[sdiy] Mikado: call for suggestion

harrybissell at prodigy.net harrybissell at prodigy.net
Fri Aug 2 18:40:32 CEST 2002

Well now that you ask... no I dont have 16 Key Signatures  ;^P

My KEY display reads
C +C d +d E F +F G +G A +A b

the SCALE display reads

1 2 3 4... 9 +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6  (strange looking but
can be controlled with only 1 byte each - 7 segments
and the "plus" sign)

The last four positions of the KEY display read 
1 2 3 4

Then the SCALE display reads
C +C d +d E F +F G +G A +A b - - - -

(in this mode the last four Scale positions are blank

So out of a 16 x 16 matrix... I actually use a 16 x 12
table of waves.

One of the parameters is always the KEY... and there
are four additional sets of 12 KEYS.

I use the extra positions for special scales, such as
drones, thirds etc.

Its a little tricky to understand but allows use of
"most" of the memory with the least problems for the
user interface. (Two hex rotary encoders and two LED

Maybe I should learn to program a micro, huh ???

H^) harry

--------Original Message--------  

From: media.nai at rcn.com
To: harrybissell at prodigy.net
Cc: synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl
Sent: Aug 2 2002 09:16
Subject: Re: Re: [sdiy] Mikado: call for suggestion

>At 6:14 PM +0000 08/01/02, harrybissell at prodigy.net wrote:
>>Here are some scales from my Theremin Quantizer.
>>I have two 4-bit selects... one for Key Signature
>>and one for Scale select.
>It has 16 keys?!
>Anyway, yes, 16 "scales" is the most you can get from 4 bits.  So if you
>wanted to add the most options, your way is best.  The problem is that you
>need to keep a chart handy or add some kind of display.  DIY displays
>aren't so easy -- I can't find any displays that fit into round holes and
>cutting rectangular holes is a PITA.
>With the "Mikado" way -- using meaningful names and one function for each
>bit, the most you can have is 9 choices.  So adding a useful selection of
>chords would probably require more bits.
>>0  Chromatic 12 notes per octave
>>1  Diatonic Major (C-D-E-F-G-A-B)
>>2  Diatonic Natural Minor (C-D-Eb-F-G-Ab-Bb)
>>3  Diatonic Harmonic Minor (C-D-Eb-F-G-Ab-B)
>>4  Diatonic Blues Scale (C-Eb-F-Gb-G-Bb)
>>5  Pentatonic (C-D-E-G-A)
>>6  Kumoi (C-D-Eb-G-A)
>>7  Japanese (C-Db-F-G-Ab)
>>8  Egyptian (C-Db-E-F-G-Ab-Bb)
>>9  Whole Tone (C-D-E-F#-G#-A#)
>>10 Minor / Major (lower voltages are Minor, higher Major
>>11 C major (C-E-G) Arpeggio 4 octave (16 steps per note)
>>12 C minor (C-Eb-G) Arpeggio 4 octave (16 steps per note)
>>13 -
>>14 -
>>15 -
>>16 (I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you ;^)
>>hope this helps
>>H^) harry

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