Some interesting things I found recently:
# Arduinocaster shreds in MIDI
Mike Cook takes the keytar to the next level.
Arduinocaster is a an Arduino based MIDI instrument modelled on a guitar sometimes called a keytar. It uses switches and LEDs to control six "strings" which are held down in guitar like chords. Triggering the strings is through an opto reflective switch for a continuous repeating strum and four touch sensitive switches for a one off sequence. There are three banks of four picking / strumming / arpeggio styles and a three octave capo. Voice change information can also be sent.
# glitchNES – NO CARRIER/Don Miller’s glitchNES is an open source software project for the Nintendo Entertainment System. This software causes graphical glitches similar to hardware circuit-bending. The current version is 0.1 (initial release).
Link via CDM
# Dinosaurs and Robots: The Clubhouse Strummer
Mark Frauenfelder writes:
My goal was to make an electric string instrument that uses drone tuning. I don't know anything about music theory, but drone tuning is a way to tune an instrument that makes it sound good no matter what you do with your fret fingers. Sitars, some dulcimers, and bagpipes use drone tuning. The clubhouse strummer uses GDG tuning (the Gs are one octave apart). I copied the fret layout from a strumstick, but I could have used this handy mountain dulcimer fret calculator to figure out the fret spacing.
# gotoandlearn.com – Flash Player 10 Beta: Dynamic Sound
Learn how to dynamically create sounds using the new features in Astro.
# Synth1 random preset generator
Christophe Roussy created a utility to generate random presets for Synth 1.
Synth1 is my favorite free software synthesizer to this date. There are a lot of preset banks available on the web. I had a look at the preset format and thought it would be easy to generate random presets if I could figure out how the values are stored. I decided to write a small Java application that can generate random presets.
# Free Korg MS-20 Patches
Waveformless offers some free patches for Korg's MS-20 synth plug-in.
# little-scale: Drum Machine Compilation
"Due to a song I created just a couple of days ago, I became inspired to start this compo. I want to make a compilation of songs using only kick drums and noise. Yes, only drums. No leads, no melodies, no arps (even slutty ones). I want to see what people can create when they only have a beat to work with.
# Zoom H4n review – Brad Linder takes a look at the latest Zoom H4 field recorder.