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A Maker's Musician!

I'm not hugely into music, but I have just come across Seasick Steve (after an appearance on Top Gear!). The CD of I started Out With Nothing and I Still Got Most of it Left arrived in the mail this morning, and is now playing on my Zen, filed next to Walter Trout. I am gobsmacked. This man has been playing this stuff all my life, and I only just find out?  That's forty years of enjoyment I have missed out on! Not only is he, frankly, amazing, but he'd fit right in here, because he makes and modifies his own instruments : From wikipedia: As well as an electric guitar and self electrified acoustic guitar, Wold owns (and plays) several obscure and personalised instruments, including: The Three-String Trance Wonder - This is a normal guitar that resembles a Fender Coronado, but with only three strings. It has an old Harmony pickup added (with duct tape) and is tuned to G, G and B using an E string in the A position, a D in the G position and a G in the B position. At his gigs, he often tells the story that he bought it for $75 in this condition in Como, Mississippi from a man named Sherman, who later told him he only paid $25 for it the day before. Wold vowed never to add another string, and that he would tour the world telling his story of how Sherman ripped him off. All in good fun as Sherman Cooper is a good buddy, who gave him the guitar having had it nailed to the wall as a decoration. A lot of the time he also adds (while picking up or putting away the guitar) that it is the "...biggest piece of [poo] in the world, I swear". The One-Stringed Diddley Bow - This is a one stringed string instrument played with a slide (He uses an old screwdriver for this purpose). It consists of a 2 foot long 2x4, with a semi-loose piece of broom wire nailed to it at both ends. It was made especially for him by James 'Super Chikan' Johnson. The 'MDM' (Mississippi Drum Machine) - A small wooden box that is stomped upon, providing percussion. It is decorated with a Mississippi motorcycle license plate ("MC33583"), and a small piece of carpet. Roland Cube Amplifier - Placed on a chair to his left and set to the 'tweed' setting. The Morris Minor Guitar - When on the TV show Top Gear, presenter Jeremy Clarkson commented that Steve's car history of over 100 cars included a Morris Minor. Steve then produced a 4-string guitar that his friend had made out of two old hub caps from the Minor joined back-to-back, playing it a little in the episode. Why are still reading this?  Go, listen to it.  Now.

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Musicians of the mandolin and guitar read this

Does anyone if the instruments included in this package ( http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rogue-Acoustic-Guitar-and-Mandolin-Pack?sku=511194 ) are any good? according to the reviewers they sound pretty good. But it seems too good to be true. For reference, i have some guitar experience, and no mandolin experience, and have been wanting to learn both.

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Zomg! My friend is a musician!

Yes, I'm shamelessly promoting one of my friend's youtube channels, because I think his music is really cool. So here I have one of my friends from school who's dream is to become a professional rapper.  He has already released an album with 5 tracks.  I bought a copy from him and his songs turned out to be really cool.  He recently made a Youtube channel, so I figured I'd promote it for him.   Check out his music: www.youtube.com/user/LilSavageTV There are no swear words or explicit lyrics in his songs, in case you guys are worried about that sort of thing.

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How do I make a simple feedback monitor that lets me hear myself when I sing during acoustic sets without an amp?

I am looking for a way to make a feedback monitor that basically feeds sound back from a microphone that is worn on either my shirt or hooked onto an ear piece like you see some musicians wear and feeds directly back into my ear.  I do acoustic sets and often we use no sound equipment or often only one mic. Sometimes I am unable to hear myself. I have a hearing problem like I have a constant cold so my breathing is louder than my voice or my instrument sometimes.  I prefer some kind of clip on mic so I can clip it on either my shirt or my instrument and some kind of earpiece and some kind of self contained pack I can clip on the back of me. Any ideas? I found this product on the  web but it seems way over priced to me. http://www.hearinglosshelp.com/products/pocketalker.htm

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Jamming in Paradise (Puerto Rico) - an invitation for musicians and artists to visit

I live in a little piece of paradise, in the forested mountains of Puerto Rico.  Unfortunately, I don't find many musicians near where I live to improvise music with.  Since I have a guest house for visitors, it would be nice to import some musicians to fill it once in a while.  Also artists and other creative people to play with.   I mostly play tootophone, latabonkers, and a variety of other musical instruments I make.  (Search Instructables for tootophone and latabonkers.)  I lean toward improvisational jazz, but can improvise along with just about anything.  I have some recording capability.   Let me know if you might be interested.  

