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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.

# – 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.
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.

Short links for July 31st, 2008

Studio Electronics Orion Galaxy

Some interesting things I found on July 31st, 2008:

# Omega Orion: analog synth as designed by Stanley Kubrick

Music Thing reports on the Orion Galaxy:

An Omega 8 – the $4,600, 38lb mother of all modern analog synths – in a great looking new skin.
Design is by boutique guitar amp builder Tim Caswell and someone called Antoine Argentieres.

More info on the Studio Electronics Orion Galaxy here.

# DJ Motion Capture – Made with the Vicon Motion Capture system housed in space 5, Culture Lab (Newcastle University, UK), the aim of the project was to magnify performance gestures to provide unique insights into how a DJ overcomes the fixity of recorded materials.

# Plastinkus DJ scratch pad – It’s a scratch pad the size of a credit card. Plastinkus produces sounds like a real disc. There is a wide variety of color combinations available.

# Gakken Analog Synthesizer SX-150 – Battery-powered, stylus driven fun.

RJ, a Japanese MAKE magazine reader, posted a guide to create a MIDI interface for the Gakken SX-150 a few weeks ago (even before it was released…). More info here: SX-150 synth MIDI mod

# Yahoo Music to offer refunds, what about MSN? – Yahoo Music is offering refunds to anyone who bought songs from the service. Is it time for MSN Music follow Yahoo's lead?

Short links for June 5th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 5th, 2008:

# CellularRecombomat: patch-bay circuit bent cellular automata video synth


Tom Koch aka Univac writes:

My main idea with this gadget was to have optical control over the three main basic cellular automata (CA) controls (which are controlled by the pots on the right side, from the top): algorithm (the algorithm used to generate the type of cell which also controls what tone is generated based on the object created), width across the grid, and speed of cellular generation, each line generated one at a time from top to bottom.


# Drum Master – DIY Electronic Drum Brain – The Drum Master system is actually comprised of two parts:

  1. The hardware brain module (containing the Arduino microcontroller and a collection of circuits to assist in obtaining the sensor information) is called the Drum Master. This is connected via USB (technically, a virtual serial port over USB) to a computer,
  2. which is running the Drum Slave software, written in Python.

When a sensor is hit, the Drum Master converts the signal to a digital value, and sends this value (and the port on which the sensor was detected) over the serial port. The Drum Slave program listens for this, and plays the corresponding audio sample.


# Underwater Microphone (Hydrophone) – Construct a inexpensive hydrophone out of things laying around your house.

action_owl writes:

I decided to put up this instructable because (to my surprise) no one has a hydrophone instructable up yet. I made mine using a mixture of other people’s hydrophone creations that I found through a google search and a bit of ingenuity.


# Circuit Bent | Modified Fab Echo – Unlocking the Fab Echo’s delay potential. Add a Delay Rate knob (speed of repeats), increase the mix knob to full wetness, and to give it full feedback (which literally makes it feedback). Modded LFO’s to the delay circuit that cause strange swirly sounds, and pitch bending weirdness.


DIY guitar effects pedal parts

# Create Your Own Guitar Effects Pedal – This is a general instructable about how to build your own pedal clones.

It’s not hard to do, just take care that you read up on some info beforehand. There’s numerous schematics and layouts on tonepad.

If it’s the first build you’re doing it’s best to start with the easier stuff, like a simple fuzz or overdrive.


# Review: Percussa AudioCubes

David Battino writes:

At present, AudioCubes shine as a cool-looking device for experimentation and live performance. Only you can say whether that novelty justifies the boutique price; the results will depend on your creativity.


# Isidore, the modular robot with CV lights – "My friend Louis shot this video while I was testing the voltage controlled lights with some 16 steps sequence MIDI running in cubase, then converted to CV by Doepfer MCV24. All sounds by Doepfer A100 modular synth."


# How to Deal with MIDI Clock Signals in Arduino – Sebastian Tomczak shares some generic Arduino skeleton code that could be used to synchronise many different types of things to MIDI clock (and therefore ProTools, Ableton Live etc — any type of host sequencer).

Short links for April 25th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on April 25th, 2008:

# KlangStufen – „KlangStufen“ is an experiment to show, how much information you can get from the sound of a city. You can experience the urban space auditivly by mounting the different height levels of a city, which would not be possible in the real space at all. You should concentrate completely on the sounds, the visual remains in the background.

