Disclaimer: This isn’t for the faint of heart. Those who are used to my Blues/Roots side, or the work I do with Fricknadorable are forewarned. These are not the droids you are looking for.
20+ years of experience, including some jazz and Hungarian music. Electric fretted, electric fretless, some upright bass.
Studio/rehearsal space available for the right project. Comfortable on stage or in studio.
Want to learn some chords so you can jam, getting more serious than jamming? I can help.
Back at EM2013 , I acquired a Teensy 3.0 micro-controller and two Wii NunChuck controllers (pictured above) courtesy of Gordon Good. It’s a nice collection of gadgets. Gordon asked participants to make a blog post about their Teensy adventures in return for these items, so this is my attempt to get started and make good on that promise.
You can read all about the board on Adafruit’s site, but I just wanted to note a few basic things here. The VS1053 was easy to put together, and since I got version 2 with the built-in 220uF stereo blocking capacitors, I had even less work to do to get up and running.
Here’s the first test of the playback sketch, on Flickr…
It will take a LONG TIME to explore this board. The documentation for the board is extensive, and you may want to print some sections for reference. However, it does not go into detail about the specs of the SD card. Most boards I’ve tried have an upper limit of 1 or 2 GB, but the VS1053 worked with an 8GB card with no problem. I still find SD cards a bit finicky when it comes to formatting them, and almost always have to use my Mac to do it right.
The second test I performed was for basic MIDI playback. Again, this board is deep and I can see a lot of uses for the MIDI capability, including interfacing with the Percussa Audiocubes, but that will have to wait for another time. Here it is on on Flickr.
The VS1053 also records, so that will be the next installment, possibly later this weekend.