[sdiy] History of SDIY?

MTG grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com
Wed May 30 17:53:01 CEST 2018

Yeah I remember coding questions too and we've certainly had our 
discussions about MIDI this and that (actual coding not just bashing the 


On 5/30/2018 8:39 AM, Scott Gravenhorst wrote:
> chromatest at azburners.org wrote:
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>> I have an observation about this list that I'll share. I don't recall
>> anybody on this list ever asking for help debugging their software code.
>> People are asking all the time for help with debugging their hardware
>> though.
> I have.  Not debugging basic C code or basic C language questions, but
> questions about DSP and how to implement the math.  I'm not sure how what
> kind of questions a person asks matters, we have people who've never held
> a soldering iron to people that can design entire boards (or programs)
> and everything in between.  The kinds of questions asked tend to depend
> on the person's experience and education.
>> To me, that doesn't mean one doesn't belong here, but rather the knowledge
>> required to write and debug software code is far outside of the scope of
>> most people on this list. It's a lot more specialized, and a lot harder to
>> understand. At least in the basic fundamentals of Synth building.
>> I can take a cool vco from here, an adsr, another person's filter, etc and
>> build a little hardware modular with a little help from this list. I can
>> not do the same in software.
> I can and do use basic DSP blocks the same way I would use ADSRs, VCAs,
> filters etc. to  make a hardware design.
>> ie. Take a filter from this softsynth package, take a vco from this other
>> package, grab this old adsr from the cool program that ran on my Amiga,
>> etc...
> Like a VCO might need some rework to make it work on +/- 12v instead of
> +/- 15v, I take such code and rework it to fit my design.  I see far more
> similarity than I do differences and I find the differences to be trivial.
> -- ScottG

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