Some interesting things I found on June 24th, 2008:
# OpenStomp(TM) Coyote-1 open source audio effects processor built for guitar players – With the Coyote-1 users can develop custom audio effects in software (like distortion, echo, chorus etc.), mix multiple effects to build "patches", and exchange those effects and patches with the OpenStompTM community.
A companion Windows application (OpenStompTM Workbench) allows users to combine effects into patches graphically, and to move patches and effects between the Coyote-1 device and their PC’s disk.
The Coyote-1 O/S is open source so users can tweak it to behave any way they like, and the hardware is fully documented so that developers can take control of the whole pedal, dedicating all available system resources toward the implementation of unique custom solutions.
The Coyote-1 is not yet available, and pricing is TBA. You can sign up for the mailing list to receive a notification when it’s released.
# Download Free Reaktor-Powered Step Sequencer; Reaktor, Kore Performance Tips – Peter Dines has built a really fantastic tool called Frankenloop. It’s a "step sequencer with a twist" — probability settings for each step so that it sounds different each time.
# Beat the Heat: Build a Reaktor – And if you don’t know anything about Reaktor, read Michael Bierylo’s article on one of my favorite audio applications ever.
# Tapehead Inspector – A manual tape player, ie. one in which the player can directly control the movement of the tapehead against the audio tape.
Roy Mohan Shearer writes:
Simply a hack of the increasingly hard-to-source cassette walkman, I took out all the mechanics, hard-wired the tape circuit to ‘on’, lengthened the cable to the tapehead and housed the whole thing in a videotape casing. Jonnie built the instrument case/playing surface and then we made up a few audio tape ‘slides’ by recording some of Jonnie’s choice vinyl to tape and getting crafty with scissors and sticky tape!
More images @ Flickr.
# ARTEMISIA – Artemis Orchestra – The Artemis Music Orchestra is an automated-music contest for technical students to demonstrate to the general public what embedded systems can do.
# MTmini – How To – Use a piece of paper and a camera to create a camera-based multi-touch interface. All you need is a box, a webcam, and some graph paper.
# Whisper – wearable synth wristband – An interactive and wearable synth using an AVR ATTiny45 chip programmed to run a simple FM routine using a 256-point sine wave table.
# Midify now shipping – Add a MIDI port to just about anything – Can be installed directly into a GBA, GBA-SP, DS or DS Lite, or with some extra parts you can interface it with other devices.
# STEIM Director Michel Waisvisz passed away – Michel was a musician, visionary and occasional gardener – touched by sound and forever happy to be surprised. He was the source of an enormous surge of energy that continues to flow through STEIM into the world.