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Link of the Month Brian Peters Teensy Synth

November 10th, 2014 No comments

Brian Peters has used some ATmega Teensy 3.1 Arduino boards to interface with some vintage synths. Brian Peters Synthesizers

Here is a link to the instructables to make these synths:
Instructables Chiptune

Categories: Midi, Signal Processing, Synth, Tutorial Tags:

Launchpad + Raspberry Pi

January 20th, 2013 3 comments

Hi there. I got Novation Launchpad connected with the Raspberry Pi running the Raspbian installation and talking with Pure Data.

I wanted to be able to load PD patches on the Pi, let it run under the hood of the launchpad and output custom midi.

 

 

 

 

 

These were the steps I took:

1. Installed raspbian on the sd card and got the pi booted up. If you are having trouble check out the Raspbian FAQ

2. Got PureData installed and got PD talking with alsa.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install puredata

3. Got dependancies and configured the launchpad executable driver “launchpadd” on the pi.

$ sudo apt-get install libusb-1.0-0-dev
$ sudo apt-get install automake

$ autoreconf -i
$ ./configure
$ make install

4. Installed other drivers for other perferials, I used the MidiSport Uno usb midi cable.

5. Loaded up my PD skeches on the Raspberry Pi and started them up.

6. To have the Launchpadd executable run at startup I changed the /.profile file in linux to start the “launchpadd” program at login.

Some of the things I would like to do to finish this project is to build an awsome enclosure to hold the pi and the launchpad also use the gpio pins for midi instead of the usb to midi converter.

 

Launchberry Pi from james on Vimeo.

I’m using a sketch that changes the output channel of the LP with the top row of buttons. its like having 8x launchpads.

Here’s a zip including all the readme files, launchpadd driver and a pd sketch to test the functionality of the launchpad. launchberrypi_files.zip

also here’s a link to get pd-extended running on the pi PD_extended_on_RaspberryPi

 

James

8bandEQ3.0 now for mac!

December 21st, 2011 2 comments

Here you go all you apple-heads an update to 8bandEQ3.0 for launchpad now on MAC OSX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download 8bandEQ3.0 for MAC
Download 8bandEQ3.0 for Windows

8bandEQ is a standalone max/msp application for the Novation Launchpad. It monitors an incoming stereo audio feed and displays the frequency data on the Launchpad’s buttons. can be used alongside any other launchpad programs.

Portland Synth Meet Up 2011

November 21st, 2011 No comments

Illuminated Sounds took a trip down to Portland to go check out their synth meet up. Here are the pictures we got.

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Pictures from PNW Synthfest

November 12th, 2011 No comments

Here’s the pictures we got from the PNW Synthfest 2011. Just heads up the Portland Synth Meet is taking place on November 20th. Anyone going?

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Madrona Labs Soundplane A

November 9th, 2011 No comments

I recently got a chance to play with the Madrona Labs Soundplane A module at this years PNW synthfest.

soundplane A

It is a grid of tactical sensitive and pressure sensitive buttons. The smooth wood finish makes this a wonderful instrument to play. The level of control is amazing, from rubbing of your finger on the wood, all the way down to slamming down on a button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The software AALTO running on the computer is a quite versatile VST program that was very impressive. it allows for the rearrangement of any of the midi notes on the 150-note array and sensitivity control. The open-source mapping application translates the raw USB signals from the controller into control streams such as OSC and MIDI. There are lots of user-configurable options for mapping the surface of the Soundplane A into different kinds of note and controller data.

This is the direction that midi controllers need to be moving. It has the level of control needed for proper replication of things like drum heads and percussion also the ability to make all kinds of new sounds with a level of nuance that is unmatched. I would like to see developers adopt this kind of scheme in new control surfaces. and price them around a level where ordinary consumers can get their hands on them.

Let us know what you think of the soundplane A and if you have any ideas of a great device that I.S. could feature E-mail us!

here’s a link to the forum devoted to the development of the software for this device.

