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Make Your Own Music

Ever wonder to have tools which can help you compose your own music. Most of them which are available are software’s, but this one is a hardware which was done as a final-year project by the students of Cornell University. They designed and implemented the Audio Composer and Conductor Suite (A.C.C.S) which is a combination of tools to develop and compose new music. The software end handles audio note frequency and note length generation through a user based input

FPGA hardware then generates multiple tracks of musical notes on a synthesizer that are played over speakers. Running in parallel with the audio output is video detection hardware to track the user’s movements. The entire set up is centred on 2 Altera FPGA Development Boards, a DE2 and a DE2-115. The DE2 is in charge of filtering and hand movement interpretations. The DE2-115 is in charge of Musical Notation and synthesis. A TV camera sits at around head or chest level about 5 feet in front of the user, while a white or black backdrop is put behind the user to block background light and colours. Overall, an excellent project for electronics as well as music lovers.

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