DIY Zynthian flower housing

Nikolaus Gradwohl2020-03-27T03:15:04+00:00

I finished my final version of the Zynthian housing! I went for a spring-theme and spraypainted the housing in green and the lid black to give it a little bit of contrast. And since I start to get wired ideas from all the home office, pandemic isolation, video conferences, and whatnot I also added little flowers. Because why not :-)

zynthian

The hardware is done now - onward to the software adventures! I already started playing with the sample packs that are part of the zynthian project and the dexed lv2 synth - but i still have "adding pd and supercollider patches" on my my todo list.

I also plan to record a video and post some sound demos on soundcloud soon.

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Synth.BT finished

Nikolaus Gradwohl2020-03-26T03:23:59+00:00

I got my Synth.BT package from the kickstarter I participated a while ago on monday - so yesterday I soldered, cut and sanded my passive modular helper thingies and printed the official box for them :-)

Can't wait to use them in a Patch - so music is in the making ;-)

Synth.BT

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DIY Zynthian housing prototype part II

Nikolaus Gradwohl2020-03-13T06:07:07+00:00

I created a new cardboard prototype for my zynthian. This time dino is much more satisfied with the button placement and he also likes the color of the buttons and the bezel :-)

I think this will be the version I drill into the metal front of the housing. Now I need to think about the artwork and a custom color theme for the software to match my buttons

zynthian prototype II

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DIY Zynthian housing prototype

Nikolaus Gradwohl2020-03-11T07:41:37+00:00

I started creating a housing for my diy zynthian - the front panel is currently made of cardboard to allow me to experiment a little bit with the placement of the various components. Dino isn't yet 100% satisfied with the placement of the rotary encoders and I think I will need to 3D print a bezel for my display.

also the artwork on the frontpanel needs to be reworked a little bit :-)

zynthian frontpanel prototype

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DIY Zynthian rotary encoder conntroller board

Nikolaus Gradwohl2020-03-09T06:40:26+00:00

This weekend I finished my self made controller port for the rotary encoders of my DIY zynthian.

I drilled 54 holes, killed one drillbit in the process and learned that a 0.5mm drill bit is to small for soldering pin headers (hint you need 1.2mm for that) then I soldered all the headers and the chip socket, installed the chip - tested all the connections - fixed the broken traces and removed all the solder bridges I created by accident

hooked it up to my pi - and learned that I didn't remove all the solder bridges :-/ so I shortened my 5v and gnd lines on the pi and killed it in the process :-/

But fortunately I had another spare pi - and after some resoldering replacing of components and my pi I finally managed to get the board working and all the rotary encoders work.

zynthian controller board

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DIY Zynthian Prototype

Nikolaus Gradwohl2020-03-02T06:35:18+00:00

I started experimmenting with the Zynthian linux image for a spare Raspberry PI and a touch screen shield that have been sitting unused in my spares drawer. Now I finally managed to get some rotary encoders and a MCP1723 I2C IO-Expander. After some experimenting, sweating, swearing, more experimenting and finally replacing a broken pi I managed to get them running and now I have a super cool first working prototype of my DIY Zynthian

Now I need to create a more permanent solution for my mpc1723 circuit and a proper housing for the whole thing :-)

Zynthian Prototype

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Synth.BT Kickstarter

Nikolaus Gradwohl2020-01-06T09:45:12+00:00

When I was playing with my mother32 and dfam the last time I ran out of mults and started to research passive utilitie modules for my modular - especially diy options but I didn't build them - I ran into this kickstarter project by Robert Jordan and backed it instead :-)

Synth.BT

Snth.BT

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/synth-bt/synthbt-modular-synthesizer-tools

can't wait for them to arrive :-)

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New Track - Waves of Thought Pt 1

Nikolaus Gradwohl2019-10-15T05:37:02+00:00

waves of thought running through my mind as i try to sit and concentrate

Waves of Thought Pt 1

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Phase Shift

Nikolaus Gradwohl2019-06-13T03:31:14+00:00

I made a video for my track "Phase Shift" in processing.

The song is two lines playing the same melody, but with different loop lengths - shifting in and out of phase

The animation was generated from a wild combination of trigonometric and noise functions generating 7200 curve vertices that are slowly changing over time

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new Track - Phase Shift

Nikolaus Gradwohl2019-06-11T05:55:16+00:00

two lines playing the same melody, but with different loop lengths - shifting in and out of phase

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