Mike Norrish has released version 22.214.171.124 of Armchair Guitarist, a VST plug-in for providing MIDI input from one of the numerous console guitar controllers currently on the market.
It is a pure-MIDI plugin- MIDI messages, not audio data is sent to the host- in essence, the plugin allows the user to use a guitar controller the way they would a standard MIDI keyboard.
This release basically consists of a few little improvements and bugfixes, but there is enough difference there to warrant the 1.5 release. The Fret Board is now five frets wider, there are now parameters for fine tuning the Whammy Bar, and there is a proper menu for selecting controller types. The major new fix is that Guitar Hero World Tour and Guitar Hero 5 controllers for the Playstation 3 are now fully functional, after a few hiccups.
Changes in Armchair Guitarist v126.96.36.199
Whammy Bar can only bend notes down (Fixed)
Playstation 3 Button Mappings Incorrect (Fixed)
Add ability to specify range of Whammy Bar input (Implemented)
Changing to the previous fret at fret zero goes to incorrect fret (Fixed)
Need a GUI Item for changing programs (Implemented)
Resize GUI to fit Program Selector (Implemented)
Extend Fretboard (Implemented)
Armchair Guitarist is available to download as a freeware VST plug-in for Windows PC.
Using pressure pads with Arduino boards wired up to Guitar Hero's Frets on Fire
Football Hero is played by a team of insanely gifted young freestyle footballers, all kitted out in Umbro Football gear. This game is programmed with the Kasabian track Underdog. The freestyle footballers are: Paul Wood, Paul Klein, Darryl Stewart, Tom Pett, Lewis Foster & Harry Adcroft – you may have already seen "Woody" and "Kleiny" displaying their skills during 2009's Britain's Got Talent series…
The Spooky Tesla Spirit Radio is a crystal radio circuit in a jam-jar. It makes fun spooky sounds by responding to input from several types of electromagnetic sources. This non-powered radio plugs right into the computer sound-in jack, and makes use of audio software for real time sound effects.
Martin Herron wrote in to let us know about Continuum, a new release on the IDMf netlabel.
Continuum, the newest installment in the IDMf library, is an electronic music album to behold. Beginning with the hard-hitters and slowing down to a softer touch, this compilation showcases the diversity of genres displayed on the IDMf netlabel, including breakcore, dubstep, house, breaks, ambient, and IDM.
The tracks are arranged as they would be in a double CD package: Side A includes eight tracks jam-packed with energy that smoothly segue into a lighter mix of glorious beats on Side B. IDMf is proud to introduce a few new artists along with some of “golden oldies” who have appeared on previous compilations, bringing you the most well-rounded and genre-stomping release from IDMf yet!
The album is free to download from the IDMf website (320kbps mp3).
While I was earning my BS at Western Carolina University, one of the requirements was a Senior Design Project. For this project, I designed and constructed a MIDI controller/sequencer. I chose this as a project because I am a musician and I am very much interested in electronic music and electronic musical instruments/controllers. This project was ideal for me, as it allowed me to combine my passions for engineering and music.
Chaircrusher has posted another batch of samples. Sounds include a screwdriver, steel thermos, spraypaint can, rubbermaid shelves, sheetrock wall, stair rail, wooden legs that used to hold up kitchen island, and some sniffing.
I am a mallet percussionist who loves the marimba. About four years ago I had a problem. Though I loved percussion, I had no way of practicing at home. There were cheap options. I could have bought a bell kit. But I hate the sounds they make. I wanted a very large five octave marimba but didn't have the money to simply purchase one (7000+ dollars). So I decided against all common sense I would build one.
# TrackTeam Audio Monomulator – Monomulator for APC40 & pK – Monome emulator for the Akai APC40 and Korg PadKONTROL. Free download, includes Max/MSP source files.
Warp commemorates its 20th anniversary with a deluxe special-edition of music and art (Box Set).
The package features new songs, older previously unreleased material from Warp artists, tracks selected as some of his personal favorites by co-founder Steve Beckett and the top ten pieces voted for by Warp fans on Warp20.net. It also includes a beautifully produced book showcasing the label’s rich design history, along with an exclusive hour-long mix and a locked-groove vinyl set.
An Instructable for using a real guitar as your Guitar Hero controller.
We all love Guitar Hero and Rock Band. We also know that we'll never learn how to actually play guitar playing these games. But what if we could at least build a Guitar Hero controller that let us use a real guitar? That's what we here at OpenChord.org are trying to do.
Paul Lamere uses the Echo Nest API to find out who is using a click track:
I’ve always been curious about which drummers use a click track and which don’t, so I thought it might be fun to try to build a click track detector using the Echo Nest remix SDK ( remix is a Python library that allows you to analyze and manipulate music). In my first attempt, I used remix to analyze a track and then I just printed out the duration of each beat in a song and used gnuplot to plot the data. The results weren’t so good – the plot was rather noisy. It turns out there’s quite a bit of variation from beat to beat. In my second attempt I averaged the beat durations over a short window, and the resulting plot was quite good.
Some interesting things I found recently: # Beat Fixx – Natural Performance Enhancement For Drums Beat Fixx is a professional drum quantizing service. AudioGeekZine’s Jon Tidey explains what this is all about. What is this? … read more
Some interesting things I found on August 13th, 2008: # Circuitastrophe Symposium – Cincinnati Sept 4-8th 08. Circuit Bending, Robotics, 8-bit Music, Hacking & Electronic Design From the anti-theory website: From September 4 through 9, … read more
Some interesting things I found on June 16th, 2008: # A Towering Achievement of Indescribable Beauty – New album by Matthew Davidson (Stretta). Matthew writes: For the technically-minded, I used a MOTU Ultralite with the … read more
Some interesting things I found on April 29th, 2008: # Slashbot: The Guitar Hero Robot – A robotic system capable of autonomously playing the video game Guitar Hero. Slashbot – mounted guitar and the fingers … read more
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on April 3rd, 2008: kBANG: GameBoy Drum Machine – Instead of making noises in sequence it controls solenoids. Program the drum pattern with interface and place solnoids on … read more
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on April 2nd, 2008: Synthetic Dreams – Shredz64 – Commodore 64 game that makes use of the Playstation guitar controller hooked through the PSX64 interface. Its design is … read more
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on March 20th, 2008: Guitar Hero: On Tour Interview Karthik Bala says: We figured that attaching a full-size guitar or even a mini-guitar would be too awkward to … read more
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on March 19th, 2008: The Sound of Touch – Instrument for real-time capture and sensitive physical stimulation of sound samples using digital convolution. Our hand-held wand can be … read more
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on March 12th, 2008: Minicomputer – Industrial Grade Digital Synthesizer for Linux – Minicomputer is a standalone Linux softwaresynthesizer for creating experimental electronic sounds as its often used … read more
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on February 3rd, 2008: HOWTO Hack Your Guitar Hero Whammy Bar – The idea of this hack is to enable the controller with an “auto” mode that simulates … read more