Experimental: The UFO Controller

December 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://www.theufocontroller.com

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.

Anushri Drum Tweaking

November 23, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mutable Instruments latest analog DIY synth Anushri. Tweaking the digital drum sounds with a Doepfer Pocket Control sending Midi CC.

Buchla: DIY 158, Delay & Joystick

November 22, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

Breaking in a new DIY Buchla format “Retro 158″ dual oscillator that I just made. Also testing a one-off Buchla format Joystick I’m building.

The delay is a Modcan 59a Digital Delay, re-faced with a custom Buchla style panel that I created the artwork for.

I’m using the Joystick module to alter pitch and audio attenuation – as well as pulsing the delay for a sync.

These make up a KILLER sci-fi efx box :)

Euro bow interface prototype

November 17, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Peter Speer demonstrates his DIY Euro Bow Interface – a unique bowed string instrument he uses with his Eurorack modular synthesizer.

Technical details below.

Hollow laser cut MDF enclosure, with a guitar string pulled across two zither pins and a contact mic underneath (connected to the front jack).

Bow is homemade, too (2×4 + horsehair).

Pressure Points and the Wogglebug’s Stepped Out (triggered by the Pressure Points) are controlling the frequency on the DPO, as well as the pitch shift on the Echophon. The envelope out from an A-119 is opening the low pass gate on the output and controlling the modulation index on the DPO.

DIY Synthesizer & Sequencer

November 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The knobs of a home-made synth are tweaked while it plays a sequence of notes (Syncuino DIY 16-step sequencer, see link below).

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https://sites.google.com/site/synthaquarium/
http://chemiker1981.blogspot.de/

Mixtape Alpha – Synth Demo

November 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mixtape Alpha is the smallest synthesizer we could make without a prescription. It has a stylophone style input for continuous note generation, and 6 buttons for discrete notes. With 4 voices, 4 effects, and 5 note polyphony there is quite a range of expression. But, the best part is, you can record the songs you make, and trade mixtapes with your friends! Perhaps even better, it’s based on the ATmega328p, and can be hacked to make even crazier sounds than we came up with.

If you want to dig into the guts of this 8-bit synth, check out the wiki page. There you will find all the schematics and code, and we even have a Pure Data patch for making your own wavetables. Mixtape Alpha even comes in its own cassette case, with instructions! So check out the Mixtape Alpha store to own your very own.

Mixtape Alpha was done in collaboration with Jie Qi from the High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab. It’s an attempt to break down the barriers between people and electronics: To get them comfortable touching PCBs, and change expectations about how electronics should look. To this end, there are resistive touch pads, and all the trace routing took aesthetics into consideration as well. These are ideas very familiar to circiut benders, and we’re hoping they catch on with other folks as well.

Exploring the Bug Brand modular micro synth – Travel Weevil

October 29, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Steelberry Clones had the opportunity to try out one of only 50 copies of the unique micro synth Travel Weevil at a Bug Brand hosted modular synth meet up in Sweden, on October 29th

As always find out more on what is cooking in the electronic music space first at http://stereoklang.se/blog

Teenage Engineering’s Oplab explained

October 29, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

DIY triggering and connectivity playground on camera. The Oplab Musical Experimental Board allows you to interconnect virtually any electronic musical instruments. And finally it’s just plug and play. No more hassle with one box for MIDI and another for CV or a third for USB. Oplab has it all in one place. Just connect your cables, set the appropriate scenario and experience a perfect sync.

One of the fundamental ideas behind Oplab is to let you connect things, toys or junk that you already have around you and to make it interact with your electronic musical instruments. Grab a broken hard drive, rip it apart, connect and use it as a scratchpad. A simple one is to just connect a mouse. Eureka! The mouse is now a pitch bender.

More info here >>

Artemis Synthesizer Overview

October 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A basic overview and presentation of the Artemis Synthesizer built in about a month as a kit for a group of 24 rising high school freshmen enrolled in Boston University’s Women in Technology outreach program called “Artemis”. Made by the Boston University EDF headed by Christopher Woodall (cjwoodall.com and happyrobotlabs.com), and with the support of the BU Physics department.

More info at happyrobotlabs.com

DIY: The Diva Controller – An overview and function test

October 10, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

more infos: http://www.synth-project.de/diva.html

Just an overview and function test of the DIVA Controller. Nothing more nothing less !

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