A 1st generation Nanoloop (cartridge for Gameboy classic) and a modified Korg Monotron are synced by a Roland TR-626. Nanoloop is triggered by the rimshot pattern of the 626. The sawtooth LFO (low frequency oscillator) of the Monotron is triggered by syncuino (http://chemiker1981.blogspot.com/) and the cutoff frequency of the Monotron analog filter is controlled by a sequence generated by Syncuino.
The Meganome is inspired by the monome controller and powered by an Arduino Mega. Like other grid controllers like the Launchpad and Push, it has performance modes for triggering drums, playings synths, and launching clips and effects. I like the feel of arcade buttons and look of exotic hardwoods, so mass-market products just weren’t right for me.
You can see how the grid-based layout makes octave jumps and glisses really easy in this video: http://youtu.be/Gsph_10sb64?t=2m18s
Watch the Meganome be used as a drum machine: http://youtu.be/rMrk-pZ4RBk
Patrick writes with more details:
I just uploaded a demo video for my custom grid-based controller, the Meganome. The design is obviously inspired by the monome, but it departs in a couple ways from the monome and its cousins. I wanted larger buttons with light but solid action for triggering drum hits and synth notes–buttons that are hard to miss and give you a nice “clack” sound when struck. The rectangular arrangement with 14 buttons per row lets me display the entire
chromatic scale plus two notes of overlap when the Meganome is in synth control mode. Like the Push controller in its chromatic mode, the notes of the scale I’m in light up, but unlike the Push, the Meganome lays octaves along its columns, which makes for easy traversal of octave space and wide chord voicings. Triads, on the other hand, are tricky.
I did a blog post on difficulties I encountered while building it and posted my Arduino code on my blog:
Home-made synth + modified Korg Monotron, both synced by Syncuino (http://chemiker1981.blogspot.com/)
Making the most of your next second hand shop visit:
At second hand sales there are often piles of old analog computer modems that absolutely nobody wants. But it can be worthwile to go through the piles because amongst those seemingly useless plastic boxes there can be little treasures that looks like a modem but certainly isn’t.
I found this little box at a Y-mens money raising sale and because they thought it was just another old modem I got it for the equivalent of 2$ (which some people say is written $2). But I knew that it wasn’t because modems ususally doesn’t come with a MIDI interface.
There wasn’t anything wrong with it so I took the lid off it only to see what was inside. I have used it in the music that I play in this video for all the piano sounds and most of the strings. The rest is played on Roland RA-30 arranger, JX-8P synthesizer and Technics SX-C600 organ.
Background video description:
1st jam with my finished DIY synthesizer.
The additional sounds are generated by another device.
See my other videos for earlier versions of this synth.
Brain Jr. is a compact and affordable micro controller platform for artists, students, educators, and professional controller builders. This video explains the basic operations of the device.
- 16 digital connections (switches, buttons, etc.)
- 16 analog connection (faders, potentiometers, sensors)
- 16 LED connections (monochrome and RGB)
- USB connectivity
- Class compliant, no drivers needed
The CGS747 is one of a family of 3 CGS drum simulators from Ken Stone. It generates a single drum sound that can be adjusted to sound like a cymbal, hi-hat, snare drum, electronic drum, or numerous other percussive sounds. It is a complete dedicated synthesizer in its own right, including six oscillators, a noise source, a mixer, an envelope generator, a VCF and a VCA. – elby-designs.com
Background video description:
If you are new to DIY synths and are wondering what modules you should delve into then hopefully this video will help you decide on Ken Stone’s fantastic Cynare. A complete synthesizer on one board, the Cynare has a wealth of options that return a lot of fun for your investment of effort.
Check out http://www.cgs.synth.net for more info.
ClearTone Synth with LFO inside a nice lego project box with a house, dog, flowers, LEDs and a female figure drinking away to the synths excellent sound!
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The UFO is an ultrasonic MIDI controller designed to let you control your music software and external synthesizers with hand gestures.
The UFO controller uses five ultrasonic sensors and captures gestures, based on distance detection. The vertical movement of your hand above any of the sensors is converted to standard MIDI data.
Improvising with the UFO Controller and Ableton Live 8. UFO is a performance MIDI controller designed to change your electronic music livesets for good. Wave your hands in the air and create complex musical patterns. UFO is currently an Arduino based prototyping project.
UFO = Ultrasonic Frequency Controller
The video was shot in Friedrichshain, Berlin on December 4th, 2012.
Mutable Instruments latest analog DIY synth Anushri. Tweaking the digital drum sounds with a Doepfer Pocket Control sending Midi CC.