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Gadget Freak Case #263: Midi Key-tar

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Cabe Atwell
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Midi-based Keytar.
Cabe Atwell   9/18/2014 7:28:15 PM
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Interesting, i'm curious if you could make a drum version of it using pressure pads? Or a whole 'keyboard' band with different keyboard instruments?

 

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Language Changes Over Time
Nancy Golden   9/18/2014 9:15:34 PM
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Very cool project - I will need to show it to my son...thanks for sharing a very cool idea for our inner musician...

Slightly off topic but it is interesting to see that "hack" has taken on a more positive connotation over the years as expressed in this article. In the 90's or even early 2000's just the mention of a hack would make our hackles rise (pardon the pun) because it had a negative connotation since back then hacks were considered prinmarily destructive (versus a patch or mod which would be positive). Today - hacks are much more neutral or even positive as in the case of this gadget freak case.

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Re: Language Changes Over Time
ramjet@metrocast.net   9/19/2014 9:01:11 AM
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Originally I saw Hacking as the negative invasion of computers by unauthorized persons.

Now I see it as nuetral and I find it as a mod that is not as elegant as a finished product.

So to me now, A hack job is a quick try to see if it will work, not the finished Mod to show off to others.

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Re: Language Changes Over Time
Nancy Golden   9/19/2014 12:03:23 PM
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Thanks for your added perspective ramjet - I certainly agree: The Midi Key-tar is a fun home project so it is unlikely to become commercially available and thus remains a hack - but if some entrepeneur decided to manufactre it and mass-market it, the design would then become streamlined for manufacturing and marketing and would no longer be considered a hack...

But I also think it depends on the context. A finished mod may still be a prototype - the final product would have a "revision."

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Re: Language Changes Over Time
Daniyal_Ali   9/21/2014 2:18:17 AM
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I agree Nancy, the word "hack" started off as something dangerous, but now it's just a term used in a context when a thing is used in a different way than it is supposed to be.

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Re: Language Changes Over Time
mrdon   9/21/2014 4:50:06 PM
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Nancy Golden

I agree. This is a really cool project. I'm wondering I could be used with an Arduino or Raspberry Pi  to where these programmable platforms could generate tones instead of using MIDI software. Seems like a good Capstone Project to present to my students for enhancements like the one I just suggested.

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Re: Midi-based Keytar.
mrdon   9/21/2014 4:53:35 PM
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Cabe

Your idea sounds like a good mod for incorporating various instruments into te Midi Key-tar. If an Arduino or Raspberry Pi where used to synthesize the various sounds, the Midi Key-tar could be used to initiate the musical notes. What a great suggestion!

mrdon
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Nice Documentation
mrdon   9/21/2014 5:08:24 PM
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Adam

What a nice way to recycle electronics by repurposing them into musical instruments. The documentation you provided looks greate and reads very nicely. Just wondering why a circuit schematic diagram wasn't include to show the wring of the LEDs to the keyboard pcb?

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Re: Language Changes Over Time
mrdon   9/21/2014 5:11:31 PM
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Daniyal_Ali

I agree. I've also heard that a "Hack" is a clever way (solution) to solve unique problem.

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Re: Language Changes Over Time
mrdon   9/21/2014 5:17:21 PM
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Nancy Golden

I agree. Make Magazine coined the word "Hack" to mean modding a product to do a specific task you want that wasn't intended by the manufacturer. The also promoted "voiding your warranty' to carry out the hack. Now there are hackerspaces established globally with the intent to educate the publc about electronics, kit building, and soldering by way of open/free workshops. Times have changed for the better.

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