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The Synth Glove: Playing with the Gakken SX-150

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// Good for beginner electronics-er.
// It'll give you some basic know-how for building interfaces.
// If we're being honest, most of this is already in other Ibles, but I liked the idea of bringing together
// these projects.
// The Gakken SX-150 Synth Kit is very rough. By that I mean that it isn't extremely well put together.
// The main thing is the stupid knobs won't stay on!
//But that doesn't matter because we'll be ditching the case immediately.

The rest of this project is really just Plusea's stickytape sensors
http://www.instructables.com/id/Stickytape-Sensors/.
// If you aren't on a low budget as I was, you should try the fancier sensors that she designed.
// So, uh, have fun...blahblah... knock yourself out!
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Step 1: The Mighty Tools (and parts)

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The first thing to get is your parts.
// Pictures below.

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Get the following from LessEMF:
Velostat by 3M http://www.lessemf.com/plastic.html
Conductive Thread http://lessemf.com/fabric.html
Copper Flectron Fabric http://lessemf.com/fabric.html
// This is for your various stickytape sensors.
// Sorry about this, but you will have a ****load of leftover stuff from this.
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Next you'll need the base of our operation:
Gakken SX-150 http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKGK8
// Isn't it pretty?
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Now, we should get some tools:
// Look, these are just the tools I used. Scroll down and check out the following steps because I'm
// sure you have the majority if not all of these in or out of multi-tool form.
My Swiss Army Knife
My Trusty Leatherman Kick
Tools for soldering
// Again, you really just need screwdrivers, knife, scissors, and soldering tools. Correct me if I
forgot anything.
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All that's left are some misc. parts:
One pushbutton
// Got mine from Radioshack: SPST Momentary Mini Pushbutton Switch, but others will work too.
One battery pack for 4x AA batteries with respective batteries.
// You can get this in the same trip as the above pushbutton at Radioshack.
Pack of at least four alligator clip wires.
// I can't remember the real word for these. They just make life easier. A lot easier. I got them in
// different colors. Also a Radioshack thing.
Case for button
// Mine was an old remote control for some toy or RC car. Anything you can open up and make
// room for the pushbutton is fine.
Duct Tape
// If you don't have this just around the house, I cry for you. I guess it could be regular stickytape...
// if you're boring.
One Glove
// Fine get a pair of gloves. You only need one, though. I got some nice workman's gloves.
}

// Give a holla if you find some cheaper or better alternatives.
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thepelton5 years ago
How about virtual modeling clay?
aesopiankitty (author)  thepelton5 years ago
experiment my man. i would think it would be fine if you can figure out how to. it's all about variable resistance. the sensors have a changing level of resistance and that change chooses the pitch. if you can get modeling clay to produce variable resistance your in the clear. or at least i think so. good luck, TAK
thepelton5 years ago
This thing keeps crashing when I try to download it. It asks me to customize it, then refuses to download when I don't omit something even though I don't want to omit anything. Please fix it!
aesopiankitty (author)  thepelton5 years ago
hold up a second. what are you trying to download?
I was trying to download a copy of the instructions to my flash drive. It seems to have been fixed now. I think it was a problem with the modifications to the saving routine.
juicyjay5 years ago
Nice fart machine you got there buddy :)
aesopiankitty (author)  juicyjay5 years ago
hahaha. damn, i was hoping nobody would notice it sounds terrible..... maybe the video wasnt a great idea...
aesopiankitty (author)  aesopiankitty5 years ago
honestly the point is learning about interfaces not making something pretty... cause it is goddamned hideous sounding thanks anyways and keep the j's juicy
Trebawa5 years ago
Hmm... I wonder if you could make a glove-based theremin with one glove for volume and one for pitch?
aesopiankitty (author)  Trebawa5 years ago
that could easily work by the same method.