Saturday, I hooked up the Raspberry Pi to a MIDI connector, and then hooked that up to an Arturia synth: we now have end-to-end MIDI from the Pi to a MIDI device. Baud rates worked out, note on and note off signals went through as intended (although I sent them on the wrong channel). That […]
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I keep referring to “the MIDI pedals,” and that’s kinda verbose (and silly, and… and…) So after some gentle prodding by a co-worker, I decided to name the project: Alcyone. There are two variants, as befits a project named after a binary star: Alcyone Alpha (the Arduino version) and Alcyone Beta (the Pi version, which […]
I need to rethink how I’m implementing the foot controller. In a digital age, relying on analog readings for input events – especially when those readings aren’t consistent – is suboptimal. Plus, when I ripped out the resistor ladder that came with the pedals, only to replace it with another resistor ladder… let’s just say […]
One of the things I’ve wanted to have forever is a set of foot controllers, much like the old Moog Taurus 2 from way back when. The Taurus pedals were a standby for a lot of progressive rock bands, like Genesis and Rush. Being able to play more instruments while writing is actually super-useful – […]
When I use RDP (the Remote Desktop Protocol) to access my Windows laptop, MIDI USB devices aren’t recognized by Cubase. It’s odd, because otherwise RDP is working very well for me.
I’ve known for a long time that web++.hpp, while neat, wasn’t exactly the solution I wanted. It feels like a hack, and while I have no problem altering the delivered code in order to get it to do what I wanted… I don’t know, this just doesn’t feel like a long term solution. After some […]
Good news: the Alcyone web service has been tested further, and a set of issues have been repaired. I haven’t found any security holes yet, but tests were very much able to crash the program and, in a few cases, get erroneous results; I was able to send very large numbers and have MIDI_RESET sent […]
I’ve been spending the last few days migrating the Alcyone from Raspbian (the default OS for the Raspberry Pi, chosen because Fedora for the Pi wasn’t read) to, well, Fedora. It’s gone pretty well; I’m walking through the steps I followed for Raspbian, and they’re pretty much the exact same, except for the TTY. Raspbian […]
One of the most persistent questions about the Alcyone is whether it can generate sound in and of itself, as opposed to merely functioning as a MIDI controller. It can’t. And it probably won’t, even though I’d like to be able to use it as a synthesizer some day. There are a few reasons why, […]
One of the things that’s been driving me crazy with respect to the Maker Faire this weekend is audio configuration. I have an M-Audio FastTrack Pro, which is a midrange audio interface – not suited for an ideal recording environment, but certainly good enough for the stuff I do, which doesn’t require much real-world ambient […]