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Redstone tutorial part 1: Signal sources

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Welcome to my improved tutorial series :D

A while back I made a tutorial but I wasn't happy with that one any more so I've decided to create a new part one. In this part we will only look at one very important basic aspect of Redstone and that's signal sources. If you want to learn Redstone then this is a good place to start. Every Redstone contraption needs at least one of these blocks to get a signal going.

In this tutorial I will show you a couple of Redstone signal sources and talk a little about it. For some of these blocks there is a little more going on than just signal sources, but you can ignore that for now since I will talk about that in the next tutorial which is signal transmission. I will do my best to keep this tutorial series as easy to understand as possible. If you want to, you can open up the spoiler to see all the Redstone signal sources I will briefly talk about in this tutorial. At the end of this tutorial I will include a mini-challenge to practice basic redstone :D

Show a couple of Redstone signal sources

Redstone tutorial part 1: Signal sources

Redstone torch and Redstone block

Redstone tutorial part 1: Signal sources

The Redstone torch and Redstone block are almost the same. If you put them down somewhere the always emit a Redstone signal. There is one difference between the two signal sources but you can ignore that for now. These two signal sources are great if you want to light up your favorite Minecraft build permanently using a Redstone lamp. A good thing to know about the Redstone block is that you can put it on every side of another block. This is different for the Redstone torch, you can place it like a normal torch, on every side of another block except the bottom side. That's all about these two Redstone signal sources :D easy right?

Levers and buttons

Redstone tutorial part 1: Signal sources

Levers and buttons are also Redstone signal sources just like the Redstone block and Redstone torch, except when you place them they will not emit a signal right away. With the lever you can turn on a Redstone signal and you can turn it off again whenever you want! An interesting fact about the lever: when the lever is in the up position it does not emit a signal, but when the lever is in the 'down' position it does emit a signal. This may seem very unimportant but this becomes important when you design your Redstone devices.

Buttons work the same way, except when you press them the signal will not stay on all the time! There are two types of buttons, the stone button and the wooden button. There are interesting differences between the two buttons! When you press the stone button the signal will be there for about two seconds. This is different for the wooden button. When you press it the signal will be there for about three seconds. Use the wooden button with iron doors! This way you have slightly more time to enter your house in Minecraft :D

Last cool thing I can tell you about is that you can use the bow and arrow to activate the wooden button! This doesn't work with the stone button, because obviously the arrow would bounce right of :P And there's your first cool Redstone build too! Using what you've learned here, try to build a bow and arrow range with a button. For some inspiration open up the spoiler below :D

Bow and arrow activates wooden button?

Pressure plates!

Pressure plates work like buttons except you have (or a mob has) to stand on it before the pressure plate gives a Redstone signal. This works for all the pressure plates! There are a few things that are very handy to know. The stone pressure plate only activates when a player or a mob stands on it. This can be any mob, friendly or hostile. The wooden pressure plate does the same thing, but it's added bonus is it also activates when you drop an item on it :D.

The iron and golden pressure plate are the special pressure plates, and are also very cool! They are designed with items in mind. What makes the iron pressure plate special is that it gives a signal strength based on the amount of items that are on it. For a strong signal strength you need a lot of items (really, very much items). The gold pressure plate works the same but you need less items for a strong signal. I'll explain signal strength more in the next tutorial. It's OK if you forget about signal strength for now :D don't worry.

Oh and, you can also use the bow and arrow to activate the pressure plates! Except for the stone one, because they also bounce right off it! Open op the spoiler below :D

Arrow activated pressure plates!

Daylight sensor and Tripwire hooks

You can see these items as Redstone signal sources too in a way. The daylight sensor is very easy to understand. The daylight sensor gives a signal when it's day. It also can be set to night mode by right clicking it, then it gives a signal when it's night. Pretty cool Redstone block to automatically light up your house :D

The tripwire hooks work the same as pressureplates. It activates when a player or mob stands on it, or walks over it. And it also activates when you drop an item on it. I had to test this to make sure, but yes it also works if you shoot an arrow on the tripwire :D Heh i would have never known if I wasn't writing a tutorial series! Even I'm still learning from my own tutorial :D You could use a tripwire to set off traps, obviously because you can't easily see a tripwire as opposed to a pressure plate!

A mini challenge!

I already let it shine through, but with what you've learned in this tutorial you could build a cool target range to practice your bow and arrow skills. So here's a mini-challenge you can participate in. Build a cool target range on our Redstone server. Make it is pretty or as cool as you'd like and use any of the items you see throughout the images in this tutorial. This includes Redstone lamps, but also any decoration block there is! Make something that lights turn on when you've hit your target from a distance.

When you're done building your target range, post it as a submission to this website and include a few screenshots. The coolest and / or prettyest target range will be featured on my personal profile page, as a wall post, and on our upcoming website!

Interact with this tutorial

I've made the screenshots for this tutorial on our server. Want to test out what's in this tutorial be sure to visit our Redstone server! I've enabled interaction on my plot. My plot is very easy to find. It's the plot that looks like a giant white square hole in the ground :P.

Thank you for reading this tutorial, if you have any questions or suggestions leave them in the comments. I've been very busy with this tutorial series so diamonds make me very happy :D <3

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01/28/2019 6:20 am
Level 30 : Artisan Archer
Kwanatla avatar
Nice, I have been using medium complexity redstone contraptions for a while, bit I still found one thing in this tutorial I didn't know! (Namely: functions of the weighted pressure plates) Keep this going!
PS: Maybe I'll construct the mini challenge on your server...
01/22/2019 8:56 pm
Level 11 : Journeyman Mage
XENX-SMP avatar
Good tutorial!
01/23/2019 2:28 am
Level 27 : Expert Robot
Phrozen avatar
Thank you ^_^
01/23/2019 9:18 am
Level 11 : Journeyman Mage
XENX-SMP avatar
01/19/2019 10:59 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Creeper Hugger
AgentShieldjj avatar
Cool Tutorial!!
01/23/2019 2:29 am
Level 27 : Expert Robot
Phrozen avatar
Thanks! ^.^
01/15/2019 4:08 pm
Level 46 : Master Skinner
A1yssa avatar
This should be a very useful tutorial for me! ^_^ I know very little about redstone. xd
01/15/2019 4:24 pm
Level 27 : Expert Robot
Phrozen avatar
Try the mini-challenge :D you'd be surprised how easy it is ^.^ ty for the diamond! <3
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