Happy Hacking

-James

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What’s in a name (Top 5 strangest names for gear)

September 6th, 2011 No comments

Here at Illuminated Sounds we are big gear heads.  Sometimes the manufacturers of said gear leave us scratching our heads wondering what were they thinking.  So I compiled this list of my Top 5 strangest gear names.  Now I am probably missing some pieces of gears that should be on this list, so feel free to leave some comments of what your Top 5 are.  My honorary mention goes out to the Beat Kangz Beat Thang.

5 -Stanton DaScratch

This product came out while I was working at a major musical instrument retail store, and I’m pretty sure we did not sell a single DaScratch the entire time I work there.  Stanton tried to capitalize on the whole “touch” input craze that was taking over a couple of years ago, but the DaScratch was quickly out shined by iOS devices.  Stanton has since changed the name of the DaScratch to the SCS.3D, and hopefully that will get them to sell a couple more units.  More details and specs

4 -Euphonix Mc Mix

When this product was first announced I was actually excited for it.  I have used the Mackie Universal Control and the M-Audio ProjectMic IO, and honestly I was not really impressed by either.  Euphonix boards were some of the first large format mixers that I started working on, so to my surprise I was pretty disappointed with the Mc Mix.  The Mc Mix is made out of plastic, and it feels like I could break the piece in half with little effort.  The legs are also made of plastic, giving the entire unit a flimsy feel.  Must be a sign for me to move back to analog consoles.  Euphonix is now Avid.   More details and specs

3 – Metasonix KV-100 (The Assblaster)

With gear names like Assblaster, iCunt, and the Fucking Fucker; Metasonix as a company should have made it to this list.  Instead we take a look KV-100 and all it’s assblasting goodness.  The first thing to you should notice about this guy is tubes, and who doesn’t like tubes.  With 5 “real new-old-stock” vacuum tubes you will be able to freak and twist your sounds until they are unrecognizable.  As an added bonus, Dave Lovelace (the Packrat), provides some fun artwork that even the kids can enjoy.  More details and specs

2 -SSL X-Panda

I gotta say that I love SSL.  Their buss compressor will always hold a special place in my heart, but I am not quite sure what SSL was thinking when it came time to name this mixer.  This is a pretty standard expansion mixer.  It was designed to pair up nicely with SSL’s  X-Desk, but the DB25 connection cable will allow it to connect to other analog mixers.  The X-Panda and X-Desk are a nice way to get some SSL in your studio, but personally I will be saving up for my AWS 924More details and specs

1. Evol Fucifier

When I first came across this piece of gear, I thought it was pronounced like “Lucifer”.   To my surprise it is pronounced with an (think luck or duck).  Still this has to be one of the prettiest pieces of studio gear, and I know it would look great in my studio.  I personally would have liked to see a midi input on this guy, but I always want midi input on everything and midi might be overkill for a distortion unit.  If you need a distortion synthesizer to mangle your sounds, then look no further.  More Details and Specs

 

discuss

 

-tron

8bandEQ2.0

April 9th, 2011 7 comments

I updated the 8 band Graphic EQ for the launchpad! I added a button to get into the DSP settings so u can change the input settings and output settings. Sorry it took so long for this crucial update!


Download 8BandEQ2.0 for the Novation Launchpad for (Windows).

if there are Mac users who want this app just holler and I’ll build it for you guys. 

UPDATE 8BandEQ3.0 for the Novation Launchpad for Windows/MAC

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Ever wonder what’s inside a Native Instruments Maschine Controller?

December 22nd, 2010 11 comments

Here at Illuminated Sounds we love things with 16 pads and we love to take things apart. Now personally I’m a fan of Akai MPC’s, but when one my friends got a Maschine I knew it was only a matter of time before I could get him to open it up.

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the big pads remind me of the fat pads for the mpc2000xl

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Happy Birthday James

August 22nd, 2010 No comments

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