Ordered a soldering iron, a bunch of capacitors, resistors, breadboards. I already have an Arduino Uno. Also ordered two Teensy 4.0 and two audio shields. Working from the "Arduino for Musicians" book to learn both the digital and analog side.
Sweet! Do you have any specific plans already? I’ve got the Teensy and Audio Adaptor in my shopping basket as well at the moment. The Teensy Audio Library and its visual, almost code-free Design Tool is so fun and easy!
Yeah, I plan to build a 4U/5U modular synth, basically Kosmo format in size. Kosmo has 20cm tall panels at multiples of 2.5cm wide. I just want a large format, better for performance, and much easier on my eyes. I want to lean heavily on digital. I prefer the purity of waveform, tracking and stability of digital.
I plan to work on a complex digital oscillator first. The drag and drop audio library is nice. He has rectifiers, waveshapers and all that. n fact I ought to just build my own Triple Waveshaper!
The thing about Teensy is your restricted to 3.3V. Eurorack/Kosmo use +/-12V. Moog uses +/-15V. AE modular is 5V. I'm not sure what I want to do in term of power supply. I suppose it does't matter as they all have a 5V rail, but 3.3V is not much range. However, 16-bit audio is a lot of resolution.
I'm excited to hear how your project progresses. I'm getting ready to use the Raspberry Pi Pico and some of the Adafruit boards which run circuit python at 3.3v logic and have been thinking through ways to get them to play nice with the 5v AE Modular standard.
I would go for arduinos but boy-oh-boy the c/c++ is hard on my brain.
Post by keurslagerkurt on Apr 6, 2021 14:14:09 GMT
Python is def easier than C, and Python is also documented really well online because lots of ppl use it as open source coding platform. It's the future!
If I'd had the place, I think I'd go Kosmo too, just gives you less headaches considering fitting everything, having enough knobs on the panel etc. Love the punk-ish vibe of it all too. Very excited to see what you come up with, and don't forget to have fun in the first place!
Don't know if you know Eddy Bergman, but he has a ton of protoboard Kosmo style builds on his blog that seem very very nice:
Happy you mentioned Eddy's web site. I've been looking at it for several weeks now. Since I like a more west-coast sound, I like that he has wavefolders, AR EGs and such.
Nice! I remember when I started out DIY-ing, about 1.5y ago he only had a few modules on his blog (maybe eight or something?). The speed at which he's churning out quality modules is very impressive. I also love how he uses these big proto panels instead of stuffing it all in an as small as possible package, makes it way easier to follow.
If I did not live in a small appartement since last year, I would probably have tried to build a row of his modules. They sound so good too. Still have the large protoboards sitting in my drawer haha
Is Python easier to use than C/C++? I have no idea.
I find it to be so but from what I head arduino isn't too hard to learn either. C/C++ (arduino language is a simpler version of c/c++) has a significant speed advantage over python due to the way it runs, but with boards like the raspberry pi pico and some of adafruit's boards I'm interested to see if there's enough processing power to make it work python style.