I've made a Digital Light Organ Enchantment for my Perpetuum-Ebner turntable last week.

To add a little cyberpunk touch to it, I'm creating a servo lift that will pop out the light effects when there is music.

I've titled it an autonomous lift because the logic is contained within a limited set of code.

You tell it to be up or down, and it will take care to achieve that state and stay there until told differently.

The servo is a small 180° common motor, not the 360° continuous servo.

Servo Lift Code


The lift logic is contained in a few methods. You only have to remember to call servoInit() in your setup() code, and call servoGo() at regular times (I've put it in the loop().

You tell the servo what state it should be in by setting the boolean variable servoUp to false (down) or true (up).

The servo will work by itself to fulfill your demand.


There are a few parameters you can tweak:


SERVO_BASE: the down position of the lift.

SERVO_TOP: the up position

SERVO_DELAY: milliseconds between steps to move up or down. Affects the rise and fall time of the light organ in my player.


#include <Servo.h>

Servo servo;

#define SERVO_PIN 9
#define SERVO_DELAY 25
#define SERVO_BASE 90
#define SERVO_TOP (SERVO_BASE - 61)

int servoPos = SERVO_BASE;
bool servoUp = false;

void servoInit() {
    servoUp = false;
    servoPos = SERVO_BASE;

void servoGoUp() {
   if (servoPos > SERVO_BASE) {
    if (servoPos > SERVO_TOP) {

void servoGoDown() {
   if (servoPos > SERVO_BASE) {
    if (servoPos < SERVO_BASE) {

void servoGo() {
  if (servoUp) {
  } else {


Test Bed Code


The sketch to exercise the lift is simple.

It waits for you to enter a command in the Arduino IDE Serial Monitor.

If you enter '1', the lift will go up slowly and stay there. If you enter '0' it will go down.


void setup()
  Serial.println("Menu: Up: 1, Down: 0");

void loop()
  while (Serial.available() > 0) {
    servoUp = (Serial.parseInt() > 0);


The lift is supposed to go into the cable storage area of the Perpetuum-Ebner Musical 1.

Photo 06-04-15 10 11 21.jpg



Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Fix the turntable
1: Perpetuum Ebner Musical 1
2: A Time to Kill and a Time to Heal
3: Preparation for Motor Drive
4: Motor control with Infineon Motor Shield and Arduino UNO
5: Turntable speed sample testbed with Arduino UNO
6: Turntable Speed Sensor design
7: Control Theory - End of Chapter 1
Chapter 2: First Enchantments
8: Digital Light Organ Enchantment
9: Autonomous Servo Lift
10: SMD Time - Solder the IR Speed Sensor PCB
11: Yelp - who can Help me to Compile and Run my First SAMA5D4 C Program
12: Son et Lumiere - End of Chapter 2
Chapter 3: Taming the Board
13: Breakthrough - Run my own C++ Program on the SAMA5D4
14: Digital Light Organ Input Buffer
15: SAMA5D4 Blinky
16: Scope Creep
17: Audio Sampling with 16-bit ADC ADS8343
18: Sending Files to SAMA5D4 over USB
19: Port my Light Organ from Arduino to SAMA5D4
20: Fast Fourier Transform on the SAMA5D4 - End of Chapter 3
Epilogue: Reaching for the Clouds
21: Right-Sizing my Plans
22: My Own C++ Buffered Sampler on the SAMA5D4
23: Building In the Motorized Light Organ
24: Up to the Clouds with Yún
25: Publish or Perish
26: Turntable Finished
Stretch & Boni
Bonus 1a: Remote Light Organ with WiFI pt. 1
Bonus 1b: Remote Light Organ with WiFI pt. 2
Grande Finale: Paho MQTT Client on the SAMA5D4
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