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Musician - let's collab on I'ble: make your tune mixable-from-phone

I've written a mobile-friendly web-based audio-mixing toy called SynPhonia. You can see a demo at http://j.mp/synpho (from computer or phone). In the demo, I used a sample pack by DJ Vadim  that's available under a Creative-Commons license. If you're a musician and you want such a toy for one of your tunes (because it's fun and because it promotes your music) - we can do this together and write an I'ble about it. If you have a web server that can run all the stuff we need (python cgi, sox, lame) - cool. If you don't - we can do it on my server (no charge. I'm only doing this for fun). Anyone interested? Note [This might be obvious to most of you, but just to be on the safe side]: Your samples will be distributed under one of the Creative Commons licenses (I recommend the by-nc-sa variety, but it's your call). One thing you can't do is use any of the *nd* (no derivatives) licenses, since derivatives are exactly what people will be doing with your music :) This means that people will be able to use your samples in their own music, but they'll need to give you credit (usually this is done by a link, and that's good for your SEO).  They should also conform to other conditions depending on the type of licnese you choose (e.g. you can limit this to non-commercial use by choosing one of the *nc* licenses). Bottom line: If you're too attached to your music to afford such conditions (or if your song is already copyrighted to a non-cc record label), this is not for you :)

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How do i make one of these? how does it work? any Musicians out here?

I saw this on youtube and I want to make it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Iq_ak1M5Eg He MIGHT post a tutorial on this but i am curious on how it works.Read my comment. My youtube username is:schetleftany suggestion?

Question by schetleft    |  last reply


can i sell my music through itune?

I am a musician and a compose i have recorded music audio and video.

Question by kutlane    |  last reply


greatest band/guitarist/bassist/drummers

Once again out of curiosity, what are everyone's opinions on the topic of who/what is/are greatest bands and/or musicians?

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How can I burn CDs from rare live/studio music off the Internet?

For instance, there are thousands of URLs that have interesting musical samples of musicians who drop by the studio for an interview and a live--and often rare--song.

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Robots Rock Out

Add rock musicians to the list of professions in danger of being taken over by robots. This video shows The Trons, a robotic rock group, practicing their music. They take the term "garage band" to a whole new level.Link via Make: Blog

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I play in a band with some seasoned musicians. We played our first gig last saturday and we sounded like )(*?

I play in a band and we have practiced and perfected a lot of material, however our first gig, (last Saturday) did not sound as good as I thought we would sound.  He hooks up stuff to the new mixer and runs it through the The key word here is "sound". Here is a quick overview of our resources. We had a lot of cracking (distortion) going on throughout our performance, thus taking away from our actual abilities and capabilities. *I think we are overloading our poweed mixer. WE have two powered mixers. One is an older model (6) channel mixer and the newer powered mixer has approx 16. The band member who owns all the equipment makes the decisions as to how everything is hooked up. I do have experience and have had college courses on mixers, but am reluctant to say anything about how things should be hooked up. I was thinking maybe we should run vocals through one and all other equipment should run through the new mixer.

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Making a .torrent that downloads from my ftp

I am a musician and wanted to put up my albums on torrent sites.  I use Vuze and can create a .torrent but have no idea how to use the files that are on my ftp server.   Can you guys help me out?

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The Portsmouth Sinfonia - (the sound of metal-scraping against metal...)

Once again I'm browsing coudal.com and I find something interesting. T'internet says: The Portsmouth Sinfonia was a real orchestra founded by a group of students at Portsmouth School of Art in Portsmouth, England, in 1970 — however, the Sinfonia had an unusual entrance requirement. Players had to be either non-musicians, or if a musician, play an instrument that was entirely new to them. Among the founding members was one of their teachers, English composer Gavin Bryars. The orchestra started as a one-off, tongue-in-cheek performance art ensemble but became a cultural phenomenon over the following ten years, with concerts, record albums, a film and a hit single. The impact of the Portsmouth Sinfonia was considerable and their name and reputation has endured even though they last performed publicly in 1979. But listen to 'em... And the rest. E.g. Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy And Satisfaction (Stones)

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Phone guitar

Phone apps are creeping more into the musical space. Famous musicians have been seen using cell phones with apps to play in their shows. Steffest has combined multiple phones into a guitar and can be seen here playing the results. Now I want to see him add an iPad for the guitar body and make the entire thing touchscreen. via Make

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problem with the player or with the laptop?

Could you help me to solve this problem.I'm a musician and I I use a laptop .when my laptop is connected with the amplifiers ,while working  the player  stops playng for a minuit  and then goes on.I tried and changed the players ,I tried at home without amplifiers and it worked fine.what may be the reoson?what do you think?soundcard or what?please help me....

Question by KaterinaK8    |  last reply


We need a music contest!!!

I think that we need some kind of contest involving music! Instructables has had contests for photography, robotics, baking, biking, yo-yoing, and many others... so why hasn't there been one about music? There are many aspiring musicians here of Instructables and I think that we need our time to shine. That's my two cents.

