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New Crappy NES Controllers!

The perfect hackable! A really bad clone of the original NES controller including the unusual NES plug. These are New in the box, and have an 80% chance of containing correctly spelled English words on the label.

Great way to avoid hacking dodgy old controllers when adding them to your laptop, Arduino, or other projects. Perfectly functioning –just not the “original.”

Wire color pinout included for Propeller, basic stamp  & Ardino hacking.

$6.50Price:
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Bliptronome Conversion Kit

Bliptronic 5000-to-Monome Clone conversion kit:

This kit includes Everything you need to convert your ThinkGeek Bliptronic 5000 synthesizer to a fully working “Arduinome” style open-source Monome Clone controller.

Kit includes

PCB, FTDI (usb-to-serial) cable, programmed Atmega microcontroller, electronic parts, potentiometers, ribbon cable, connectors, and extensive instructions.(no Arduino needed!)

Tools needed:

Soldering iron, solder, screw driver, xacto-blade, and wire strippers (hot glue gun recommended).

2-3 hour building time for an intermediate kit builder.

ThinkGeek Bliptronic 5000 not included!

The full build instruction PDF, with High-res images and a getting-started with software document can be found here:

http://wiki.straytechnologies.com

Price: $73.00
$69.00Price:

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YM_MINI Synthesizer Kit Version

Sold Out! There will be no more YM_MINI Kits or PCBs. 

This is a usb-powered software-midi controlled mini synthesizer circuits. It uses  a virtual midi driver to fully control a real YM2149 chip in stereo.

The chip is most well known for its use in the Apple II Mockingbird soundcards and Atari ST computers. The YM or the chip from which it was derived (GI’s AY-3-8910) also created the music and audio in the Intellivision, Vectrex, some MSX systems, Sinclair ZX and Spectrum home computers, and many arcade machines.

The synth can be played via a live controller like monome or Oxygen8, or any midi-capable software such as Logic-Pro, Energy-XT, FL_Studio, Reaktor, Reaper, Max/MSP, PureData, Protrekkr,  — pretty much anything that can sequence midi!

Instructions, additional info and usb-midi driver at:

http://wiki.straytechnologies.com

This kit can  use a YM2149 or 40 pin AY-3-8910 from your unused or broken old computers or games.There are also NOS (New Old Stock) chips of both varieties available reliably from several arcade parts vendors and from eBay. I no longer have these in stock with the kits. The kit does have a 40 pin socket, so you do not have to re-solder your chip, and can switch them out as desired.

The kit will also require an FTDI/USB cable or breakout board. It’s not included, but they are available from Modern devices, Mouser, DigiKey, or can be used from another project. They are also available  from this shop for an additional $21 if you don’t have one.  Find them under “Parts and Extras” in the shop menu.

This is a complete kit with parts and PCB, ready for you to solder together and use. Any beginner with some soldering experience can build this kit in about an hour.

$48.00Price:

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FTDI USB-to-Serial Cable

This is an 5V FTDI/USB to Serial cable for the YM_MINI, MIDIo kit, A_SID kit, Hack-a-rino and other kits. This product is available at most hobby electronics shops such as Digikey or Modern Devices.

I am including it here only for sale with one of the above kits, if you do not regularly purchase items from one of the other vendors.

This option is packaged with the Bliptronome kit and will not need to be purchased separately for that kit.

$21.00Price:
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ANSI MIDIo Visualizer : Pre-built & Tested

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ANSI MIDIo Programmable Visualizer.  This is a complete pre-built version. Plug it in and go!  This version includes the built and tested kit, and the FTDI cable.

The ANSI MIDIo Programmable Visualizer is a platform designed to allow real-time control of timed visuals.  The kit is designed with musicians and visualists in mind, allowing people to pre-program their own designs or perform realtime using software such as Renoise, Abelton, EnergyXT, Reaper, Max/MSP/Jitter, PureData, or devices such as the Monome, Bliptronome, MIDI grids, touchpads, and keyboards.

The ANSI MIDIo  creates an ANSI art paradigm known throughout the 1980s and 90s via online “Bulletin Board Systems ” (BBS). The firmware gives the user the ability to generate realtime patterns or create custom artwork such as those seen in Art Packs and on the BBSs of the era.  It makes use of the 12 most important ANSI characters, and the same 16-color palette used on old DOS-based computers and other systems that could interpret ANSI via a Terminal Emulator.

The completed kit is smaller than a business card, and designed for intermediate  kit builders.

Usage instructions and sample programming files can be found here: http://wiki.straytechnologies.com

sample videos here:

and here:

Available in PAL or NTSC.

