Archive for March 2011

version 4.5 submitted

version 4.5 has been submitted for a limited test run. Here are the improvements:

0. using eagle cad pro, so that means I now have schematics!
1. highly rectilinear PCB component placement. Obey the grid.
2. surface mount headers for critical pins on the arduino mega. assuming I can get them soldered easily, this will solve the major assembly problem I was embarrassed by on previous versions. (H/T: Kevin… thanks for bringing these to my attention)
3. improved hackable mini protoboard area.
4. improved hackable pins on arduino mega headers.
5. holes for support legs on faders.
6. improved spacing of ledtacts and associated resistors.. should make assembly a little easier.
7. moved the arduino mega’s USB port closer to the edge of the board.
8. WAY improved beatseqr branding on the board.
9. silkscreen on both sides!
10. improved extra pin access to faders and potentiometers.
11. squeezed a piece of art onto the board. It is contained inside the LCD cutout area, so as long as I don’t plow right into it, it should be a really cool limited edition. (5 pieces)
12. included holes to mechanically affix the arduino mega to the board. The units I’ve shipped so far have had problems staying plugged in, and this should solve that problem.

Otherwise, this version, pin-out-wise, is the same as version 4. I’ll be working on changing some things from here, but this version was designed to get me back up to speed on my new tool set.

No jokin’ around. I barely have a clue what’s going on with Cadsoft Eagle. I had never used it for anything before this version of beatseqr, so I have no idea what the results are going to be. I’ll have to retool just about every other aspect of production as a result of making the switch from Advanced Circuits’ PCB Artist on windows to Eagle CAD on the Mac, but I think this is going to pay off in the long run. I want to start making mutations of this board, and I just couldn’t see the way forward any more with PCB Artist. Ironically, Advanced Circuits still had the best price for the PCB fabrication needs I have at this time, so not a total loss for them.

So, now I wait for my submission to clear DFM checks and head into production. Then I wait for my boards to show up. Then I need to build one out and verify everything works. If it does, then I have to redesign the CNC tooling for the PCB cutouts and the case completely, then redesign the silicone button mold and produce it in machinable wax. I have no idea what the state of my silicone parts are in, so could be ugly on that front.

There are a couple few other things I need to figure out too. I probably need to reorder some parts. I haven’t found LRF support that I like. Nothing seems to stick to this PCB case, so I’ll have to source some I can mechanically fasten to the case or, much worse, fabricate a solution myself.

Anyway, three of these units will be probably be available for USD$349 plus shipping and export duties where applicable. It’s going to take me a while to dial all the fabrication steps in, but hopefully by the end of april 2011, there will be some units available.

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RT @stevecooley: MORE Robert Hood!! http://is.gd/PyC3KD @unsaturated @boxbanga

amen RT @unsaturated: Listen to Robert fucking Hood: http://t.co/FHOu8l0

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amen RT @unsaturated: Listen to Robert fucking Hood: http://www.youtube.com/watch...
amen RT @unsaturated: Listen to Robert fucking Hood: http://t.co/FHOu8l0


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-03-27

  • My piece is going up for auction soon…. C'mon baby, raise some cash for charity. #
  • $325 raised for works san jose!! Sweet! http://t.co/GtYEIRL #
  • amen! RT @WorksSanJose: Thank you to all volunteers, bidders and buyers at the 2011 Benefit Auction! #
  • I've never been happier to have a kit I put together do nothing interesting when I powered it up. #Geiger #
  • I'm in drobo purgatory. Not quite hell. Not exactly pleasant. Very seriously thinking about going back to a simpler raid0 setup. #
  • DAAAAAMN, dude!! soundthru 007 http://bit.ly/gC9axR #
  • RT @ben_fry: I'm leaving iOS and Android development behind for the Brother Intellifax 2800 App Store: http://j.mp/hp2YGT #
  • Last night, I noticed that Mr. Noodle's brother Mr. Noodle is in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas! Awesome performance! #
  • Got a snippet problem? CodeBox is awesome. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/codebox/id412536790?mt=12 #
  • Whoa, just identified a vocal sample I heard in a few old hardcore techno tracks from about 5:00 into One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest #

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RT @stevecooley: DAAAAAMN, dude!! soundthru 007 http://bit.ly/gC9axR

beatseqr version 4.5 – in progress

Working on it!!