Topic by sk8bordgeek    |  last reply


Anyone have an instructable or know how to make a theramin?

I remember seeing theremins on talent shows in the old black and white TV days. Theremins were boxes with a vertical rod and a horizontal rod. The musician played the theremin by moving his hands across the rods without touching them. The sounds produced were were akin to synth music. I suppose one could program a synthesizer to do the same but I want to build a theremin.

Question by hunter47    |  last reply


Nickname for my bass guitar

I have decided to name my bass guitar (like you hear all the famous musicians do), and i want some help brainstorming. Details about my bass: Really low action, Jay Turser imitation of a Music Man Stingray, 4 string, dark blue to the point of almost being black, wide neck, just generally awesome. Oh, and anyone else have a name for their instrument?

Topic by wingman246    |  last reply


tilt sensor controlled by wireless remote

Hi: I would love to make a tilt sensor that can be placed inside something of value (since I'm a musician this happens to be a guitar case:), so that if someone picks up the guitar case, it would activate a loud alarm. It's easy enough to come up with a design for a tilt switch (maybe a ball bearing inside a tube), but it would be really nice if I could arm the circuit with a wireless remote. Any suggestions? thanks

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Modern music.

Falls probably have seen my profile where it says I hate modern music. And I do. For A LOT of reasons. Mostly about love or ( Censored ) with the exception of a hand full. Has killed the drum and guitar solo, my favorite part of music. "Robotic" themes *cough* Lady GaGa *cough*' Have weird topics. Pretty much no relative respect for musicians. Can't understand half the lyrics. Very repetitive lyrics, well said by nigahiga. I need to think of more.

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Possibly The Most Well-Known Musical Artists

Alright, here is a list of what i have seen to be the most well-known musical artists of all time. AC/DC Led Zeppelin Pink Floyd Aerosmith The Beatles Bon Jovi Kiss Jimi Hendrix Guns n Roses Lynyrd Skynyrd Metallica The Rolling Stones Van Halen The Who Red Hot Chili Peppers Queen The Ramones agree, disagree, or did i forget someone?

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Trent I know you are kind and compassionate

Trent,you sent me a poem , a year or so ago. My beloved father is a Musician, with a background in teaching and played live on stage with Australia's The Voice John Farnham. You wrote me several sweet e-mails. However, I wrote fluff in my posts as I had been ill over my brother's tragic death. I am in remission now. I know you are very sweet and compassionate and I hope you can forgive me for my silly mails.

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The drummer i want's parents are strict and untrusting.. Help?

I have a band, EverythingStoodStill (www.everythingstoodstill.webs.com) and i recently assembled the entire band, except a drummer. I've tried craigslist, musicians in your city and other sites and cant find one. I have one kid in my school who said he would like to drum, but his parents wont let him take his drum kit anywhere. How can i make it so he can drum for us and play for us at shows?

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Making a Telephone Function Without a Phone Line?

I have an old telephone desk set with a DTMF keypad. I was wondering if there was a way to some how get it to function without hooking it up to a telephone line, not to call people, but to make the DTMF tones, make it ring, and maybe be able to talk into the receiver. If you want to know why I would want to do this I'll just say I'm a musician, and I'd like to be able to run the phone into my mixer and use it like as an instrument. Also, yes I've seen the instructable about how to make a telephone receiver microphone, so no need to show me.

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Abney Park: (The semi-steampunk/weird genre of music group) :D

Abney Park comes from an era that never was, but one that we wish had been. An era where airships waged war in the skies, and corsets and cummerbunds were proper adventuring attire. They've picked up their bad musical habits, scoundrelous musicians, and anachronistically hybridized instruments from dozens of locations and eras that they have visited in their travels and thrown them into one riotous dervish of a performance. Expect clockwork guitars, belly dancers, flintlock bassists, middleastern percussion, violent violin, and Tesla powered keyboards blazing in a post- apocalyptic, swashbuckling, Steampunk musical mayhem. - quote from they're myspace page Band WebsiteBand Myspace

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Fan knitter stomped on by BBC

A Doctor Who fan, known as Mazzmatazz, has been legally stomped on by the BBC for creating her own patterns for the Adipose and Ood creatures.She never charged for the pattern, nor did she pretend it was official, but somebody sold a completed version on ebay, so the Beeb went OTT on her.According to TechnoLlama their action has no genuine basis in law, but she caved in out of fear of corporate lawyers.The BBC's action is a real shame, because it could signal problems for the thousands of fan artists (writers, musicians, artists) around the world who express themselves (for free) through the shared ground of Doctor Who (or any other BBC drama).The knitter's websiteTechnoLlama blog postBBC slant

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Winding Method For Guitar Pickups?