$95.00Price:
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ANSI MIDIo Programmable Visualizer Kit

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The ANSI MIDIo Programmable Visualizer is a platform designed to allow real-time control of timed visuals.  The kit is designed with musicians and visualists in mind, allowing people to pre-program their own designs or perform realtime using software such as Renoise, Abelton, EnergyXT, Reaper, Max/MSP/Jitter, PureData, or devices such as the Monome, Bliptronome, MIDI grids, touchpads, and keyboards.

The ANSI MIDIo  creates an ANSI art paradigm known throughout the 1980s and 90s via online “Bulletin Board Systems ” (BBS). The firmware gives the user the ability to generate realtime patterns or create custom artwork such as those seen in Art Packs and on the BBSs of the era.  It makes use of the 12 most important ANSI characters, and the same 16-color palette used on old DOS-based computers and other systems that could interpret ANSI via a Terminal Emulator.

The completed kit is smaller than a business card, and designed for intermediate  kit builders.

Usage instructions, build instructions and sample programming files can be found here: http://wiki.straytechnologies.com

sample videos here:

and here:

FTDI/USB cable or breakout boards are not included, but are available from Modern devices, Mouser, or can be used from another project. They are also available  for an additional $20 if you don’t have one. Find them under “Parts and Extras” in the shop menu.

This is a complete kit with parts and PCB, ready for you to solder together and use. Any beginner with some soldering experience can build this kit in about an hour.

Available in PAL or NTSC.

$65.00Price:
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oneString Controller

The oneString controller kits and instruments are now shipping!

A new No-solder Kit has been added by request! – I solder & test, you create the body (see below).

Inspired by the simplicity of the one-string “Diddley-Bow” of Delta Blues, the oneString controller is a super-simple and highly-expressive controller for laptop musicians.  It’s designed to be an easy to construct, open-source USB MIDI ribbon controller for musicians looking for a new way to perform and compose.

  • USB Powered, allowing for only one cable. This means easy setup and portability in our wire-filled lives.
  • Uses a standard MIDI signal over USB allowing compatibility with almost all music software packages. (ANYTHING that takes keyboard input: Reason, reNoise, Energy XT, Ableton, FL Studio, Max-MSP, PureData… the list is endless!)
  • Uses free and open-source drivers to allow the most economical cross-platform (WIN, OSX, LINUX) solution.
  • Uses a minimum of parts, making it cheap and allowing for simple build instruction that even a beginner builder can finish in a day.
  • Body construction based on simple parts, allowing for everyone to easily make cool unique instruments without a wood-shop or plastics prototyping shop at their disposal.
  • Uses Arduino firmware allowing for augmentation and support from a HUGE open-source community.

Check out the latest demo on Youtube! :   http://youtu.be/1mFMLxMdEss

A wiki for the oneString can be found here: http://wiki.straytechnologies.com

How it Works – What’s a “ribbon controller”??

A “ribbon controller” is a long position-sensing strip that can control the tone or modulation of a synthesizer, much like a slide-able guitar string.  The sensor is read by a condensed USB powered “Arduino” circuit, which sends the MIDI synth signal to your laptop.  Once there, the signal is translated by open-source software and transported to the music software of your choice.

The device has a dip-switch to allow for 16 preset interface modes (ex: pitch-bend continuous tone, individual note sending, multi-octave ranges, control of other MIDI “CC’s, etc… ). A potentiometer (knob) allows the user to change the tuning of the instrument on the fly.  Unlike currently available ribbon controllers, the oneString can be triggered by a second “rhythm tap” sensor, allowing for a unique 2-handed play-style.

Purchase Options

Basic DIY Kit: This includes everything except the body-base,  finger sensors and USB-Serial FTDI cable, commonly available from your favorite parts supplier. If you’re considering modifying or trying an alternative layout, the basic kit lets you use your own parts, or try out different sensors with the instrument.

No-Solder Kit: This is a pre-soldered/tested PCB with all needed sensors, mounting screws and the cable. You provide wood or your choice of material for the body, mount it with a minimal amount of tools and start playing. A pre-sized base is available at your local hardware store or create your own custom body.

Full DIY Kit: This includes everything except the body-base.  All sensors, parts, and the USB Serial cable are included. Pick up a craft board at the local hardware store or create your own custom body.  Solder, test, mount, play.

Pre-Built oneString: This is a complete pre-built kit, built on beeswax finish red oak and including all sensors and the USB cable. Plug it in, and go.

PCB Only: Just the oneString Printed Circuit Board: If you’re a hacker at heart, this printed circuit board, your parts, and the freely available source-code, parts list and instructions will be all you need to build your own oneString controller.

Price: from $18.00
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