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987 Alesis Micron
This is one of the cutest, smallest, yet most powerful synths I've ever put my hands on! The Micron is the sequel to the popular Ion, and while it can be considered as the Ion's younger brother, it actually has a few enhancements that are absent on the big bro. This is a very clean, precise, sparkly and definitely virtual analog (or analog modeled) sounding synth. Eight voices of polyphony are plenty for these types of units, but we would always want more. The synth engine is the same as the Ion though, but extra and welcome features include sequencing, arpeggio, and great on board percussion, and the ability to build patterns. The Micron really sounds bigger than it looks: while personally I feel that the character of its synth engine leans on the more digitally precise DSP side of virtual analog technology, it's certainly capable of huge, warm and fat sounds. The main panel is logically laid out and easy to understand. At the very left, a big red knob offers volume control; the two "m1" and "m2" sliders provide useful modulation control, typically (but not always) vibrato and filter cutoff. The three knobs labeled "x", "y" and "z" also offer way of modulating sounds, and can (ought to) be assigned to your favorite parameters. Two octave buttons, and other useful commands such as tap (tempo) and latch (sustains the notes) occupy the space at the left of the two-line backlit green display. Finally, a multi-function matrix with push-down knob serve as the central nerve system of the machine, letting you easily access programs, setups, configurations, patterns and rhythms. You do the programming by turning the knob to view the various editing pages. In all, it's simple to program, and the manual does a fantastic job of being easy to follow and easy to understand.
http://www.synthmania.com/micron.htm

986 Arduino Blog » Blog Archive » CHEAP, FAT and OPEN
synth Jacob Remin, at CIID will present on August 27th, his Arduino-compatible sound synth. There are many projects out there aiming musicians that use Arduino’s IDE as a programming platform, but Jacob’s wins them all when it comes to the PCB’s shape. Take a look at the picture here and explore his thesis’ blog for more information and videos where he shows the system at its full power. (c) 2009 Cheap, Fat, and Open by J. Remin As for today he hasn’t published the videos using the final PCB, yet. However you can get a sneak preview to how it will be to play with it at the prototype he hand-wired using bits and pieces from a Stylophone, an LCD, some buttons, and other parts.
http://arduino.cc/blog/2009/08/25/cheap-fat-and-open/

773 Tactile Switches | bustedgear.com TRITON
Menu of tactile switches for musical instrument keyboards, for sale using PayPal BUY NOW buttons. These switch replacements fix worn-out or broken buttons on instruments manufactured by Korg, Roland, Kurzweil, and Yamaha
http://www.bustedgear.com/part_switch_tactile.html#SWTAP2

552 Highly Liquid: MIDI Retrofits: MIDISpeak: Speak & Spell MIDI Retrofit
MIDISpeak 2 Talking Toy MIDI Retrofit $42.95 - MIDISpeak 2 In Stock. Assembly Service: $29.95 Qty: Support Forum - Blog Entries For installation service, contact Class A Electronics or Alien-Devices. Features Use MIDI to trigger thousands of sounds—words, word fragments, garbled speech, percussion and bizarre sound effects Trigger sounds in a controlled, repeatable manner Works with Speak & Spell (American or British), Speak & Read, Speak & Math, La Dictée Magique (French), Grillo Parlante (Italian), and Buddy (German) Use toy's headphone jack or speaker for audio output User-selected MIDI input channel Assembly service optional Sample Audio Sounds triggered from Speak & Math using a midi keyboard Speak & Math percussion loop Speak & Math loop repeated at increasing tempo Speak & Math sounds The phrase "say it", looped repeatedly at decreasing tempo The word "answer", using normal synthesis, then slow synthesis Operation ROM Mode Trigger synthesis with MIDI notes. 128 banks of sounds. Keypad Mode MIDI notes 50-89 control keypad buttons; notes 90-92 control "glitch" triggers. Kit Contents Printed circuit board All required components Standard MIDI jack & mounting screws Adhesive foam pad See Also Hook-Up Wire
http://highlyliquid.com/kits/midispeak/

