Arduino MIDI VS1003 or VS1053 Synth

This is a minor update to my Arduino MIDI VS1003 Synth and Arduino MIDI VS1053 Synth projects.  I mentioned that as part of the VS1003 support the code should be configurable for either the VS1003 or VS1053 modules, but at the time the VS1053 support was untested. It is now tested!  Read on for details. Warning! I strongly … Continue reading Arduino MIDI VS1003 or VS1053 Synth

Lo-Fi Orchestra – Procession of the Nobles

The Lo-Fi Orchestra presents the Procession of the Nobles from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera-ballet Mlada.  This is a piece that I really don't hear played very much, but has a lot of appeal to me. This really features the quartet of the Arduino MIDI Multi-Tone Module on the brass fanfares. This has been programmed in from scratch … Continue reading Lo-Fi Orchestra – Procession of the Nobles

Lo-Fi Orchestra – Venus from The Planets

Inspired by the legendary Tomita, the Lo-Fi Orchestra presents Venus from Gustav Holst's Planets Suite. This features the Arduino MIDI R2R Digital Audio for the soft opening and the Arduino MIDI VS1053 Synth with a guitar sound as the "harp" and later the celeste.  This performance really starts to show the limitations of the Lo-Fi approach to … Continue reading Lo-Fi Orchestra – Venus from The Planets

Lo-Fi Orchestra – Those Magnificent Men (in their flying machines)

The Lo-Fi Orchestra presents the theme from the 1965 film "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" by Ron Goodwin.  This is an arrangement originally for brass band, but unfortunately I've not been able to find the original arranger's name. https://youtu.be/gtHRl80DfFs All music rights and copyright with original authors, composers, producers, artists, and so on. … Continue reading Lo-Fi Orchestra – Those Magnificent Men (in their flying machines)

MIDI, CircuitPython, CPX and Pi Pico

Inspired by my initial play with the Raspberry Pi Pico and MicroPython, I wanted to also see what I could do with both the Micro:bit and my Adafruit Circuit Playground Express MIDI-wise too.  Both are 3.3V boards and both can run a variant of MicroPython - either native or using the Adafruit version - CircuitPython. … Continue reading MIDI, CircuitPython, CPX and Pi Pico

MIDI, MicroPython and the Raspberry Pi Pico

It was an exciting day on Thursday this week on Twitter.  I was able to watch the release of the Raspberry Pi Foundation's new microcontroller board, the Raspberry Pi Pico and it looks like it will have lots of features that will be of interest for Simple DIY Electronic Music Projects. And the best bit?  … Continue reading MIDI, MicroPython and the Raspberry Pi Pico

LOLShield MIDI Step Sequencer – Part 2

I wanted to experiment with different scales and tempos with my LOLShield MIDI Step Sequencer but naturally didn't want to keep having to recompile and redownload sketches onto the Arduino, so some kind of control was in order. However the LOLShield uses all the IO apart from RX/TX, which are used for the MIDI, but I … Continue reading LOLShield MIDI Step Sequencer – Part 2

Arduino MIDI 7 Segment Controller – Part 2

As mentioned in my previous post,  the Arduino MIDI 7 Segment Controller is ripe for turning into a self-contained module.  To keep it all relatively small, I opted to build an add-on board for an Arduino Nano. Warning! I strongly recommend using old or second hand equipment for your experiments.  I am not responsible for any … Continue reading Arduino MIDI 7 Segment Controller – Part 2