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Short links for August 4th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 4th, 2008:


# Dj-101 DIY Guide at – by Ean Golden.

Our new dj tech tools mantra for this week is:

“we go through the annoying stuff so you dont have to”

That certainly applies to my current attempt to offer a simple, inexpensive midi controller that most people could find useful. In the end I succeeded, but it required some serious investigation and re-thinking the fundamental concepts. This design is not meant to be sold or duplicated but rather to show the basic steps required in building your own midi accessory or moding an existing controller.

# Lo-fi Arduino Guitar Pedal – Bit crushing, rate reducing, weird noises: DIY 10-bit effects/guitar pedal with an Arduino for lo-fi DSP.

# Teh Suck – Akai MPC5000 – Hip hop producer Just Blaze on the Akai MPC5000 and why he thinks it shouldn't actually be available for sale at this moment. Why companies don't properly beta test their flagship products is beyond me…

# The Levelator from The Conversations Network

Do you believe in magic? You will after using The Levelator to enhance your podcast. And you'll be amazed that it's free, now even for commercial use.

The Conversations Network Levelator

So what is The Levelator? It's software that runs on Windows, OS X (universal binary), or Linux (Ubuntu) that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example. It's not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. It's much more than those tools, and it's much simpler to use. The UI is dirt-simple: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto The Leveler's application window, and a few moments later you'll find a new version which just sounds better.

# Arduino Semaphor | Windmeadow Labs – Arduino based robot semaphore system.

# bwack is a genius. i think. – bwack was commissioned by family force 5 to construct the largest sampler in the history of live rock music. and, with the assistance of his carpentry proficient padre, don bwack, he has done it.

Short links for June 27th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 27th, 2008:

# MACHINECOLLECTIVE.ORG – Machinecollective is specialized in design and production of custom control surfaces and kits for physical computing.

Machinecollective custom control surfaces
Machinecollective custom control surfaces

From the website:

In spite of all the smart, multifunctional and state-of-the-art controllers that are commercially available today, there has always been demand for custom physical interfaces and specialized controllers. That’s why we have developed a modular prototyping platform. The prototyping modules are aimed at researchers, artists, musicians, circuitbenders and performers who want to use high quality controls without spending too much time on manufacturing or trying to find a suitable enclosure.

Machinecollective is currently developing modules with components such as potentiometers, slide potentiometers, buttongrids, toggle switches, lcd’s, FSR/LDR’s, velocity sensitive pads, touchscreens, etc. You can sign up to get notified when the full website is up.

# Ohm Force antidote for cell phone popcorn!!!

Have you seen those videos on YouTube where cell phone radiation turns corn into popcorn? Ohm Force to the rescue!

Little Sound Dj

# Little Sound Dj – Transform a plain Game Boy/Game Boy Color into a full-fledged music workstation.

Little Sound Dj features

  • Sequencer – designed to leave all the musical possibilities of the Gameboy in the hands of the user.
  • Sound – custom waveforms can be created by free-hand drawing, or by using a subtractive synthesizer with resonant filters. For extra versatility, Little Sound Dj also contains a quite powerful arpeggiator, which possibilities go far beyond the classic C64-style chords.
  • Samples – a set of 59 phonems for programmable speech. Besides that, it also features drum kits sampled from machines TR-606, TR-707, TR-727, TR-808, TR-909, CR-78, CR-8000, KR-55, DR-55, DR-110, DMX, Drumulator, RhythmAce, TOM and LinnDrum.
  • Synchronization – use a link cable to sync two Game Boys; great for party fun or for added polyphony. You can sync LSDJ with Nanoloop, and MIDI sync is possible too (build your own LSDj Midi Interface).

Also on this website: Game Boy Color Prosound Mod, adding a new sound output that takes its sound directly from the volume potentiometer, bypassing some sound-garbling electronics close to the headphone output.

# MAKE: Blog: The WP-20 mini-synth – The "WP-20 Mini-Synth Sound Effects Synthesizer" is probably the best project out there for getting started in Synth-DIY proper. It packs all the basic elements of modular synth design including a control voltage input into a relatively compact circuit.

Short links for June 17th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 17th, 2008:

N-Tune (Gibson & Fender models)

# N-Tune — Tuning where you need it…in your guitar

N-Tune is the world's most convenient solution for fast, accurate onboard guitar tuning. It installs under your electric guitar's existing volume knob, and provides a bright, LED-based tuning ring with true-bypass circuitry for perfect tone.

N-Tune features

  • Fast, accurate tuning, built right into your guitar.
  • Pull your volume knob to tune up silently; push knob back down to play.
  • True bypass design preserves your instrument’s original tone.
  • Installs in your guitar in 30 minutes – no drilling or permanent modification required.
  • Includes white, black, cream and parchment-colored tuning rings.

N-tune is available for single-coil guitars with 250k Ohm volume pot, and humbucker-equipped guitars with 500k Ohm volume pot.