I just finished putting together a Savonius wind turbine:https://www.instructables.com/id/ERTAINQF18DW99A/One of the things I really want to work on for the next version is improving the inductance of the coils. Someone told me today that there's a whole community of musicians focussed on wiring their own guitar pickups. He said they do cool stuff with modified sewing machines and the like.Has anyone run across people or projects like this? Do you have you own favorite methods for quickly and effectively making copper coils? I'm thinking something in the 36 gauge thickness with several hundred wraps. So far, I've managed to do okay with 28 gauge wound up in aluminum bobbins by a variable speed drill, but I know there's got to be a better way.

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What's some good, free, audio/video editing software? Answered

I've been wanting to record some of my own music for a while now, but it's difficult with my "band" consisting of just me. My general goal is to make videos much in the same way that Pomplamoose, Alex Goot, and other band-less Youtube musicians do. So my question is: Does anyone know of any software that would allow me to show multiple video clips/parts at once? And/or some good, free audio editing software so I could pre-edit the audio and just sync it up to the video? Any suggestions would be helpful, and if you can show me something open source, that'd be fantastic! Thank you!

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Attempting to create a traveling arts, crafts, and music festival.

Hi! My name is Miranda and I'm trying to start up a traveling arts, crafts, and music festival that will tour America for one year. PLEASE CLICK HERE I've worked in the production industry for the past few years and I feel as though there aren't enough festivals that really showcase independent artists/crafters/musicians. I'm using Kickstarter to raise funding in order to make this happen. If you aren't familiar with Kickstarter, it's an all or nothing crowd funding site where you present a project and have people make a pledge. In return for making a pledge, you offer a reward. I'm offering some great hand made rewards and I would love it if everyone could check it out. Thank you so much.

Topic by meplusyou  


A sport coat that has hundreds of little lights sewn into it.

I once saw a local musician play the guitar and sing in a small venue. For one song, they dimmed the lights on the stage almost completely, and the sport coat he was wearing suddenly "switched on" and he had hundreds of tiny little light beads sewn into the jacket that you could not see before. They were not string lights, like for a Christmas tree. They seemed to be much more LED like, and bright, and most of all, small to the point of being invisible.  I hate to be a copy cat... but I want to make a jacket like this too. I do not care if it is portable. i.e. if I have to plug it in, that's fine. Anyone have any ideas for where I might start?

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Feeding samick guitar signal and mp3 into guitar input of samick amplifier.?

Hi, My wife is an amateur musician she has a samick amp with two inputs mic, and guitar, we are trying to input a mix of sounds into the guitar input. I have tried a connection from the headphone socket of mp3 player, in a double adaptor config with guitar, this is not ideal, due to the  unbalanced signals, and there is a loud hum.  What can I do short of buying another amp. Also I don't know what the impedances are but suspect the mp3 player is 8-16, and the amp input much higher. I am wondering whether a simple mixer might help, but I don't know how impedance might affect this, or whether it would actually work. Thanks for any comment

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HELP WITH COMPLETING THIS PROJECT PLEASE

Hi all. I live in Spain, where lack of earthing and other circuit protection for musicians is a real issue (as I am sure it is elsewhere too), especially when playing live when little attention has been paid to such necessities, and where the lack of earthing causes mayhem with the sound, leaving the guitars and mikes dangerously exposed to any electrical faults which might arise. On a recent visit to South America this came to a head for me after a disastrous live gig where I was almost electrocuted, and where the live sound was terrible due to lack of earthing, and I decided to seek help in designing a system for musicians to prevent injury or death.  So after some time spent researching on various online forums, I designed a prototype which I was using during my stay in South America, but I never managed to get beyond that point for lack of materials, and I have the same problem here in Spain. The other problem is that I had to use the materials available to me, which were more suitable to the US systems than the European ones, but that is a minor issue as the circuit breakers are probably the same anyway. However the quality and finish of the materials is questionable.  So what I could do is describe and photograph what I have put together, in the hope that someone will be able to help me find a way to house it all in a compact professional looking container. Please be aware however that it is in a very crude form at present, although it does what it was intended to do - if water enters any of the wiring one circuit breaker cuts the current, and if there is a short, another circuit breaker kicks in. It is basically the same system currently used in buildings for circuit protection, but adapted for portable applications.  Then I have a makeshift earth which connects to the earth lug of the plug adaptor, and this is connected to a metal pipe or tap, or whatever can be found of that nature which runs to ground to provide an earth for the system. This was not always possible, but certainly when it did work it reduced the 50 cycle hum which played havoc with the sound of the audio system and reduced the tingling in the guitar strings enough to be able to play.  Originally, I intended  incorporating this isolating system into a typical guitarist's floor pedal board, but that did not work out because this system is more than a little unwieldy, although I am still up for that idea. I have never tried to do an instructable, but I think that this is vitally important to musicians, and could certainly save lives, and so far I have seen nothing of this nature on the site and feel that it is crucial that someone provides this information. So......anyone interested? I am basically seeking those of you who are more technically skilled than myself, and with more ideas of how to actually fabricate the sytem. It is really pretty basic - what is important is that it should be light, portable and easy to set up quickly. The wires are a problem, because they need to be sufficiently thick to carry the necessary current rating for the equipment connected to the circuit - basically all the band equipment, or at least a guitar rig.  Thanks for your time.

