Using Arduino and Pd for musical live performance

Connecting an Arduino microcontroller to Pd is no big problem: You can just put Firmata on your Arduino and use the Pduino library for communication on the Pd side. But sometimes Firmata is not the answer to every problem: You may want to turn on the built-in pull-up resistors for digital input pins, you may want to do some calculation on the Arduino before sending a message, or you may want to send a messa ...

Read more

APR9600 Voice Recording and Playback System with JRC286D Chip ICStation Mega 2560 Compatible Arduino

ICStation team introduce you this APR9600 voice recording and playback system used in elevator based on the ICStation Mega2560 compatible with Arduino. It uses DC5V voltage to work. When you press the different keys, the loudspeaker will sound that which floor you arrive. This design uses a APR9600 voice chip as the core of the circuit and realizes the function of auto recording and playback. It uses power ...

Read more

Making the TFF: a dress that gets excited when tweeted

The idea of this dress comes from a series of tweets with online friends @shineslike and @arduinogirl.  @shineslike and I had taken a half day Arduino workshop given by @arduinogirl at the MCN 2011 conference. I was immediately inspired creatively by the sensory and interactive opportunities. Over the next few months I struggled with the electronics learning curve, but my ever supportive online friends real ...

Read more

Talking Pumpkin

So my boss came to me one last week and said he wanted to scare the trick-or-treaters who came to his home, and the kids who would come to work during a special Halloween Walk the community does. Thus was born the talking pumpkin. In short, I used an Arduino, an SD card read/writer, and an ultrasonic sensor to trigger a sound byte when the kids walk past our pumpkin… something they would not expect. If you ...

Read more

Hear your plant make music! – Ethernet version

This walk-through will show you how to build a sensor to monitor your plant's environment and use Stats in Sound's ERC-20 app to turn this data into music, allowing you to listen to your plant's reaction to it's environment.  For more information on this project, please visit www.statsinsound.org.uk. Below is a sample of music generated by the ERC-20 app, monitoring a happy healthy chilli plant. You will ne ...

Read more

Making sound (noise) machines using Arduino

As a part of being an artist in residence at Instructables, I took it upon myself to build of couple of noise machines / music boxes. My interest lies in designing objects that would enable people to explore the world of sound synthesis and for me to get a better understanding on how the different interfaces enables different interactions and sound qualities. It has been an intense experience. Trying to bui ...

Read more

Play Music using Arduino Esplora

This example shows how to play notes on the buzzer mounted on the Arduino Esplora. Buzzers can generate different audio signals in audible frequency ranges. A note is an audio signal at a specific frequency. If you know the frequency of the notes you want to play, you can start to compose a melody. In this example, you move the slider to generate different notes, and play them by pressing the down push-butt ...

Read more

Orange mePod

Firstly, why would I make a music player when one can be purchased for so little and Apple iPods are so great?  Well, I'll tell you.  After several cheap MP3 clones have died due to their Lipo batteries and my cracked, inoperable screen on my current iPod touch; I've had it with locked down devices that I can't fix and or change.  Also Adafruit's Wave Shield is by far my favorite Arduino shield and I just c ...

Read more

CustomKeys using an Arduino

CustomKeys is a customizable, Arduino-based, polyphonic synthesizer. The CustomKeys keyboard uses capacitive touch sensing - each key is made of a conductive material which, when touched, signals the synthesizer to emit a tone from the speaker. The CustomKeys library allows the user to choose an 8-note musical scale for the keys. Furthermore, users have a creative choice on the body design of their CustomKe ...

Read more

Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC) DAC Theory

A digital to analogue converter takes a series of digital inputs (a string of 1s and 0s, in our case there will be 8 of them like 10011001) and converts it into an analogue output. You see DACs in every digital audio device (MP3 players, CD players) as these all store music in digital form, but need to drive a speaker with an analogue signal. Hence the need to convert the digital data into an analogue signa ...

Read more

Arduino Projects: Digital Audio Recorder

Being able to capture sound, store it and play it over and over again never fails to leave me in awe of its pioneers, from Thomas Edison to Alan Blumlein, the British electrical engineer who, in 1931, invented ‘binaural recording’ – what we now call ‘stereo’. (Never heard of him? Blumlein amassed 128 patents in audio, radar and television that are still in use today, but tragically, was killed in a plane cr ...

Read more

Arduino Project 5: Digital audio player

So far in this series we’ve had a diverse look at how Arduino can interact with a range of real-world devices from servo motors to ultrasonic range finders TVs to humidity sensors. Now we’ll see if we could get the Arduino to make a few sounds. We’ll actually do a bit better than that – we’ll look at the importance of pulse width modulation (PWM) to microcontrollers by building our own digital audio player ...

Read more
Scroll to top