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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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MIDIbox SID Bassline

Posted on 28 March 2009 by diode

MIDIbox SID is a diy project for housing and controlling a SID chip with the MIDIbox platform.

MIDIbox SID V2 Bassline Demo #5 from Thorsten Klose on Vimeo.

video discovered on matrixsynth

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Pure Data – Max’s open source sibling

Posted on 13 January 2009 by diode


Pure Data was developed by Miller Puckette as a fully open source version of the work that he originally did for Max while at IRCAM in the late 80′s and early 90′s. It is lesser known to some extent by musicians but definitely worth checking out. Max, now developed by Cycling ’74, draws heavily from Pd.

from wikipedia:

“Pd is very similar in scope and design to Puckette’s original Max program (developed while he was at IRCAM), and is to some degree interoperable with Max/MSP, the commercial successor to the Max language. Both Pd and Max are arguably examples of Dataflow programming languages. In such languages, functions or “objects” are linked or “patched” together in a graphical environment which models the flow of the control and audio. Unlike the original version of Max, however, Pd was always designed to do control-rate and audio processing on the host CPU, rather than offloading the synthesis and signal processing to a DSP board (such as the Ariel ISPW which was used for Max/FTS). Pd code forms the basis of David Zicarelli‘s MSP extensions to the Max language to do software audio processing.”

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Synthesia – DIY open source synthesizer project

Posted on 17 December 2008 by diode

The Synthesia team have created an embedded digital/analog hybrid synth running a Linux GUI. Looks pretty cool so far. I don’t agree with the choice of the CEM3389 IC to drive the analog section however, as these chips will be extremely hard to come by and extremely expensive. The osciallators are digital, being implemented in a Xilinx SPARTAN fpga.

First discovered on the excellent Matrixsynth blog.

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