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weird question - online source for smallish mechanical parts

Hey, I'm new here. I'm an established musician (composing is my focus).  I've gradually decided I'd like to work on a new composition project which involves electro-mechanical instruments of my own design. I have a decent understanding of electronics, and I don't think the mechanical designs will cause me too many problems.  I've had plenty of experience in building hobby stuff - remote controlled planes, etc. What I don't know much about is where to source mechanical parts.  Electronics, no probs.  But things like wee little cranks and levers, hinges, etc, etc... stuff I'd rather not build from scratch but you can't exactly find in a hardware store. Any ideas?  (I know this is off the wall). Many thanks! - Tom

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Helpful Guitar Hints

Guitar soloing and improvisation is one of the most expressive types of guitar playing that a musician can learn. It is a showcase of precision, skill, technique, and creativity that blows the mind and leaves awestruck faces in every crowd.A lot goes into perfecting guitar improvisation and all the techniques that can be used in this style of guitar playing. Guitar improvisation requires dedication, patience, time, and practice, practice, practice. This is a very important tip that everyone can teach, even though it may seem redundant and not very advanced. It's wonderful how many people try to grow as musicians without perfecting their skills and practicing their craft daily.Another tip that can greatly better your guitar improvisation is to play along with a CD. Put on one of your favorite CDs and when there is a stop or a bridge somewhere in the song, strum a few chords or a scale in the key of the song over the music playing in the background.You can also learn the chords to the song and play some arpeggios over the changes in the song. Learning how to play arpeggios is a crucial skill to learn to improve your improvisation technique, and if you don't already know how to play them, you should learn them and put them in your arsenal of improvisational tools.Another great tip for guitar improvisation is to try playing chord scales. When you use this method you are simply using chords instead of scales and melodies. The main idea of this is that you are playing a scale with a chord connected to it.One great method to use when you're trying to improve your improvisation skills is to use guitar backing tracks. Guitar backing tracks are great for improvisation because it's like playing with a whole backing band, and allows you to improvise and put into practice all of your skills and tools in putting together awesome leads to go with the track. Playing along to a backing track will also help you to perfect your timing skills and will increase the enjoyment you get from playing along.Another great tip for guitar player to analyze there performance and to make their audience is to useGuitar TablatureIf you are a serious guitar student who has already mastered the basics of chordtheory and the basic skills of guitar playing, then you're ready.

Topic by articlerecord  


Jobs for the Creative Techs?

I love studying electronics and doing creative things with electricity. I was an artist/musician throughout all of my youth and decided to switch over to creative electronics after discovering the art of circuit bending. I want to get a degree involving creative applications of electricity, but I'm having trouble getting a clear picture of what the job market is going to be like after i graduate. I am wondering what creative positions are available, not just with Instructables but in general. Are there any particular companies that would be good to look into? I'm trying to plan my degree so that it will be appealing to the companies i want to work for. I was an artist before i was a tech/engineer so I'm particularily interested in things such as product design, creative tech projects, animatronics, sculpture and art/music installations. Any advice would be great, I'm eager to find a job that will require my creativity and that isn't mundane. Is creativity something that is reserved to be expressed in my spare time or can it exist within the job market as well?

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group idea

Hi, I'm Tieguy, I've been thinking about creating a group that would bring developers, musicians, programmers, inventors, people who are interested in games and robotics and any forms of geek together to work at common causes. For example, if someone came up with an idea for a game or application but didn't have a certain skill or equipment that it would require they could come to the group and ask for help, or if someone wanted to learn a skill they could ask someone in the group to give them a few pointer. I came up with this because I've got thousands of ideas for application, inventions, games etc. but half the time i don't have the resources or skills to make it a reality. Anyways, I was wondering if I created this group any one would consider joining. If it became popular enough I would go on to creating a website. please post any comments.

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Possible to build a Powered PA Speaker myself?