KlangStufen (Sound Steps) installation by Christiane Keller

A stair makes the different height levels conceivable to the user. The single steps correspond to the different height levels. So we can use the existing architecture to experience the urban space and to get information about it. The user selects his point of view in the city on a map projected on the wall. Now from this point you move along the y-axis upwards or downwards, depending on which step one is standing.

# Audio Ping Pong – Mike McCracken has a fun little project using an arduino, headphones and an accellerometer.

# Kids Be Gone – Mosquito Device – Are gatherings of teenagers and young adults affecting your business and your profits?
The Mosquito ultrasonic teenage deterrent is the solution to the eternal problem of unwanted gatherings of youths and teenagers in shopping malls and around shops.

# Tristram Cary, Tape Music Pioneer, VCS3 Designer, Composer, Dies – Tristram is credited by some as the father of tape music, originating tape music techniques in World War II. He’s notorious to the general public and sci fi fans as the composer of the music for the Daleks in Doctor Who.

# Puzzlemation – A Dynamic Tiled Display – Puzzlemation divides the digital display into pixels you're free to pick up and re-arrange. It can be used to create things as diverse as modular animated signs, to a uniquely challenging dynamic puzzle.

# LoFi Looping Tape Machine – xelent modified a bedside table alarm clock with a tape recorder into a lofi loop recorder.

Short links for April 4th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on April 4th, 2008:

  • The Beast – TR-606 Modification – The fluidity of the 606, Roland's *only* drum machine that can switch seamlessly between write and play modes, is well known, however the static sound and poor interfacing leaves it wanting. The Beast Modification addresses these issues.
TR-606 The Beast mod
Currently this 606 beast is not available, but you could get a TB-303 mod

Pluggotic releases Shattersync

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Pluggotic Shattersync

Pluggotic has released Shattersync, a modified version of DarkWare’s Shattershot Lite.

Shattersync is a stuttering/repeating effect plug-in based on modulated delays triggered by a step-sequencer. Repeats of all sorts, glitches and noises, random events and singular/casual phrases re-arrangements can be achieved quickly, on both melodic and rhythmic material.

Carlo writes:

For those knowing and loving Shattershot Lite VST, Shattersync is essentially a host (and therefore BPM) synchronized version of its predecessor. it should be noted that the work I made to modify the creature will not make it sound any better and possibly all the voodoo magic spawned from Shattershot Lite will disappear, replaced by a tamed, ordered, boring, mechanism of nothingness.

The alterations of the original design are focused on:

  • New modulations, now host-synchronized.
  • A new independent stuttering FX in the signal chain.
  • MIDI implementation.
  • New GUI.

Visit Pluggotic for more information and a link to download Shattersync.

Short links for March 12th, 2008

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Some interesting things I bookmarked on on March 12th, 2008:

Minicomputer uses Jack as realtime audio infrastructure and can be controlled via MIDI.
  • Guitar Hero on C64: The Music Game for 8-Bit Lovers – Yes, just when you thought you’d seen every conceivable take on mods, customizations, clones, homages, robots, artistic reinterpretations, and other cultural artifacts inspired by Guitar Hero, there’s this — a Guitar Hero clone on Commodore 64.
  • SUB-COMMANDER Guitar Synthesizer – buffer your guitar's signal, create a pulse waveform (at the same frequency as the guitar) divide it's frequency in half (sub-octave generator) and generate a gate when you pluck a string so you can control the SUB-COMMANDER's AR generators.

Commodore Bent64 with Cynthcart

Want to have a circuit bent Commodore 64 without having to do all the work yourself?

Bighead Electronics is offering a limited edition pre-modded C64, the Bent64.

Bighead Electronics Bent64
Bighead Electronics Bent64

List of the mods

  • COMMODORE BENT 64! Is a unique one of a kind musical instrument!
  • Professionally designed custom internal PCB with microprocessor.
  • Professionally designed custom internal cabling.
  • Beautiful custom black paint.
  • Custom design high quality decals.
  • Built-in Filter knob (changes values on the SID filter).
  • Custom RCA audio/video, audio out (dual) jacks on the back for easy connectivity.
  • audio in (process external sources).
  • Video out (easily connects to any modern T.V.).
  • Custom 14 segment LED screen for user info (80s Style).
  • Custom LED functionality indicators.
  • Built in Cynthcart (user port can be used freely!).
  • Choose between Cynthcart or normal Commodore 64 BASIC boot up with just a toggle switch.

It’s currently at $350 with a few bids and about 8 hours on the clock, so hurry on over to the eBay auction if you’re interested.

Link via technabob