USB Xylophone

by Benjamin, published

USB Xylophone by Benjamin Aug 15, 2012

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Old metallophone (toy) rejuvenated by Arduino, some electromagnets and printed parts :
Detail :
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:
Thanks to midicsv:
Not the first xylobot in the world, but maybe the first in the Thingiverse !
Next step, same thing with homemade solenoids :
... and wooden bars
to make it sound more "xylo"


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:

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

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logre hacerlo funcionar en Windows pero ahora tengo un problema grande,
cada vez que intento tocar una cancion, el selenoide tarde 7 hits para activarse. que debo modificar en el codigo para que funcione con un solo hit

Maybe try to increase the "hit duration" in individual settings (little arrow at the bottom of each bar)

how can i control it with windows??? any advise?

sweet can update to make run on midi form pc use arduino to hit the bars as got a xylophone metal with 30 metal bars i what do some with

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!