I am a musician, so I've been talking about guitar amplifiers, tubes, microphones and all kinds of gear for over 20 years. I've never really gotten that much into PA's, so I know nothing about speakers, heads, mixers, power amplifiers, etc. Now, I'd like to build my own powered PA speaker. I have zero experience with building anything that involves electronics. I'm not a dummy. I know Ohm's law, and I believe I can handle the physics of electronics, no problem. I just do not know where to start. Schematics for power audio amplifiers? Where does one find them, and how do you read schematics. These are the things I need to know.  Let me preface this by saying... I do not expect to build a top-of-the-line PA speaker. I don't even expect to build something that would be considered crappy. I just want to know the theory, and where to start. Anyone got any help? Thanks!

Topic by Dolmetscher007    |  last reply


Subcontrabass Guitar - to build or not to build?

Hey all you musicians, and especially guitar players! I am currently planning the next version of my Prism Laser Guitar (vote for me if you like it!) and I need some opinions.The next version will hopefully sound very much like a real guitar, not a synthesizer. It will also be capable of playing chords among other tricks the first version couldn't do. However, due to physical and monetary restraints, it will have to be a 4-string bass guitar of some sort. That's fine with me - I love bass!So here's the idea: Unhindered by the physical limitations of a vibrating string, I am free to tune the bass as low as I want. I'm thinking of giving it a C#, F#, B, E tuning, with a bottom note of 17.5Hz. That's lower than pretty much any bass you can get, opening up a whole playground of super bass notes to drive neighbours up the wall. ;)Is that something people would be interested in? Or should I stick to a standard bass tuning range?

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New About Me (Please Read)

I am your about-average human being who occasionally stays on the computor too long. Some things that make me normal are: I hate school, I hate homework, I love music, I like football. Some things that make me different: I hate corn, I am a multi-talented musician, I like origami, I like death metal, I enjoy looking at arts, and I can burp on obey. Warnings: Do not post spam, rickrolls, or screamers. They tick me off and I get VERY spazzish. AND I HATE RAP. Tell/show me anything that has to do with rap, I will eat you alive down to your bone marrow. When you say something nice to me, I get a little hyper/excited. I am hyper most of the time I visit the chat room. When Someone bees negative, I get mad and you prob won't see me again for the rest of the day. Anyway, I am just your average person. SO DON'T RUIN IT.

Topic by Flumpkins    |  last reply


Most Embarrassing (thanks Skate) Moments.

Ok, everybody's got one. WHat's your most embarassing moment? You know: split your pants, threw up on a friend, toilet paper stuck to your shoe, forgot to cover a hickey- that sort of thing. I'll go first. Today at church (I'm the minister for a small congregation), I forgot and left my cellphone on. "No big deal" you say? My ringtone is David Allen Coe (a VERY "In-your-face" and "offensive in a funny sort of way" country musician). I was just finishing up Sunday school, and getting ready to give my sermon. Then the phone rang, everyone could hear..... "I was drunk, the day my mom, got out of prison...". My wife quickly hung it up (but didn't turn it off). Then it rang AGAIN!! I was looking for something to crawl under. I wanted to die! The church-members all laughed (because they know my sense of humor), but I turned red as a beet. I stepped outside, and returned the call, as we were sort of at a stopping place. I figured it must be an emergency for anyone to call me in the middle of "church". It turns out the call was a church member, who's been out of town for a couple of months wanting to wish everybody well, and see if he could listen in on part of the service. Moral of the story: Get a different ringtone!!! OK, Who's next?

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Should (or can) I get a patent on an arduino based project? Answered

I really don't know if I should get a patent or even if my latest "invention" could be patented. This topic will be a bit specific to my project, sorry :(I've posted an instructable of it here (vote it on the arduino contest while you're there!)The first problem is that, almost everything in the project hasn't been invented by me. I didn't invent drums, nor the idea of hitting some sort box or drum to produce sounds, and most certainly not the arduino. Autonomous musical instruments or robot musicians are not new either. Both the electronics circuits and the code might be patented somehow, but anyone with the required skills and with an intention to ignore my patent, could achieve the same results as I did but with a different circuits/code. Which brings me to my second question:Is this really something to worry about? is that common that people get their inventions stolen by big evil corporations? could you realistically win a legal battle against such corporation?... I've been checking a few videos and articles on this topic, including some written by instructables founder ewilhelm saying how he had never heard of this happening. One thing that does worry me is someone taking my project and claiming it as their idea. But I think being featured on this site and on the arduino.cc site too, should be a safe way of claiming authorship.Thanks.

