Project

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44 Electronic Sound Generator
Jeremy Hutnak
Kedong Shao
Parikshit Kapadia
Kexin Hui final_paper
presentation
proposal
Teammates: Kedong Shao (kshao5)
Jeremy Hutnak (hutnak2)
Parikshit Kapadia (pkapadi2)
We discussed it and we decided that we would like to build a relatively inexpensive, they can range from $200 to $4000, analog synthesizer that is simple to use for those that would like to make interesting effects with their music. Analog synthesizers can become very large and complex in how to work with them to create the sounds wanted. We would like to create one that would be more intuitive on how to use it as well by using a simple manual switch and dial control scheme.
We would need to build a power supply for the system, which we are thinking of using battery power to allow it to be easily transported and used, but we may have to build a power convert to use the standard wall power. We would need to design and build two oscillator circuits one voltage controlled oscillator and a low frequency oscillator. We will need one low pass filter circuit and a envelope generator circuit to modulate and filter the signal. We will need to build two amplifier circuits, one voltage controlled amplifier to boost the signals amplitude and another for the audio output. For the audio output we would also need to allow for an external amplifier,typical amplifier used for musical instruments, to be plugged in and bypass the built in output. We will also need to design and build a white noise generator to produce the white noise sound used to make sounds like wind.
The bulk of the work on the project will be designing, building, and interconnecting the circuits all together. We will also have to layout a PCB design and make some kind of container to hold the analog synthesizer.
Some challenges we will face are figuring out how to map voltages to different notes as well as making sure the circuits will all work together properly. Some of the group also has no experience working with music or analog signal processing, so we will have to work together to research and understand how each circuit will work and how they will effect each other to produce different effects.

Pocket Pedal - A Bluetooth Controlled Effects Box

Kaan Erel, Alexander Van Dorn, Jacob Waterman

Pocket Pedal - A Bluetooth Controlled Effects Box

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Our idea is to make an inexpensive alternative to traditional pedal powered guitar effects boxes. Essentially, we hope to implement a single aftermarket effects box that can be remote controlled via a mobile app. This low-power, Bluetooth connected application can control the box to change effects on the go. The hardware within the effects box will be able to alter the guitar's signals to create different sounds like echoing, looping, and distortion effects (and possibly more). These effects will be implemented using analog circuits that we will design and construct to be controlled by an app on your phone.

This project eliminates the expensive buy-in for a guitarist hoping to sound like any number of famous musicians with multiple effects pedals. On top of this, it also aims to get rid of the clutter that comes with the numerous pedals and boxes connected to an amplifier. Many pedals today don't even have a visual interface to select effects through some sort of menu. The app will also provide a much more handy and portable visual representation of the possible effects all from the phone in your pocket!

Team:

Jacob Waterman jwaterm2

Kaan Erel erel2

Alex Van Dorn vandorn2