Alright, so I’ve made some hard decisions. I decided to skip showing at Maker Faire this year. I decided to buy eagle cad. I decided to scale back my ambitious product road map. I decided to learn how to walk before I try running in Eagle. Basically, I decided that the pace I was developing beatseqr at was pretty tough to keep up, so I’ve decided to give myself some time to lay the foundation first.

But, I am making progress. Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest! I’m really encouraged by your feedback, and I’m chipping away at the tasks so I can get something ready for sale.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-03-20

  • zjru, fof upi rbrt dysty yu[omh and then discover your hands were in the wrong place? #
  • I wonder if there's a tau plugin for #processing #
  • Congrats to my brother in law @peaceinvisible on getting accepted into the MFA program at the American Film Institute! #investnow #
  • ya know? @somesndswelike: Thank you, Steve Jobs, for giving the world more options beyond having to listen to Bon Jovi. http://aol.it/idKQEx #
  • Showing off an iOS app I wrote to my VP and his staff today. Oooooh demo gods pleeeeaase hear my call… shine your light on me today! #
  • It's now 0ºC in some parts of Japan. This is heartbreaking. You can donate to the red cross in itunes.

    http://bit.ly/hFyIOP #

  • Doo doo da doo doot. You got neeew Mac. #
  • OR .. You could give that 15 bucks a month to a *not for profit* news organization. #
  • TONIGHT! Works/San Jose art auction! Preview here: http://www.workssanjose.org/auction/2011/index_photowall.php #

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Exactly! RT @toddbert: RT @Mike_Doughty_: Jon Bon Jovi is a big dummy: http://mkdo.co/post/3879934734

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Exactly! RT @toddbert: RT @Mike_Doughty_: Jon Bon Jovi is a big dummy: http://mkdo.co/post/3879934734


Thank you, Steve Jobs, for giving the world more options beyond having to listen to Bon Jovi. http://aol.it/idKQEx

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Thank you, Steve Jobs, for giving the world more options beyond having to listen to Bon Jovi. http://www.tuaw.com/2011...


RT @matrixsynth: RIP Mr. Tsutomu Katoh – Founder of KORG http://bit.ly/hyJLEC

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RT @matrixsynth: RIP Mr. Tsutomu Katoh - Founder of KORG http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/2011...


SOUNDTHRU 006 !! http://bit.ly/eclOIV

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-03-13

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Derek Scott was tearin’ it up last night!!! Watch the replay: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/13167970

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Derek Scott was tearin' it up last night!!! Watch the replay: http://www.ustream.tv/recorde...


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-03-06

  • Look what I'm putting up for the Works/san jose art auction 😀 http://yfrog.com/gzu36cgj #
  • Cuticles! … HUH! … good gawd… What are they good for? #
  • Holy hell, super mega worm used to be so much more fun to play. #
  • You know that scene in 2001 where the primitive man first uses the bone to club a primitive pig? Today, that primitive man is me. #cocoa #
  • "The Technique for Static Row Content" Maaaaaaan, dang. See? Primitive man. #
  • Sony should be embarrassed at how lame their Sony style store experience is. It's not why they're losing, but part of why. #
  • Wired author thinks it would be nice to hold up an iPad 2 to take still pictures and wins "fastest typing before thinking about it" award #
  • I'll be showing off Beatseqr at the DIY Instrument Tailgate Party at Stanford on Sunday April 10, from noon-4pm. http://bit.ly/f7fueJ #
  • Wow! Two pretty decent digital DJ'ing apps on the Mac App Store … AND THEY'RE BOTH FREE http://bit.ly/dVA07b http://bit.ly/hcyEyh #
  • Ah, ALL of my calendars are cleaned up. For me, totally worth $5 — http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calendar-cleaner/id411372497?mt=12 #
  • In way over my head tonight. http://t.co/azWyysX #

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Haptic Synapses live on the Eclektronik Groove

A couple of weeks ago we played on KZSU’s Eklectronik Groove. Huge thanks to Holt Sorenson for setting us up and hosting us!

Here’s the whole set:
Haptic Synapses live on the Eclektronik Groove, KZSU Stanford 90.1

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