Question by FrancoMolina    |  last reply


World wide artistic undertaking

Hello! Please consider helping me, no matter your artistic ability. I am 13 1/2 year old Linnea Walter, otherwise known here as Anime and The Beatles. I am an amateur manga artist. Under the influence of the late John Lennon, (the rest of the Beatles, and other musicians and artists) I am undertaking three large endeavors. The first is Glass Onion, a series of paintings strewn around a sculpted "picture frame" made from scrap metal.  My second one, Perfect Anarchy, is limited to my bedroom, where I have Picasso/psychedelic murals. I will accept advise for this.   My most important piece is the one I am asking for everyone to participate in. This is my Here Comes the Sun/A Day In The Life/ Nausicaä Is Me Dreaming Of Wind. This, I hope, will be grand. I want a surreal world, in a way. I am asking, everyone, to collaborate in a fashion that every piece is interconnected. I want a sort of Maker Faire, only more surreal. I am already asking people I know to help. I am thinking of paintings, costumes, and an enormous play or movie. I want it to be so integrated that it could change our society as a whole. These are some of my pictures and paintings. I would absolutely love  everybody to help. I also have a question, does apple corps Ltd. (as in the company usually assisted with the Beatles, not iPhones.) have a website or someplace I can contact them?

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Good Soundproofing and Deadening materials and any other tips?

Hey guys, so I'm involved in the biggest project I've embarked upon yet.  Shack studios.  I do some work with a sound company, the owner of which is a good friend, we're building a recording studio, along with practice rooms, photography/graphics dept and CD printing etc. Essentially a one stop shop for bands and musicians to go from songs on paper to an album...  Anyway, we have pretty much all the recording equipment and all the amps, PAs etc for the practice rooms.  However the construction work, which consists of walling off two sounds booths (small dead rooms, one vocals the other for drums/amped instruments) and walling out two large practice rooms, the front of which is the main recording area, overlooked by the control room has to be done on a shoestring budget, we've just got in the boards and supplies for framing up the walls and though we've culled good dense foam from some industrial generator packaging and elsewhere we need good suggestions for cavity filling.  The cheaper the better - No practices will be going on while recording, it needs to be deadened to the outside world and sound proof enough for practices to go on simultaneously.  We've been looking at different ideas but it's more just good sources of material anyone can think of...  Oh and while that's going on I'm trying to get a ton of things off the ground as well, while being what can only be described as embarassingly broke... 

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arduino workshop in zurich

Interesting?  at time of me writing this there is 10.5 places left. Arduino: Sensors, interfaces and control made easy lecturers: Anina Hug / Jan Schacher Sensors and their connections are increasingly important components of interactive media work. This course is aimed at designers and musicians in the fields of audio, video and installation that you want to work with sensors and control of light, motors, etc.. The aim of the course is to give a first impression about the working methods with the open-source Arduino platform. Based on this simple, open microcontroller topics such as selection and circuits with sensors, devices, and simple control of the programming for the real-time use treats to show the participants the ways and means in their application for their own practice. Technical methods are treated as programming the "Arduino" microcontroller access to software such as Pure Data, Max / MSP, Processing, Flash, etc., and use of sensors, such as bending, light, tilt or pressure sensors. Participants develop and build fully functional prototypes that can be taken at the end of the course to individual further work to home. Prerequisite for the course are a flowing dealing with computers and curiosity fanart with electricity. Participants bring their own laptops. The material cost is including microcontrollers and sensors 200 Fr per person. The number of participants is limited to 12 people Info Summer Course, 2nd to 6 September 2013, daily from 10.00 bis 17.00 clock ICST, Mediacampus Basler Strasse 30, 8048 Zurich, Access 7 (Freihofstrasse) Information and registration: Sabine Egli Application deadline: 25 August 2013 .i hope im not being too cheeky terms of service and all(advertising bla bla..)i think theres plenty of relevance for users of this site,and im trying to help a friend out

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Interactivos? @ Eyebeam: June 26 - August 9

Interactivos? @ Eyebeam: June 26 - August 9Better Than the Real Thing: Call for CollaboratorsMay 30: Call for Collaborators Deadline | June 3: Notification of acceptanceWe're pleased to announce that we (Eyebeam fellows, residents and staff) have selected nine projects--from the 60-plus submitted applications--to be realized during a two-week workshop in late June.But we need help, and that's where you come in. We are now recruiting collaborators--artists, engineers, musicians, programmers, designers, and hackers--to help bring these projects to life. While this position is unpaid, it is an opportunity to work with international artists including current Eyebeamers Zachary Lieberman, Taeyoon Choi, Jeff Crouse, Friedrich Kirschner, and others. Collaborators will participate in skill-based workshops, and attend public lectures and associated events, and be an integral part of the production of exciting new interactive projects. The completed projects will be included in Eyebeam's Summer 2008 exhibition. All collaborators will be credited in the exhibition for their roles in the realization of the projects.To be considered, send us a letter outlining your skill set and what you think you could contribute to the workshops, with a CV (word documents or pdfs only please, no image attachments) to interactivosinfo AT eyebeam DOT org by May 26. Selected collaborators will be notified May 29.Interactivos? was initiated two years ago by the Medialab-Prado program and the Madrid City Council. This is the first time it has taken place outside Spain.The full list of projects, and further detail on the kind of collaborative help we are looking for, can be found here:Interactivos? @ Eyebeam: June 26 - August 9

