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4 MIDI controlled slide guitar
Area Award: Controls Area Award: Art and Music
Angad Bector
Joel Spadin
Ruichen Zhao
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Our project is a slide guitar-like instrument with a single string. A microcontroller reads MIDI input and controls two motors to play the instrument. One motor moves a metal bar along the string to control the pitch and the second motor controls a wheel of guitar picks to strike the string. A guitar pickup convert the string vibrations to an analog signal, to which the microcontroller reads and applies audio effects. The resulting digital audio is converted back to an analog signal and sent to speakers.
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Drum Tutor Lite

Zhen Qin, Yuanheng Yan, Xun Yu

Drum Tutor Lite

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Team: Yuanheng Yan, Zhen Qin, Xun Yu

Vision: Rhythm games such as guitar hero are much easier than playing the actual drums. We want to make a drum tutor that makes playing drums as easy as guitar hero. The player is not required to read a sheet music.

Description: We will build a drum add-on that will tutor people how to play the drums. We will make a panel for visual queue of the drum and beats in a form similar to guitar hero game. The panel can be a N*10 (N varying with the drum kit) led bar array. Each horizontal bar will be a beat and each horizontal line above the bottom line will represent the upcoming beats.

There will be sensors on each drum that will fire when the drum heads is hit. The drums will be affixed with ring of light that provides the timing and accuracy of the player according to the sensors.

Of course with a flip of a switch, the drum could be a simple light up drum: when the player hits the drum, that particular drum will light up giving cool effects.

The system will be on a microprocessor. Or for more versatile uses, it could be connected to the computer. And a app will be written for the tutor.

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