# FOUND ELECTRONICS » Projects » Circuit Bent – Found Electronics has, over the years, produced a wide variety of circuit bent instruments: devices whose original function has been mangled and transformed into weird and wonderful creators of noise.

# Hacking Toys into Tangible Controllers – Here are some recent projects from year 2 of the Creative Media course at DKIT. The student groups were each given a toy and assigned the task of hacking it together with a keyboard to create a controller for an original interactive experience made in flash and/or director.

# Javascript Super Mario Kart – A prototype of a Javascript Mario Kart-like racing game, just 11kb!

# 1-star review of The Incredible Hulk in Hulk-speak

Peter Bradshaw wrote his 1-star review of The Incredible Hulk in Hulk-speak:

“Hulk. Smash!” Yes. Hulk. Smash. Yes. Smash. Big Hulk smash. Smash cars. Buildings. Army tanks. Hulk not just smash. Hulk also go rarrr! Then smash again. Smash important, obviously. Smash Hulk’s USP. What Hulk smash most? Hulk smash all hope of interesting time in cinema. Hulk take all effort of cinema, effort getting babysitter, effort finding parking, and Hulk put great green fist right through it. Hulk crush all hopes of entertainment. Hulk in boring film. Film co-written by star. Edward Norton. Norton in it. Norton write it. Norton not need gamma-radiation poisoning to get big head.

Short links for May 13th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 13th, 2008:

# MAKE: Blog: Noise Toy – crash course in programming

Collin Cunningham writes:

The Noise Toy kit is fun to use, but if you’re like me – leaving that little “PROGRAM” port unused will drive you crazy. With little knowledge of AVR programming beyond some fun with Arduino, I taught myself how to upload and hack source code for it. Read on to see how the deed was done and listen to some sample audio.

Noise Toy - Program header
The Noise Toy PROGRAM header

# Happy Knobbing V3.0 2008 in Fischbach – Aliens Project has images from the 2008 "modular" meeting.

# Color the pitch & mod wheels on your Prophet ’08 – User selectable colors: Red, Green, Blue, White, Violet, Yellow, Turquoise and off (Colors can be independently set), compatible with DSI Prophet '08, DSI Poly Evolver, Moog Voyager

# Audio Shield for Arduino – Can play up to 22KHz, 12bit uncompressed audio files of any length. It’s low cost, available as an easy-to-make kit. It has an onboard DAC, filter and op-amp for high quality output. Audio files are read off of an SD/MMC card, which are available at nearly any store. Volume can be controlled with the onboard thumbwheel potentiometer.

# The Get Out Clause, Manchester’s stars of CCTV cameras – Unable to afford a proper camera crew and equipment, The Get Out Clause, an unsigned band from the city, decided to make use of the cameras seen all over British streets.

Short links for April 11th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on April 11th, 2008:

# Brockenspiel in action – Brock Craft's Brockenspiel reads the magnetic strip on credit cards and swipe access cards, zips them through an Arduino board and triggers solenoids which bash the chimes.

Left: working on the Arduino, right: the actual Brockenspiel

# pe lang + zimoun : untitled sound objects – The “Untitled Sound Objects” by Pe Lang and Zimoun creates acoustic architecture from organic objects and forms connected up to motors and gears. The duo began as laptop performers but were offput by the lack of physicality so they investigated how to create physical instruments that react to their immediate environment and each other.

# Black Flag Hair: A Timeline – Nice illustration of Black Flag's hairstyles from 1976 to 1986.

# little-scale: Arduino Beats – Sebastian Tomczak is working on a sample-based drum machine for the Arduino. At the moment, bars and patterns have to be programmed into the code manually, but he's looking to adding a small and simple physical interface for real-time pattern sequencing.

# Ten Thousand Cents – Behind the scenes of a mechanical turk project: 10,000 people drawing a small piece of a 100 dollar bill.

Short links for March 14th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on March 14th, 2008:

  • The HAptic GUidance System – A device for "recording" and "playing back" drumstick motions involved in percussion performance. It is being used in a series of experiments designed to test the effect of physical guidance on motor learning.
HAGUS – the drumstick, gearing, and optical encoder.
  • Five great auditory illusions – Daniel Levitin has written The Music Illusion, which looks at auditory illusions and how they can help us understand the workings of the human brain. New Scientist has compiled five of the most striking auditory illusions discovered so far.
  • Photoshop Disasters – Image manipulations gone horribly wrong.
  • 100 (Legal) Sources for Free Stock Images – You want to make sure you don’t end up doing something like this (from Photoshop Disasters mentioned above).

Short links for February 28th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on February 28th, 2008:


Short links for January 29th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on January 29th, 2008:

  • I Eat Beats – Edible music interface – Skittle-based beat sequencer, a tangible and edible music interface. This is a prototype developed over the course of two evenings, with a webcam and Processing
  • Web Hot or Not? – Technorati founder David Sifry’s Hot or Not for websites. Great market research!
Web Hot or Not
Is it me or is there actually no way to see what a sites rating is?!