This thing enables you to print your music! It will create a melody Strip out of your music notes ready to use with those DIY Music Box Kits available! Simply place notes at a certain beat, print it and play the music you like.
EDIT 03/06/2013: User Benjamin posted a link to a flash-site where you can place your notes on a note sheet and get the note string automatically! Thank you, Benjamin! Here the link: http://chaaawa.com/note_string_helper/
First take a look at this video to see what it is all about: http://youtu.be/c4oIMb2MqKc
Then you'll need a music box kit like this one: http://amzn.to/XQ9BsM
If you have everything at hand check out which song you like and search for the corresponding music sheet. Take every note and convert it into the note-string. This is the pattern:
You have the notes c1,d1,e1...b1,c2,d3...b2,c3 (15 notes). There are no sharps, so you may have to transpose your melody.
The beat number is a number from 01 to 50 (only 50 beats supported at the moment). Don't forget the leading zero! End every "note" with the "|"-symbol.
Here is an example of the note f2 on the third beat:
Attach more notes simply by concatenation:
The order is not important as it simply defines where to stamp the holes - not when to play the note. But don't forget: every note has to consist out of four characters with the subsequent |.
To get you in the right mood I've already added the first part of the anthem of the United States (The Star-Spangled Banner). ;) Simply choose it from the "Song Picker".
If you have a slightly different music box, then you can tweak the settings. These are your options:
- Song Picker: Gets you a predefined song or the provided "Note-String"
- Note String: Defines the notes to print - only works with the song picker set to "Note-String"
- Layer-Thickness: Defines how thick the print will be. Don't go over 0.4mm, as it won't go through the music box when being thicker. And try to print exactly two layers!
- Stripe Width: Defines the width of the stripe. Should fit your music box' width.
- Stripe Length: Defines how long the stripe should be. The 50 beats max should result in no more then 200mm (also depends on the "Beat Distance" - see below). Check the output if every note is on the stripe!
- Margin Left: Defines how much space will be between the left stripe-border and the first note (c1). You may need to tweak this value in order to get every hole at the correct place for your music box.
- Beat distance: Defines how far away the beats are from each other. The smaller the value, the more likely not every note will be played. The bigger may result in a quite "slow" song (or you have to speed up your scrolling ;) ). A bigger value also need a longer stripe.
- Tone Distance: Defines the distance between every note-pitch. The higher the value the more distance is between e.g. the c1 and the d1.
Print the first layer quite slow. You need to have your bed leveled as you're only printing two layers at maximum!