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  • julianop55 commented on FrancoMolina's instructable DrumCube, an Arduino Robot Drummer5 weeks ago
    DrumCube, an Arduino Robot Drummer

    You're welcome, Franco! And don't worry about the language: those of us who speak it every day usually do much worse! The "takeaway" here is that in English the adjectives come before the noun, so "footswitch" is correct. What is difficult is the stressing: if the adjective merely describes an object, the stress is on the noun, e.g. "wooden BOX", not "WOODEN box"; however if the adjective is used to specify WHICH box (i.e. if there are more than one), then we stress the adjective: the "OAK box, not the PINE box". If we are drawing particular attention to the state or condition of the object as we talk about it, we stress them equally: "the OPEN BOX".There is a fun exercise in learning to speak English out loud: the sentence &q...

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    You're welcome, Franco! And don't worry about the language: those of us who speak it every day usually do much worse! The "takeaway" here is that in English the adjectives come before the noun, so "footswitch" is correct. What is difficult is the stressing: if the adjective merely describes an object, the stress is on the noun, e.g. "wooden BOX", not "WOODEN box"; however if the adjective is used to specify WHICH box (i.e. if there are more than one), then we stress the adjective: the "OAK box, not the PINE box". If we are drawing particular attention to the state or condition of the object as we talk about it, we stress them equally: "the OPEN BOX".There is a fun exercise in learning to speak English out loud: the sentence "I didn't say she stole my money". Try to say it seven times, each time stressing a different word: it means something slightly different each time.Back to your footswitch: in this particular case, the fact that the switch is explicitly designed to be operated with the foot makes it so special that we stress it "FOOTswitch". Also, because the foot operation is such a fundamental part of the design, the adjective gets incorporated with the noun into a single word. That doesn't happen very often in modern English, but it is very common in German.One special and amusing case - I learned it when I moved from England to North America - is chicken soup: in England we pronounce it "chicken SOUP", while here we say "CHICKEN-soup" - almost as if it is one word, even though it isn't - yet! At least we don't have gender in English - the switch isn't a he or a she, it's an "it"!Good luck with your music, and your electronics/computing. My son has similar mixed interests; I will show him your project in the hope that it will inspire him!

    Excellent work - a "real-ization" of the famous Animusic concept. Especially impressive for someone with no formal training in electronics or programming. The anticipation timing, in particular, is mind-bending, and finding different solutions would be a great subject for a software design class.I had to chuckle at "switch-foot" - that's cute :-) Languages can separate us, but music and hobbies link us.

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  • julianop55 commented on Josehf Murchison's instructable Metal Detector Kit8 months ago
    Metal Detector Kit

    Thanks very much for your reply, Josehf!

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