Note: this post is from 2008, outbound links may be broken.

Short links for August 28th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 28th, 2008:

Aurora DJ mixer by Peter Kirn

# Hands-on with Aurora, Open Source DJ Control Surface, Shipping Now

Peter Kirn takes the Aurora for a spin:

The Aurora is called a DJ “mixer,” but it’s really a control surface. It connects via a USB jack for power and to transmit serial-over-USB data, then uses free software to translate that data to MIDI messages for use with software like Ableton Live. The project is the work of a three person team, with Matt Aldrich designing electronics, Mike Garbus designing firmware, and Maro Sciacchitano working on the form factor and look and feel. They have an impressive background in making stuff. I got to hang out with Matt in Boston, where he’s joined MIT’s Media Lab Responsive Environments group, so I expect more good projects out of him soon. Matt and I talked frankly over coffee and pastries about the strong suits, weak spots, and future of the device and other projects.

# PaperGuitar.com – Lots of papercraft guitar models.

# MAKE: Blog: Review – Gakken analog synth kit – Collin Cunningham: The SX-150 kit is very easy to use and some modding ideas are bound to come to mind should you get your hands on one. At the very least, you can choose from a number of included decorative decals – and at the more advanced end, schematic and code for using MIDI input has already been posted. I'm sure more sweet DIY add-ons are in the works – very awesome.

Electronic Attack in the Mix

# Electronic Attack in the Mix August 2008

A number of musicians from the Electronic Attack forum (German) have contributed tracks to a Mix, which has been released in August 2008.

It is available for free download and includes a nonstop DJ Mix as well as the single tracks.
Tracklist:
01 - DirtyBreaksEnsemble - Tacky's Beach ~ 0:14
02 - LandSchall - Spirania ~ 3:12
03 - Nice - Funky Mull ~ 7:39
04 - Motone - Tequila Sunstroke ~ 10:24
05 - Yosh - Warmull ~ 17:01
06 - The MM Project feat. Mulli - I Will Rule The World ~ 19:43
07 - NukeArts - Bondo ~ 22:27
08 - Planet Ugh - Bodywave ~ 25:43
09 - Audiohead - Circle Jerk ~ 29:15
10 - Verstaerker - Acidmull ~ 32:10
11 - Audiohead - Circle Jerk (ReWork) ~ 37:54
12 - Le Gourmet - Ugly Mouth Jerk Face ~ 40:56
13 - Motone - D3pth ~ 44:24
14 - hello.jpg - Naked Mole Step ~ 49:12

# Theremin to MIDI Control program in Pd

Charles Martin writes:

Over the weekend I wrote a simple program in Pd that analyses an audio input and then uses pitch and amplitude information to output a midi control value.

# OpenStomp(TM) Coyote-1 – The world’s first open source guitar pedal – Available now from the OpenStomp shop (US and Canada only at the moment). Price : $349 USD.

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