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    Default Have any of you built an Arduinome?

    I'm looking to build a controller, and I love the idea of the Arduinome. The problem is, that I'm not particularly electronics savvy. Other than making my own cables, and my own DI, I haven't made anything complicated. I've been looking to get into the Arduino platform, but would jumping straight into the Arduinome be a bad idea?

    From the original project page and the Bricktable blog (http://bricktable.wordpress.com/30/), it seems that the difficult part is the fabrication of the casing rather than the soldering of components. Since the software is available for download from the original project page, how difficult would building an Arduinome be for an electronics (but not fabrication) newbie?

    I haven't found, and perhaps that's on purpose, a step-by-step guide on how to put one together. Do any of you have any other resources other than the project page, and Bricktable?

    Thanks in advance!

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    I am interested in undertaking a project like this as well. If you find more information for sure post it! I will do the same.

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    Found this so far
    http://cal.freeshell.org/projects/
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    I was thinking of building one but then i came across this... http://atelier.tkrworks.net/?lang=en
    Its called a picnome and is another monome clone but is much simpler and easier to build than the arduinome. You can buy the pcbs from him but you will have to solder the components on yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomguinane View Post
    I was thinking of building one but then i came across this... http://atelier.tkrworks.net/?lang=en
    Its called a picnome and is another monome clone but is much simpler and easier to build than the arduinome. You can buy the pcbs from him but you will have to solder the components on yourself.
    Very cool! I checked out his site, and the step by step is pretty thorough. Looks like it's set up for the SparkFun pads, so although it makes the whole device bigger, you can use bigger and brighter LED's which is cool. Do you happen to know if this is completely compatible with the Monome software already out there, or does it require it's own translation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyOfGrey View Post
    Very cool! I checked out his site, and the step by step is pretty thorough. Looks like it's set up for the SparkFun pads, so although it makes the whole device bigger, you can use bigger and brighter LED's which is cool. Do you happen to know if this is completely compatible with the Monome software already out there, or does it require it's own translation?
    I am not totally sure, but i think you have to configure the chip with a different picnome firmware and serial but then it will run normally with the monome software on your computer.

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    I was just on the SparkFun website looking at the component costs of parts that aren't included in the PICnome kit. After accounting for the button board, LEDs and rubber button sleeves, the price is over $200 USD not including shipping. Include the PICnome components and an enclosure and it's getting dangerously close to the price of a Monome.

    If your own labour is included in the build, it's probably above that price. This is definitely a project that you do because you want to build it for yourself, not to save money. Not that I have a problem with that, I still want to build one

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyOfGrey View Post
    I was just on the SparkFun website looking at the component costs of parts that aren't included in the PICnome kit. After accounting for the button board, LEDs and rubber button sleeves, the price is over $200 USD not including shipping. Include the PICnome components and an enclosure and it's getting dangerously close to the price of a Monome.

    If your own labour is included in the build, it's probably above that price. This is definitely a project that you do because you want to build it for yourself, not to save money. Not that I have a problem with that, I still want to build one
    Really? I did not expect it to cost that much atall. I was going to build one but i just spent all my savings on some guys complete set up which was a really good deal off ebay

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonj View Post
    I am interested in undertaking a project like this as well. If you find more information for sure post it! I will do the same.

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    Found this so far
    http://cal.freeshell.org/projects/
    If you are interested in building your own custom midi controller then you should check this out...
    http://www.ucapps.de/
    http://www.midibox.org/dokuwiki/

    check out the midibox 64 project, you can use it to input up to 64 analogue inputs (like faders and knobs), 64 digital inputs (buttons) and 64 digital outputs (lights/LEDs).

    Here is an example of what some German guy is using it to build... http://www.mpro-ject.de/thething/index.phtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomguinane View Post
    If you are interested in building your own custom midi controller then you should check this out...
    http://www.ucapps.de/
    http://www.midibox.org/dokuwiki/

    check out the midibox 64 project, you can use it to input up to 64 analogue inputs (like faders and knobs), 64 digital inputs (buttons) and 64 digital outputs (lights/LEDs).

    Here is an example of what some German guy is using it to build... http://www.mpro-ject.de/thething/index.phtml
    Sweet thank you... The Midi box 64 is for sure one project I think one day I will wanna take up.
    I am wanting to build a desk with a DAW controll built right in for production etc... so that on would be sweet!

    I am thinking on taking on the Arduinome project as well. That thing is just sweet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomguinane View Post

    check out the midibox 64 project, you can use it to input up to 64 analogue inputs (like faders and knobs), 64 digital inputs (buttons) and 64 digital outputs (lights/LEDs).
    The MidiBox project is pretty damn cool. William "Logo" used it to create his own arcade controller : http://www.keyofgrey.com/?p=1545

    As for a straight up midi controller, I was thinking of getting the UMC32, since it's inexpensive and takes care of the MIDI over USB for you : http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...oducts_id=9108

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