I'm thinking of trying to make a DIY mallet instrument (think cheaper malletKAT 8) for use as a MIDI controller in FL Studio. I'm just starting but there are a few things I'm a little caught up on.
The idea so far is to get a circuit hooked up to an RPi using FSRs underneath rubber pads, manage the signals with some code, and use the RPi as a MIDI controller.
My hope is to give it the same range as a vibraphone (3.5 octaves or ~42 bars) with dynamics (hence the FSRs) and have it be polyphonic (with a foot petal to keep notes held while new ones are played). For dynamics, I think I can do that by checking the signal voltage and comparing it to the maximum/input voltage and I'm pretty sure the polyphonic part can be handled by via software as long as each note signal is managed individually.
However, I'm having trouble trying to figure out how to separate the note signals. More specifically, I can't tell if I would need to use individual pins on the RPi (limiting how many notes I can have and also possibly not working for one reason or another) or if I would need to find a way to make the different bars send different signals by giving them some sort of identifier. I thought about using a MUX or DEMUX but I don't know if it would be useful here.
I'm also concerned about latency but I do have a couple Arduinos on hand if they would work better.
If anyone has any ideas, comments, or wants clarifications please let me know.
Edit: Small update, I'm thinking about dropping the dynamics idea using a one-hot style encoding with different resistor values that represent the different notes. These would all be in parallel with each other. The bars can be treated as a switch instead of a sort of potentiometer in this case, and I think it would be possible to do this on a small number of pins depending on the resistances used. This should work fine with it being polyphonic, or at least I hope it would. I'll need to get some materials first but I might be able to update this post with something positive sometime soon.
Edit 2: the idea does work, but I couldn't find a method that would let it work with the Arduino's 6 analog pins while still having 42 bars. I took a look at the Arduino Mega, realized it has 54 digital pins, and decided to go for that. Anyways, if anyone actually reads this and thinks it sounds interesting let me know and I can make a post detailing the process for the project once I finish
So I’m going to be starting my third year next fall in university and I know I’ll probably need a set of mallets for vibraphone and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good set. I do prefer Vic Firth mallets but I am not closed off to other suggestions.
Thanks in advance.
I'm in search for a pair of vibraphone mallets that are very short (for jazz purposes...you know...jazz) roughly 13" if possible. I have checked numerous store sites and only find choices that are over $50. If anyone knows of any, please let me know!
I’m interested in knowing what vibraphone mallets you or your students have in their bags for marching band/drum corps/indoor. Brand and series name appreciated.
I’m looking to buy two of the same kind of vibraphone mallets specifically for jazz. Could you give me any recommendations (hopefully in a high schooler’s price range)
In terms of the sound quality, durability, price etc
Preferably ones that are somewhat cheap too. I'm kinda on a limited budget, but I need mallets to play for my jazz combo. I've been using Vic firth M183's because that's all I have (I know they're meant for marimba, that's what I bought them for).
Are there any known pieces with this effect?... or any other interesting extended techniques for vibraphone?
My jazz band director made me start learning the vibraphone two semesters ago (Spring 2013), and I've fallen in love. A year later, I'd like to start trying four-mallet playing. My uni only has two mallets (that I can find, at least), and I'd like to get a few of my own anyway.
What should I be looking for in a mallet? What would be best for a four-mallet style? I'm mainly looking at Steve Weiss Music and Malletech for now. I would assume to just go with the Gary Burton ones from Steve Weiss because, yknow, it's Gary Burton.
Thanks for the help!