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« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2015, 09:41:47 AM »

Speaking of, I'm sure you'll find this very interesting - http://hackaday.com/2015/04/27/slick-six-voice-synth-for-avrs/#more-153995
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« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2015, 09:52:26 PM »

Speaking of, I'm sure you'll find this very interesting - http://hackaday.com/2015/04/27/slick-six-voice-synth-for-avrs/#more-153995
Nice.  There are some great projects around now that I've had a look.  I wasn't aware it was such a big thing.

Yeah, it's super easy to get started. People have done everything with them already so it's really just knitting other people's code and libraries together these days. You can have the Arduino sending serial data to the PC over USB straight out of the box. Getting it to talk to the PC in any other way gets messy, though. And it depends a lot on what Arduino or similar you're using. I'd recommend starting with the UNO and then if you dig it get a Teensy 3.1. Those are mad cool and powerful, and have superb USB capabilities largely unmatched in the Arduino space.
That Teensy looks good.  Like you say, great USB capabilities and more connections, especially analogue ones, that the trad Arduino.


I might grad a starter kit just to see if I can get it to talk to AGK.  BunnyMonkey!
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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2015, 09:28:30 PM »

Hmm.  I need a knob but not a potentiometer based one as they have min and max reading.  I need one that's free to turn without enforced stops.  Hmm.
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« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2015, 07:53:19 AM »

Hmm.  I need a knob but not a potentiometer based one as they have min and max reading.  I need one that's free to turn without enforced stops.  Hmm.
You need a rotary encoder? Rotate one way to increase value, rotate other way to decrease. Free turning. Very popular on modern hardware. Here's a Wikipedia article that probably gets too technical... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotary_encoder

Perhaps this video might help more.
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« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2015, 12:10:11 PM »

Hmm.  I need a knob but not a potentiometer based one as they have min and max reading.  I need one that's free to turn without enforced stops.  Hmm.
You need a rotary encoder? Rotate one way to increase value, rotate other way to decrease. Free turning. Very popular on modern hardware. Here's a Wikipedia article that probably gets too technical... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotary_encoder

Perhaps this video might help more.
Brilliant mate, that's exactly what I need. Smiley

I need to brush up on my electronics.  It's 25yrs since I did it at college and the most advanced thing around then was a light bulb  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2016, 03:25:33 PM »

I notice Teenage Engineering have added another 3 Pocket Operators to the range.  I'd love to have a play with these.

https://www.teenageengineering.com/
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« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2016, 08:00:47 AM »

I notice Teenage Engineering have added another 3 Pocket Operators to the range.  I'd love to have a play with these.

https://www.teenageengineering.com/
Yeah, I love the Arcade one particularly! Something I think I'll look at acquiring; I do find my creative juices flow a bit better when composing and designing sounds on hardware.

Funnily enough to jump back to an earlier discussion in this thread, mid-2015 I actually ended up coding a polyphonic wavetable synth on an Arduino MEGA for a Grav Corp product that was shelved. Learned a lot.
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« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2016, 09:59:45 PM »

Funnily enough to jump back to an earlier discussion in this thread, mid-2015 I actually ended up coding a polyphonic wavetable synth on an Arduino MEGA for a Grav Corp product that was shelved. Learned a lot.
Ooh interesting.  That and doing something with Zynth are still on my to-do list if I ever get the time Tongue
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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2017, 11:48:49 PM »

Some lovely circuit bending gear on here.

http://cdm.link/2017/03/circuit-bent-instruments-sounds-simply-gorgeous/
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« Reply #24 on: July 27, 2017, 11:59:26 AM »

Picked up one of these off eBay.  No idea what I'm doing  Tongue  it's great fun to just mess around with though.  Even for non-musical people like me it sometimes sounds tuneful.

Totally stand-alone and can run off batteries too so you could noodle on the toilet if you wanted to.  BunnyMonkey!

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« Reply #25 on: August 01, 2017, 07:40:52 AM »

Nice! It's amazing what the hardware these days is doing.

If you're into noodleboxes that require no musical knowledge, you can't go wrong with a set of Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators. Cheap as in Europe and they even have a chiptune one now. I've definitely looked at picking them up to sample and use as drum machines.



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« Reply #26 on: August 01, 2017, 12:45:47 PM »

Yeah I've looked at the Pocket Operators too, although I didn't realise there was a chiptune one now.  Very nice.

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« Reply #27 on: December 07, 2017, 01:13:02 PM »

Rytmik on the 3DS and PC is well worth a look if you want something cheap to noodle around with.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/375840/Rytmik_Ultimate/

One thing I've found messing with this and the Circuit is I can come up with some good (IMO) loops, but don't have the motivation or ability to turn those into full-length tunes.  I suppose that's the musician equivalent of when coders write a game but can't be motivated to add the finishing touches, the menus etc.
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« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2017, 10:06:16 AM »

Rytmik on the 3DS and PC is well worth a look if you want something cheap to noodle around with.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/375840/Rytmik_Ultimate/

One thing I've found messing with this and the Circuit is I can come up with some good (IMO) loops, but don't have the motivation or ability to turn those into full-length tunes.  I suppose that's the musician equivalent of when coders write a game but can't be motivated to add the finishing touches, the menus etc.
Oh yeah, my latest release has had lots of cool /bits/ but it's very challenging to build full songs. Common problem, ha.
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