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.
I went back in and spent a good long time glitching my Casio CA100 again to provide you guys with another glitch library. I am very pleased with the variety of sounds from this machine. I recorded them in pro-tools at 24b 44100khz as mono wav files. there is 106 samples, as of now it is my largest circuit bent library.
So here’s Januarys link of the month. I wanted to share with you viewers some of the sites I frequent and tell you what I think. I couldn’t pick just one so I have five.
1. Hack a Day If you don’t already frequent this wonderful site then you must. It is full of great projects and if you’re ever bored and on the web, this site has some humor and intrigue as to what some people can think up.
2. New Scientist I check this site regularly for updates. I find myself opening almost every new story in a new tab and wanting to read each one! I always get excited by new discovery. So I think this site is up there in my top favorites on the web.
3. Slashdot Here’s a jewel of the web. Slashdot’s been around for a while and I always enjoy a jump to this site.
4. instructables This site is pretty fun. I like to go to this site to poke around and see what kind of cool things people break down for you. You can see instructions for making soup all the way down to how to surface mount with normal soldering equipment.
5. Make Another great how to website, full of info on tons of projects and new toys.
For those of you that are curious like myself, here are some images of me disassembling the Novation Launchpad. I hope this inspires some of you to do some cool modifications to the controller, and make sure to send us some images of your modified launchpad. Click on the pictures to zoom in.
1. The launchpad
2. The launchpad flipped over. There are only 9 screws, taking this thing apart is a piece of cake.
3. The launchpad without the face plate.
4. The Launchpad viewed from the top without button pads.
5. The launchpad opened and viewed from the back.
6. Here is a close up of the mcu’s and the programing header on the board. The bigger chip is a STMicroelectronics 72f63bk2m1, here is a link to it’s data sheet. The smaller of the two chips is the NXP 74hc164d, and here is a link to it’s data sheet.
Here is the latest project I just did for one of my DJ friends. He uses Native Instruments Traktor Pro and controls it with the Vestax VCI-100. A while back he asked me to mod his controller with arcade buttons, and I final got around to doing it for him. Here are some pictures of the progression of the mod. This is not a difficult modification, the toughest part was cutting the holes fir the buttons which I did with a hand drill.
Original VCI-100 Layout
VCI-100 taken out of casing with old buttons still attached.
VCI-100 with old buttons removed, and red wire splint into four leads.