A Device to create, collaborate music

This is a final year project by students of Cornell University which permits companions to learn melodies, make their own particular tunes, and collectively consolidate them. There are basically two pedals each having eight sets of fully customizable buttons and any button can be used to play and MIDI sounds. The device also allows you to record your music in real time and also offer functionality for playback. However, the different feature of this device is its ability to transfer music to your friend which can then merge their melodies with yours. The transmission takes places through a set of IR transmitters and receivers There is also a teacher mode which allows you to practice playing pre-programmed songs. The prototype uses pulse-width modulation and direct digital synthesis to play back music. Due to high ram requirement, an Atmega 128p was used as the microcontroller since it has the highest ram among the ATmega series of controller. A good point of the project is that IR transmission has been implemented using TCP/IP protocol which makes the transmission and receiving of messages… Continue reading

Adding MIDI output to the vintage analog organ

Michael likes his vintage organ KORG CX-3. It sounds good and keyboard feels right to play. But in early 70s there were no MIDI. But today almost any electronic music instrument comes with MIDI or other output interface. He decided to add a MIDI to CX-3 organ. For getting data you normally need to detect each key pressed. Luckily Michael found a great source on Internet with schematics where couple ICs are connected to keys that generate serial data stream. This gave him an access to keys by using couple of wires. Next step is a midi interface. Attiny2313 seemed to be enough for generating MIDI. A home made PCB looks really great next to vintage organ schematic and it does job well. To see how to generate MIDI on AVR check out this resource on AVRfreaks. Continue reading

Amazing 16 track live MIDI box sequencer

If want some serious fun with MIDI music, take a look at this serious looking midi sequencer built under STM32 processor with 512k Flash memory. This is a MIDIbox v4 – that means that it is an evolutionary product with more improvements and more power. < p style=”text-align: center;”> MIDIbox SEQ V4 Teaser #2 from Thorsten Klose on Vimeo. MIDI box has a long list of features that should satisfy any of you if you decide to get hands on it. It has USB connection that gives an alternative to traditional MIDI interface and seems that Ethernet is also coming. It is quite complex project so be sure to check documentation carefully before decision to start. Listen to teaser sounds in video – sounds sweat. Continue reading

The Fantastic Arduino to 3D Studio Max

Arduino have been a very common electronic component in this 21st century. As a home hobbyist, it would be a shame, if you haven’t heard this magical word, “Arduino”. Honestly, it’s very hard to imagine, as we can do tons of electronic projects, by only using a simple Arduino. By the way, for those who want to try the 3D application, then this 3D Studio Max or 3DS is absolutely the best of all. Ok, some of you might be imagined, “How could I transfer the data from the Arduino to 3DS?” For your information, the 3D Studio Max has a very nice SDK and it’s quite easy to control it. Arduino to 3D Studio Max from melka on Vimeo. Psst…, there is a good way to control objects. Did you know that by using the track view option, you could assign different type of controllers to the various properties of the object you want to control? Furthermore, the 3DS have different inputs to allow motion capture, including Mouse, Keyboard, Joystick or MIDI. However, there is a little bit drawbacks… Continue reading

Arduino Step Sequencer Synth aka Noise Box

You’ve always want to build an Arduino step sequencer synth, but you don’t know the proper way to develop it? Well, you can end your searching now forever, as you’re having the chance to get closer with the Arduino step sequencer synth. For your information, it’s a simple Arduino step sequencer synth. It has a maximum of eight tracks. Each of the tracks has eight patterns and each of them has a maximum of 16 steps. In this case, you can assign a MIDI input and output channel to each of the track, by choosing a play and record mode for each track. There are three play modes, which as: The first track has one Note only. It’s a good note for the drum computers, as you only need to set the step active or not. The second one can store a note in each pattern, perhaps for chord sequences. The third can be used to store a note on each step and it’s also the best mode of all. Believe it or not, you can plug in a midi… Continue reading

Arduinoboy – The Finest Combination of Arduino and GameBoy!

When I was still a teenager, I used to fascinate about the GameBoy and I spent countless money on the GameBoy equipment and games. Although I had already grown up, but I still have the same feeling about the GameBoy… Well, for those of you that also owning GameBoy here, then today will be your lucky day, as you will learn how to create an incredible “ArduinoBoy”! For your information, ArduinoBoy is the magnificent combination between the Arduino and GameBoy. ArduinoBoy is software for the Arduino hardware platform, which it allows serial communication (MIDI) to the Nintendo GameBoy for awesome music applications, such as LittleSoundDJ, Nanoloop and mGB! Meanwhile, you should know something about the mGB. This mGB is a GameBoy cartridge program, where you will need a Flash Card and transfer handware to enable the GameBoy to act as a full MIDI supported sound module. Beside that, it also compatible with the old DMG Gameboy and GBC/GBA as well. However, there is no interface as of yet so all sound parameters in this moment are fully addressed via MIDI.… Continue reading