[chuck-users] eChucK Update
inventor-66 at comcast.net
Mon Nov 16 05:44:41 EST 2009
Hi, you may recall that I wrote some time ago about this eChucK project
that I dreamed up. It had some fits and stumbles at first, but now the
concept is evolving into actual products. The first board didn't
really work out for various reasons so I basically took a $130 hit and
cut my losses, giving three boards out for free to people who might
make use of them. Oh well, you win some you lose some.
The second board is extremely simple. It is a little postage-stamp
sized breakout board designed to hold one chip plus discreet parts and
solid wire interconnect. We can make sound sculptures by connecting
these populated boards with the wire and arranging them in 3D. I had
100 boards made for $225 and sold 42 of them so far for $2.50 each, a
modest 10% markup due to it being a prototype and all that. I have
ordered parts to build two types of sculptures: Chiphenge and Tie
Next on the horizon is a Karplus Strong board implemented as an analog
circuit. Just yesterday I completed the prototype in breadboard form
and I cannot express how satisfying it was to listen to guitar and
percussion sounds, and it even does a pretty good motor cycle / chain
saw sound, heh. I spent most of Sunday afternoon broadcasting test
audio of it on my internet radio port to friends, who really enjoyed
the variety of sounds that it makes. Next up: order parts then
complete the board design.
Finally, I have a Boolean Sequencer board, a song timer board, and a
clock / battery board planned to round out the selection of
ChucK-inspired eChucK DIY products. It is a lot of fun to put my
engineering knowledge to good use for a change.
Oh, one more thing. There is now an eChucK forum sitting right next to
the ChucK forum on www.electro-music.com, so stop by and have a read if
you like. That's all for now. Keep on ChucKin'.
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