pyromusical

    Titanium Salutes with Cobra Show Creator Software.

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cheap Electric Firing System Testing – BILUSOCN Review

    Overall, this Bilusocn electric ignition system for fireworks is a great value for the cheap price. Overall it has performed very well and worth the investment. Even for those of us with bigger systems like a Cobra Firing System, having one of these cheap small units is a must for small shoots, testing and other random things.

    I wanted to test out the limitations of the Bilusocn 12 Que Firing System and see if it could handle multiple talon clips ran in parallel and series.

    Results: Bilusocn can handle up to 4 clips ran in parallel and can not handle clips ran in series at all.

    Fireworks Firing System

    in this video I showed you how to use a fireworks firing system that I got off ebay for $26.38 . if you like it, these are good to have around but I would definitely suggest looking into a higher end system down the road! these are your every day systems that do the job. no pyromusicals, some have all fire and some have sequenced fire its just your simple firing system! again it is only $26.38 so you cant go wrong with it! hope you guys learned and enjoyed the vid!

    $25 Fireworks firing system ( problem solved) + 1st Demo

    $25 12 que Chinese firing system 1st firework demo

    Unboxing Wireless 12CH Fireworks Igniter System + Test + Review

    Bought on E-bay from China for £25.00 – Wireless/remote controlled, 12 channel igniting/firing system. Arrived sooner than expected. I bought it for my other project (modifying WPL URAL B-36 communication military truck into a BM-21 URAL rocket launcher – katyusha). I just decided to make a test and review video on it.

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to use electric firework igniters.

    In this video we show how to use Talon Firework Igniters and MJG Firewire Initiators. For more information on these firework igniters please visit

    Building a fireworks show should be safe and fun.

    Don’t let yours be ruined by poor-quality product and information.

    Like you, we care about building safe, quality shows (and some jealously from our buddies).

    You deserve materials and information you can trust, and we want you to have both.


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