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Rough Schedule

11/03 - order parts, finalize design, and create housing template
11/10 - finalize housing template, laser cut housing, begin assembly
11/17 - finalize assembly and begin programming
11/24 - finalize programming
12/1 - solve any remaining issues and take care of fine tunings
12/2 - make and practice presentation
12/3 - final presentation
12/4 - documentation


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Original off-the-cuff concept sketches for a modular midi controller, note magnetic connections

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Fine-tuned 3d sketch of the modular midi concept

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Abandoning modular midi for the sake of time and complexity, focusing on a single component

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Current concept sketches for multi-functional midi controller

Research + Info

Examples of other work


The Plan

Unlimited Time + Resources Vision

Elevator Pitch

Materials Needed
* motors (6, one for each disk)
* MOSFETs (6)
* tubes/air hose (24)
* solenoid valves (24):
* 7psi model (might need more):
* air directional control valves:
* arduino (1)
* power source (1?)
* keys/piano/organ interface (faders + buttons + enclosure)
* disks (12)
* enclosures for the disks (6)
* horns? (6)
* also check out air (pneumatic) controls for air rifles, potato canons, pipe organs, etc. shows how to make a homemade check valve with pvc connectors and a bouncy ball.

Next Steps. The next steps are to build a 5-fader, 4-button, 1-motor model, where 4 faders are devoted to air hoses over the individual rings of 1 disk (different pitches) and control the air pressure of each hose, and 1 fader is dedicated to the spin of the motor. The 4 faders could possibly control ball valves to partially open/close the air hoses as opposed to flow, which we do not have a good grasp of how to control (cheaply; a regulator might work). The buttons could also serve as the valve control, or could power on/off the air supply.