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A project log for MAD 1.1 - Modular Audio Devices

An ecosystem of Eurorack modules that enable users to make studio quality MIDI/CV controls, audio interfaces and synths

Michele PerlaMichele Perla 03/31/2018 at 18:052 Comments

Hey folks!

This is just a quick update about the development of the project; work on the CORE module is ongoing and it is looking nice so far, check this out:

This is the front panel PCB of the CORE as of now; I had a small issue with the 2.4" TFT display, unfortunately the readily available pre-made modules are a tad big, just enough to not let me fit the design of the front panel in a nice and clean 21 HP (1/4 of a standard Eurorack case width), so I decided to draw my own display module; the bonus is that I didn't put the classic SD slot you find on basically every ILI9341 320x240 TFT display modules, so on the long run I might save some cents.

I'm going to openly release the slightly smaller TFT breakout because it might come in handy.

Other than that, I eventually decided not to go for an almost full thru-hole design and switch back to mostly SMD parts; a TH design would be easier to solder (I thought about a kit version), but the 140 resistors on the board would take a tad too much PCB real estate. 

Update done, let's get back to work.

Cheers, 

Mick

Discussions

"Ninja" Mike wrote 04/01/2018 at 04:42 point

You sir. are a KICKING ASS! 

I've been wracking my brain, trying to figure out how to best ration out pins on my new T_3.6 for my own hair-brained attempt to make a "Master Controller". One box to control them all, capable of:

 USB Audio IO (for in the studio), MIDI / OSC / DMX control....( HID / xinput...?)

 PLUS standalone functionality as both:

looper/synth/drum thing (inspired by the one otemrellik posted up on YouTube)

AND (now don't laugh...) 

Ground control station for my big ass hex-rotor drone and its cameras. Complete with redundant TX, RX, telemetry, and independent control the camera gimbal

I knew I had aimed high, likely well beyond any chance of hammering down all the logistics to not only make it work...but have it be solid enough for mission critical use in a "production environment". 

Of course, my goals were never to market such a "niche" device, and I knew my chances of finding anybody else working on a similar product that I could just copy were not even remotely likely...

Now, having thoroughly read YOUR mad plans, from the PJRC forums and seen how your quest has evolved though to now....well, I find your dedication and logistical kung-fu to be inspirational. hell...you've even got me thinking that maybe I could use some CV out...I might as well right? HA!

Personally, I don't have a eurorack modular synth monkey on my back...but I'm pretty sure I'll be giving you $$$ when you launch this product. I'd probably even risk a contribution to a kick-starter campaign on this one. You've clearly done the "adulting".

keep up the good work

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Michele Perla wrote 04/05/2018 at 15:42 point

Dear Ninja Mike, thank you very much for the kind words :)

I can see that you thoroughly read the project logs and that you can fully understand its potential, which is one of the main reasons why I try to keep updating the project page whenever I have some advancement. 

Also, I don't see why you could not use the MAD for all your needs, I mean the software is still open source so you could definitely add in your ground control station part! I'd really like to see that :)

Cheers, Mick

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