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USB Xylophone

by Benjamin, published

USB Xylophone by Benjamin Aug 15, 2012

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Description

Old metallophone (toy) rejuvenated by Arduino, some electromagnets and printed parts :
https://vimeo.com/46571145
Detail :
https://vimeo.com/47593529
 
Can be played with mouse, keyboard and midi files,
samples included in software pack:
Georges Brassens - Ballade des dames du temps jadis
Agnes Obel - Riverside
Yann Tiersen - Comptine d'un autre été
Julian Nott - Wallace and Gromit
Michael Giacchino - Married Life (Pixar Up soundtrack)


Flash (AS2) on the software side:
http://chaaawa.com/xylobot/
 
Thanks to midicsv:
http://www.fourmilab.ch/webtools/midicsv/
 
Not the first xylobot in the world, but maybe the first in the Thingiverse !
Next step, same thing with homemade solenoids :
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6049
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5950
... and wooden bars
to make it sound more "xylo"

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Awesome! I 've been waiting to find one of those toys at a rummage sale so I could do that. Now I have to try harder!

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License

GNU - GPL
USB Xylophone by Benjamin is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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Instructions

Print as many holders as you have bars.
See pictures for assembly.
ULN2003 on the breadboard (see assembly diagram)
Upload .pde file to your Arduino board.
Install and configure a server proxy (for communication between Arduino and Flash)
Serproxy and Tinkerproxy included in software pack for OS 10.5 and 10.6. Equivalent available for all platform on http://arduino.cc
In your proxy server config file find the line containing "serial_device1" and give the identifier of your board
Launch server proxy.
Open index.html with your browser, or Arduino_xylobot.swf with standalone Flash Player (add trusted location when prompted).
Can be used as:

Awesome! I 've been waiting to find one of those toys at a rummage sale so I could do that. Now I have to try harder!
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