Today on BZ Berlin!

Ready for the “Singing Balconies of Friedrichshain” ?

Federica and Vito on BZ Berlin

check out my last article about it here!


Very superstitious!

Live show upcoming!

On Saturday 2 November 2013 Vito Caiata, Federica Sabatini from 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 🙂

This blog is still under construction, I will soon post all the making of, the improvements I will make to it and many other things.


Stay tuned!


Selecting the components

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.

Arduino Leonardo

Arduino Leonardo

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

Struggling with MIDI (four basic suggestions to make your circuits work)

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:

2Midi interface soldered on perfboard

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

The Fork-o-drumbot


Let´s make something with Arduino

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