percussion ribbon controller

Scibona, Joe joe.scibona at
Mon Nov 15 23:51:48 CET 1999

How about getting the wire out of a wire wound resistor of the value you

i.e.. crack open the ends of a DALE high watt sized power resistor and you
will find a ceramic rod wrapped with a fair length of wire that will be just
the right value you select (say 3-5K)...
>  Correction: I had thought an electric guitar string had virtually no 
> resistance, but I just measured the thinnest unwound guitar wire I have,
> "E", and it has 3 ohms 
>  end-to-end. Still, I suspect it may be difficult to work with wire having
> resistance that low. I guess the ideal would be 3-5K for the resistive
> if your going to use this "ribbon" in place of the keyboard+resistor chain
> a classic analog monosynth. With a lot more (50K+ or so) resistance I get 
> glide between pitches as an unwanted  side effect. Thats what happened
when I 
> tried to use videotape.  But, use too little resistance and it becomes 
> impossible to scale anything.

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