[sdiy] Two parameter mechanical controller thoughts....
kmkennedy at gmail.com
Fri Jun 7 20:55:32 CEST 2019
I would go with a long optical sensor ribbon...It would see the placement
left to right and up and down of the silver puck. Then your rails can be
So many ways to skin this cat. Are you shrinking this down to Euro? My
favorite part of this is how large the screen is, the tiny keyboard looks
silly in the corner there.
Wasn't there a granular tabletop synth similar in granular playback
features to this but not the cool sliders on kickstarter last year or so?
On Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 10:59 AM thresholdpeople via Synth-diy <
synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:
> The Appendage is great.
> It's kind of a trade off in that the softpot takes up less space for sure,
> but then it needs all this other sort of support infrastructure to make the
> encoder right. Using a belt and pulley system would inherently provide the
> infrastructure, but it's bigger on the inside.
> Watching the Collidoscope video the lever riding on the softpot looks kind
> of wobbly. Using a mechanism of some sort like a linear bearing or belt and
> pulley etc would create a much more robust hands on instrument.
> Another thought is that the mechanism is similar to the Ondes Martenot
> ring. Perhaps if approached from that perspective you can have something
> that's less obviously an encoder/knob on the top, and something
> built/disguised more into the slider mechanism.
> ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
> On Friday, June 7, 2019 1:39 PM, Pete Hartman <pete.hartman at gmail.com>
> The Collidoscope itself is actually a lot simpler on the inside that it
> would appear from the videos.
> It uses a Teensy to convert the encoder output and softpot position (and
> any other sensors) to midi messages.
> It has MIDI from the keyboard and the Teensy going to a raspberry pi that
> displays the waveform on a large monitor.
> It uses a FocusRite interface to handle audio in and out duties for the Pi.
> The display monitor is mounted under the surface of the "table" with a
> divider down the middle. The Pi does all the synthesis and display work.
> I was kind of liking the softpot idea, because I have one already set up
> as the controller for an Appendage (check electro-music.com for some of
> the details about the Appendage, it's a very feature-rich ribbon
> One advantage it has is that the belt/pulley idea requires that you have
> additional space to the side of the carriage for mounting the belt/pulley
> behind the panel. The softpot, if mounted appropriately doesn't have to
> add more than ~8mm to the width of the overall mechanism, and depending on
> the details, could conceivably add zero. I'd expect mounting an encoder
> and belt and pulleys for the belt to take up more than that.
> On Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 12:27 PM Ben Bradley <ben.pi.bradley at gmail.com>
>> I remember the "Crazy Synthesizer Demo" from a few years ago, and just
>> looked at it again. From what I remembered, I thought it was just a
>> big touch-screen like an ipad, but I see it's a long slider with a
>> round knob.
>> There's also the ribbon controller like on the Micromoog, and I recall
>> seeing one that's substantially longer. That's not what you want, but
>> it's another idea.
>> I kind of like the belt/pulley idea. This could go to a
>> high-resolution rotary encoder, microcontroller and a high-resolution
>> DAC to generate a precise control voltage that feels "analog."
>> On Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 1:13 PM Quincas Moreira <quincas at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > I think I'd lose the softpot too, and use some kind of belt/pulley to
>> turn a rotary pot/encoder
>> > On Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 9:58 AM thresholdpeople via Synth-diy <
>> synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:
>> >> The thing with CNC gantry systems like 3D printers is that most lower
>> end ones use stepper motors for both the drive and positioning, so running
>> them in reverse won't be possible to create a control voltage based on
>> position with out a whole lot of extra circuitry. However they may often
>> have parts like linear bearings, precision-ish shafts, and all sorts of
>> other hardware that could be re-purposed.
>> >> Check out Author & Punisher - http://www.tristanshone.com/ - he makes
>> awesome controllers, and has one or two that are as you're describing,
>> Pete. He's pretty open about construction and functionality.
>> >> ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
>> >> On Friday, June 7, 2019 9:55 AM, Pete Hartman <pete.hartman at gmail.com>
>> >> On Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 7:07 AM bbob <fluxmonk at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >>> i'd go wireless - bluetooth or ble from whatever controls are on the
>> carriage, and a time-of-flight sensor to measure the carriage position.
>> there's probably a lot of hardware bits you could repurpose from folks
>> developing diy 3d printers for the carriage mechanics.
>> >> I'm not sure wireless would be practical for within-the-module
>> communications in a Euro module or standalone controller meant to interface
>> with Euro.....
>> >> 3D printer carriages would be a good source of inspiration though.
>> >> The linear bearings at McMaster look really interesting, I'll have to
>> spend some time digging around in that stuff.
>> >> Thanks
>> >> Pete
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