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Crogmatron Mk 1

Crogmatron Mk 1

Crogmatron Mk 1

So I’ve been working on a new instrument recently, currently nicknamed the “Crogmatron”. It’s an array of 5 range sensors with LEDs that provide visual feedback, and it sends MIDI notes and CC messages depending on how you use it. I’m using an Arduino to control it all via the usb interface code found here: http://hunt.net.nz/users/darran/weblog/52882/Arduino_UNO_MIDI_USB_version_02.html

I’ll skip to showing it in use:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CClg0NCSM9o&w=420&h=315]

The above video demonstrates it being used to control effects on an audio track (Music Provided by Eddie Palmer at Opsound.org).

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT6GVh8F5Cc&w=560&h=315]

The above video demonstrates it being used to trigger and control a VST synthesiser and audio effects.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI_FR9OZ7ho&w=420&h=315]

And finally, a dubstep style synth, with oscillation frequency (the wab wab) being controlled by distance.

There’s a number of possibilities that are opened up by this – I’m just getting started, and I have plans to both improve this one and build a better version. If you think of any interesting applications, let me know!

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