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Make It Yourself... Call For Existing Works

Cybersonica with Openlab Workshops and Manchester Art Gallery present: Make It Yourself www.cybersonica.org openlabworkshops.org www.manchestergalleries.org CALL FOR EXISTING WORKS Make It Yourself is an exhibition of inventive Arduino and DIY electronic-circuitry projects to accompany the major solo exhibition Recorders by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer at Manchester Art Gallery between 18 September 2010 to 30 January 2011. See http://www.manchestergalleries.org/whats-on/exhibitions/index.php?itemID=73 for more information. A rapidly expanding community of people worldwide is taking advantage of new, cheaper technology and a growing pool of shared knowledge to make things for themselves – useful things, clever things, silly things, unique things. Make It Yourself is a ‘small but perfectly formed’ show of a handpicked half-dozen of these hand-made devices. We are now accepting submissions of existing Arduino and DIY electronic-circuitry projects from artists, hobbyists, hackers, DIY musicians and anyone interested in making things for themselves wishing to exhibit their work as part of Make It Yourself. We are looking for pieces that reveal and demonstrate: unique devices born out of imagination or happy accident how everyday artefacts actually work custom-made tools born out of a frustration that nothing else quite does the job modified consumer products that now do something their manufacturers never conceived of Overall we are looking for inventive projects that demonstrate a wide range of function and form, simplicity and complexity, humour and intent. We expect creators of selected works to provide a project ‘info pack’ of design schematics, component lists, code and step-by-step assembly instructions. Deadline: Monday, 13 September 2010 Notification: Friday 17 September 2010 Download: application PDF available for download from www.cybersonica.org

Topic by Prodical    |  last reply


Making a slide guitar from scratch (sort of)

ok, so i'm not a musician by any stretch of the imagination. but i do like to make things out of wood and what nots. so i've decided to make my brother, who plays guitar, a slide guitar for christmas (mostly because of the posts here that show people making them). i went out and bought a $50 pawn store electric guitar (serious pile of crap but all the electronics work) and i've disassembled it. i've got a rough idea of how i'm going to build this thing as far as shape and actual construction of the box etc.. (sort of going for the pool cue box method), it'll basically be a long rectangle with a hinged lid. i've got a basic idea for how i'm going to hold the strings (i'm thinking this is called the nut? or something? dunno, the looped end of the strings) but i'm having a hard time coming up with a way to make it tuneable. i've still got the machine heads from the guitar and i'd like to use those, but i'd ultimately like for this thing to be a 6 string (if he wants to make a 6 string into a 3 or 1 string he just has to pull strings off, but if i make it as a 3 string he can't use it as a 6) and i'd like everything to be contained inside. i can't for the life of me figure out how to mount the machine heads in such a way where the turning handles would be able to still be inside of the box and still be usable. i've thought about maybe zither pins/pegs/whatever the hell they're called, but i've got no idea if those would work. also, i know a lot of the 2x4 slides use a beer bottle under the strings behind the pickups, now that looks neat but does it actually have a function? any help is appreciated

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Instructables at the Maker Faire!

Here you go! We spent two days talking to hundreds, maybe thousands of people about the site. We were amazed at how many people had heard of us, and used it regularly, but never quite got round to joining. We were proud of the number of other Makers who were members of Instructables. We were pleasantly surprised by people presenting crafts they had learned from instructables, and were telling others about the site. We met the very nice people from Sugru.  We met the slightly manic folk from various Hackerspaces.  We met the dedicated folk from SciCast.  There were people knitting neurons, soldering badges, hacking the Kinect, battling robots, playing tennis on bicycles, controlling fire with sound, playing music with Tesla coils, building an electric Mini, chasing small children with wheelie bins, performing the thermite reaction in their bare hands, building a temporary home from "Sold" signs. Hannah wrote an Instructable. There were automata, robots, ancient computers, amazing materials, musicians, artists, crafters, and hackers. There was a giant cardboard spider, a self-balancing skateboard from this site, a water-cooled armchair, a fire-breathing dragon, 3d printers printing 3d printers, and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people all interested in Making Cool Stuff. Have a look at the photos - the image-notes are still buggy, so if there's one you don't understand, just ask. Oh, and the members we know we met were... Spartacus. Insomniac. XenonJohn (and his self-balancing skateboard!) Aidy22475. Sweavo. Oopstudios (I don't think I spelled that correctly) Spikeuk. Podling. JamJarcollective (I could have watched their ball-coasters all day...) Greensteam. We probably met more than that - if I missed you off the list, please let me know! The first of the videos...  

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