426 steampunk brass synthesizer blows my mind on [technabob]
I always thought analog synthesizers were inherently retro. Just not quite this retro. This unbelievable steampunk modular synthesizer features tons of dials and intricate brass etching throughout. All of the buttons and knobs were hand lathed, and the synth includes a number of antique parts as well. audio, geek art + craft, retro, strange + wonderful, technology, analog, brass, handmade, music, sound, steampunk, synthesizer
http://technabob.com/blog/2009/06/26/steampunk-brass-synthesizer-blows-my-mind/

277 50 (More) Excellent Mini Icon Sets | Icons
When it comes to GUI and navigation design, we need our buttons to be relatively small, simple and yet descriptive. There is no room for text or complex Design, Technology, Web, Blog, Photoshop, Icon, Wordpress, Tool, Inspiration, Photography, Graphic, Wallpaper, Information, Tips, Google, Twitter, Facebook
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/mini-icon-sets/

235 MATRIXSYNTH: Alesis Andromeda A6 Aurora Mod
This was a custom mod. I originally put a post up in August of 05 here. Anyone know the website where more info on this mod is hosted? I accidentally lost the link when mucking around with Blogger's settings a while back. This image via Photobucket Update: I found the original site but it is down. Some info and additional shots pulled from the Internet Archive Way Back Machine. You can find some thumbnails there, but most give you a 404 if you click on them for the larger shot. I pulled the large pics below before they are gone forever. "Alesis made Synthesis History when they released their Alesis Andromeda A6, an analog polysynth bred with new technology and classic analog sound! Sixteen awesome voices with two types of filters, a vast modulation system, and enough bells and whistles to make the Andromeda A6 THE most highly featured analog polysynth in existence. If it only had a sloped panel... SPECS: * Take one Andromeda, lightly used (but out of warranty - very important!) * Add one black on blue BETA Panel - because the pre-production beta panels were lacking the Pre- and Post-Filter Mix VIEW buttons, either the buttoncaps must be pulled off of the switches on the PCBs OR two holes need to be carefully drilled through the panel to accomodate. I drilled the holes after measuring about fifteen times each. * Tilt that panel at approx. the same slope as the Korg MS-20. Requires the extending of a couple of ribbon cables inside, and some pop-rivetted braces. Not too hard. * Custom wood endcheeks of nice Oak, plus a wood accent over the keyboard. I chose to go with thick, high quality wood to make Aurora more of a beast. * Replace all green LEDs with red high-intensity ones. This also required changing some resistor values to increase the brightness. * Replace the LCD with a Hantronix Blue-on-White display. Also, some resistor changes are needed. * Have a very agreeable Alesis burn a custom Boot EPROM with the custom-designed bootup screen below. * Build a custom top panel, complete with several additional controls (two joysticks, several switches and knobs) as well as a full 16-channel mixer with level and pan per channel, one for each of the 16 individual outs on the Andromeda. * Add lots of careful, hard work and time, and PRESTO - you have the Aurora A6! The Name: I went with Aurora for a couple of reasons. 1. Alliteration - AurorA - AndromedA - get it? 2. There is some legend/lore as to how the Alesis Andromeda got its name. Could be related to the Greek mythos. Could be related to the Andromeda galaxy. Could be darts thrown at dictionary pages :-) In any case, Aurora fits with the mythology bent because in Roman mythology, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn (Andromeda was rescued and married by Perseus in Greek mythos). Aurora also fits the 'celestial' thing as well, as the Aurora Borealis. Either way, it kept with what might have perhaps been Alesis' reasons for naming the Andromeda. 3. I just liked it. 4. The A6 is kept because this fits with Alesis' naming convention (QS8 = 81-key QuadraSynth, A6 = 61-key Analog). There is some rumor that A6 was a play on ASICs, the custom chips within Andromeda, but I'm assured this is just rumor :-) "
http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/2010/01/alesis-andromeda-aurora.html

140 A.Ruzanov - Flashblock for Opera 9
UserJS-only version: FlashBlock.js (press Ctrl+Shift+F or Ctrl+Alt+F for permanent unblocking on the site; use Ctrl+Click for saving flash-video). All versions for Opera 8-10: Flashblocker.zip Replaces Flash objects with a button you can click to view them. Two variants: with text and graphic buttons. And simple variant, without buttons. Based on Flashblock for FF and GspuSi Flash blocker for Opera 9.
http://my.opera.com/Lex1/blog/flashblock-for-opera-9

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