[sdiy] QTC and delurk

Ian Fritz ijfritz at comcast.net
Sun May 6 06:10:46 CEST 2007

At 09:51 PM 5/5/2007, Veronica Merryfield wrote:

>My current project (which I have been on the trail of since I was 17!) is 
>to use a fretless bass instrument as an expression controller for a synth 
>as well as being playable in it's own right. My plan has been to place 
>something under a thin fingerboard veneer to work as a pressure sensor 
>which would provide a position reference to use to generate a control 
>voltage either directly or as a hint reference to a pitch detector. The 
>sensor could also act as a pressure controller like after touch on a 
>keyboard say. I would prefer a direct postion controller since even a 
>position helped pitch detector will still take while (several 
>milliseconds) to get a pitch. I am thinking that the position controller 
>would have a calibration function to deal with different tunings, drift 
>and such and could in theory run all the time to ensure the pitch control 
>is always in tune with the strings. The controller would be digital and 
>the synth would be analog (or hybrid) but with a digital UI and 
>paramter/patch store.


Interesting project!  Are there going to be strings, or will you be 
pressing directly on the fingerboard.?


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