On Saturday 2 November 2013 Vito Caiata, Federica Sabatini from www.coomposer.com and the Fork-o-Drumbot are going to play at this beautiful event “Singing Balconies of Friedrichshain“, organized by Polly & Bob.
We will play be in Oderstrasse 19, around 18:40.
Check it out and look for “Tour rot“, “Federica und Vito spielen und präsentieren ihr Fork-o-drumbot“.
Here below a test run of the instrument a few days ago 🙂
The first thing I needed was the Arduino itself. I like the idea of supporting an Italian open source project, so I bought an official Arduino Leonardo. It´s good quality and not too expensive in my opinion. I bought it from here.
For the rest the criteria was: cheap, available and reusable. I selected all the components from Farnell and I have filtered first for electrical characteristics, then for price, and last for availability in stock. Usually the last two come at the same time. Continue reading
As soon as I had the components in my hands, I was so excited that took the soldering pen and in a hurry I have mounted this:
I felt lucky and I was so anxious to have everything working in my hands, that I have mounted everything directly on a perfboard, in order to see those leds blinking. Well, don´t do something like that. It´s simply stupid. If it´s not working (which is very probable when it´s a first attempt), then what you have is a mute soldered brick in front of you, and no easy way to find the problem. Continue reading
I have learnt programming microcontrollers in high school, with assembler and an 8-bit ZiLOG Z8 microcontroller. I have done something with PIC84 series in the past, but nothing really finished and working. I was waiting for the right opportunity to start using Arduino. Continue reading