Just wanted to keep you updated on the slow but good progress of my hardware step-sequence controller for renoise, Step Brother 16. In this example the step buttons of the SB16 send midi CC messages (over USB -> SerialMidi -> MidiYoke) to my custom Renoise Tool. I also change sample/note on the SB16 keyboard, and those notes are added to a separate column.
Check it out here;
There is still lots of work to be done…
That thing looks awesome, nice work!
I love DIY electronics and i have made a few analog noise makers, square wave sequencers and stuff, but i haven’t made any digital electronics yet, i really want to try that some time.
I know close to nothing about programming though, so i guess i need to learn the basics.
Where did you get the LED switches, those look awesome? Probably a lot more expensive than my usual cheap ebay switches though.
I struggle to find cheap parts that is also of good quality…hmm maybe that’s why they’re cheap?
Get yourself an Arduino. It’s easy to set up and there are tons of tutorials and code to get you started. Sure, with no programming experience it can be a bit tricky, but there’s an extremely nice community there to help you out.
Yeah, buttons, knobs, casing, all that stuff is extremely expensive. Those buttons were the cheapest ones I could find that still were Roland TR-808:ish. $3.25 from mouser, and the led is included. And with a little drilling you can fit them on a standard 2,54 mm experiment board. Although I have to spray paint them to get the design i want
Maybe i will when my economy is on an upward swing.
Got a lot of parts for analog electronics now though and i kinda work on some sort of bass pedal organ combined with guitar effects, but i would also like to have some percussion in there too for the complete one-man-band instrument, but i can’t figure out yet how to synthesize decent drum sounds with analog circuits so maybe i’ll have to make a similar sequencer to yours or just a simple sampler with loops.
you should design a cool enclosure, build a batch of ten, and sell them to us !
If you could be able to finish this and provide some instructions I’d be very interested in building one myself!
Yeah, it is a DIY project. I aim at making everything as simple and standard:ish as i can, and I will provide schematics, source code, parts list etc.
Also, the hardware/arduino part sends and recieves midi, so it can be used with any DAW that can be extended like Renoise. I think Live has some scripting as well, right?