This article describes a very basic but highly effective way to make a sound activated synchronizer that will allow you to make pictures of bursting balloons, shattering light bulbs, etc. All you need is an old (or new!) cassette tape recorder, an $.75 SCR and a sync cord with a PC socket.
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Davidhazy, Andrew, "Simple sound synchronizers for amateur high speed photography" (1999). Accessed from
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