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Vektron Synthesizer

Posted on 07 April 2010 by diode



“The device plays compositions which are stored on microcontroller modules. The modules in this presentation are based on the Atmega family and are programmed in GCC (Arduino) and Bascom. In general, the synthesizer can work with any other TTL Microcontroller as PIC, Propeller or even ones which don’t exist yet, as the computation happens on the module and the Vektron itself only provides the peripherals.”

Vektron modular from Niklas Roy on Vimeo.

Originally discovered via Matrixsynth

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New touch interface – Subcycle

Posted on 22 October 2009 by diode

New Multitouch music user interface. Amazing! Great work from Christian Bannister at subcycle. Best explained by watching the video.

multi-touch the storm – interactive sound visuals – subcycle labs from christian bannister on Vimeo.

originally discovered via CDM

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Remote AC switch for powered studio monitors

Posted on 05 October 2009 by diode

A relatively boring purchase but highly useful!


My long-standing dilemma on how to control the power to my studio monitors is finally over. Now, powered monitors are great, but since none of them really have easily accessible power switches I have been struggling with how to turn them on and off.  I found and purchased this for $12 at parts express and it works great. I had been reaching down to my power strip under the workstation desk for probably 3 years now to turn on my powered monitors. Now i’ve got this little remote on my desk and it works great! The system consists of one outlet (which I connect to the power strip that has my monitors connected), and a wireless remote. I also didn’t have room on my desk for a big rack power strip / switch. So, for all of you with this same dilemma, get this little gadget.

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Posted on 02 September 2009 by diode


Monome has been around for a while now but I’m always impressed when I see demo videos such as the one below. Brian & Kelli are a small team working on what they love and they are also very conscious of the impact they have … from the monome.org site “we strive for economic and ecological sustainability. careful design practice allows us to contribute to culture and preserve the environment by choosing domestic, high-quality, and responsible providers and production facilities. we acknowledge that our future will depend on our ability to support and maintain a local, regenerative economy.”

ro + 256 + milkcrates + monks from ro on Vimeo.

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Moog Exhibit Lecture with Brian Kehew and Larry Fast

Posted on 01 September 2009 by diode

Very interesting and informative lecture by Brian Kehew and Larry Fast filmed and streamed live on the web. This was done on opening weekend of the new Bob Moog exhibit we posted on earlier. The exhibit is at the museum of making music in Carlsbad, CA.

Click here for the video lecture

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Posted on 09 August 2009 by diode

This can only be explained by watching the video. Very impressive DIY project.

via fansofcollision

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Pedal Internals thread

Posted on 19 June 2009 by diode

This is always great fun to look at: “pedal guts pics thread”

Beware, you can easily spend hours on this thread!
The pics with big ugly globs of goo are no fun ;)

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Multitouch string instrument prototype

Posted on 20 May 2009 by diode

This is a very impressive prototype for a multitouch string instrument which allows a user to create virtual strings on a screen and pluck them. The user interface looks beautiful. It’ll be interesting to watch the project for future development.

Here is the web page. Discovered via Matrixsynth.

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RollerShifter diy custom Line6 Tonecore module

Posted on 01 May 2009 by diode

The Line6 Tonecore SDK is paying dividends today. PsiKTrOn from Belgium did some really creative work to develop a custom tonecore module using the Tonecore software development kit. It’s quite impressive … check out the video below.

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Ladyada’s wireless XBee MIDI project

Posted on 15 April 2009 by diode

Ladyada of xoxbox fame has a new project using XBee wireless controllers to implement wireless bi-directional MIDI communication. Nice work as always.



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