DIY: Make an Analog Arduino Controller for Ableton Live
May31

DIY: Make an Analog Arduino Controller for Ableton Live

In this tutorial I will show you how to hook up analog Potentiometers to an Arduino Uno to control Ableton Live Parameters via a USB and Max for Live! Before you retreat, this tutorial requires NO soldering or coding skills! With an Arduino Uno, Ableton Live 9, Max for Live and select tools you can make your own analog controller for Ableton Live! In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to get started using analog components via...

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DIY: How To Repair & Build XLR Cables
May26

DIY: How To Repair & Build XLR Cables

This is a tutorial on how to build or repair XLR Cables. If your studio XLR cables is damaged and in need of repair, or your fancy building your own XLR to 1/4″ TS plug, you’ve come to the right place. Joshua Casper shows you how in this useful tutorial. Check out this tutorial on balanced vs. unbalanced cables. Read the Entire Tutorial on Ask.Audio Watch the...

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Understanding Balanced VS. Unbalanced XLR Cables
Feb10

Understanding Balanced VS. Unbalanced XLR Cables

Yes. You can have Unbalanced XLR cables. Let me tell you about both types of standard studio cables! Music Studio Essentials: Understanding Balanced VS. Unbalanced XLR Cables Musicians and producers will probably have heard the term “Balanced” & “Unbalanced” used in reference to cables. Most likely those cables were XLR cables. But, do you know what the difference is? The Anatomy of Balanced vs. Unbalanced Cords Before we can get...

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DIY – ReAmps & DI Boxes with DIYRE
Feb10

DIY – ReAmps & DI Boxes with DIYRE

How To Build DIY DI Recording Boxes & Re-Amp With DIYRE In this article + video [I] show how easy it is to build a DIY direct input recording box and passive re-amplifier using DIY Recording Equipment’s FE2 and L2A for under $100. In this article + video Joshua Casper shows how easy it is to build a DIY direct input recording box and passive re-amplifier using DIY Recording Equipment’s FE2 and L2A for under $100. I am...

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DIY Tutorial: Midi Controller via Makey Makey
Oct16

DIY Tutorial: Midi Controller via Makey Makey

How To Build a DIY MIDI Controller for Ableton Live with the Makey Makey So you’re fascinated with the idea of DIY MIDI controllers or devices that can interface with Ableton Live or any DAW… but don’t know where or how to start? Makey Makey does the hard work for you. I recently got my hands on the Makey Makey. When I first saw it in action someone was using bananas to trigger a MIDI synth. Impressive. What was more...

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How To Build A DIY MIDI Sustain Pedal Circuit
Sep10

How To Build A DIY MIDI Sustain Pedal Circuit

Want an easy DIY music project that’ll result in a nifty MIDI sustain pedal? You’re in the right place.Let me show you how to easily create your own MIDI sustain pedal circuit. Just yesterday, I broke out the old Axiom 25. The trusty keyboard I have had for about 10 years. The one that has stood the test of time through tours, clubs and drinks being spilled on it! I was going to play some chords for a new tune I was...

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DIY: Build Your Own Condenser Microphone
Sep10

DIY: Build Your Own Condenser Microphone

If we told you that you could build your own omnidirectional condenser microphone for less than $8 in under 3 minutes you might not believe me. But you can! This Electret omnidirectional condenser microphone has a wide 30–15,000 Hz frequency response. You can build your own for less than $8 and in about 3 minutes. It will be a decent microphone. The same type used in many common electronics… and for the price and labor it really can’t...

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Delete Undeletable Folders (directories) via CMD – SSNC
Aug31

Delete Undeletable Folders (directories) via CMD – SSNC

This is how to delete those pesky “can not delete file” folders. Those “Item not found” folders. Those creepy Ghost Folders!! I was having an issue. On my desktop there was a folder. It was empty. It had 0 kilobytes (KB). I wanted to delete the folder. I clicked and dragged it to the trash and was promptly told the file didn’t exist. The official error “Item not found” This is no longer...

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DIY High Performance Sound Absorption Panels for $5
Aug08

DIY High Performance Sound Absorption Panels for $5

In this video DIY Perks explores the possibility of making DIY sound absorption panels on a budget, later comparing them to much more expensive acoustic foam. The results are pretty amazing! He goes pretty in depth. Testing various materials and showing the results. I will make a couple of these if I can find a few cheap...

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Pure Data – A Free Open Source Graphical Programming Language
Jul25

Pure Data – A Free Open Source Graphical Programming Language

Pure Data is Like Make for Live’s Cousin…. and is totally free, huge, versatile and awesome! Wouldn’t it be cool if you could create software graphically without having to learn how to code? Well, you can with Pure Data (Pd). And best of all… it’s free and open source! Pd enables musicians, visual artists, performers, researchers, and developers to create software graphically, without writing lines of code. A while...

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DIY – GoPro – Downward Facing Tripod w/ LEDs
Jul14

DIY – GoPro – Downward Facing Tripod w/ LEDs

This is a walk-through on how to build a cheap, but effective, downward facing tripod for a GoPro with LED Lights. I have recently been doing a number DIY tutorials. Mostly music related projects on Ask.Audio. To do those I need a downward facing tripod. I looked online, but here in Brazil the price for such a thing comes to more than the camera itself. My solution was to build my own. It ended up costs about R$10 (around $4 usd) not...

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Tutorial: Your First Hardware Synth Circuit (555 OSC)
Jul11

Tutorial: Your First Hardware Synth Circuit (555 OSC)

Curious about building your own hardware synthesizer but aren’t sure where to begin? Here’s a great place to start… a simple DIY project with noisy results. Consider these the very first steps in hard synth prototyping and construction. We are going to make some noise via a basic circuit. We are also going to add a knob that we can turn to change the pitch of the sound. The final result isn’t breathtaking, but the...

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DIY: The Physics of the Theremin (one of the first electric instruments)
May03

DIY: The Physics of the Theremin (one of the first electric instruments)

Theremin “In Leningrad, Leon Theremin (actually Lev Termen) built and demonstrated his Etherophone, which was later renamed the Theremin. This led to the first compositions for electronic instruments, as opposed to noisemakers and re-purposed machines. The Theremin was notable for being the first musical instrument played without touching it.” – Wiki Electronic Musical Instrument “The theremin is distinguished...

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DIY: Finding the Ground Pin on an Audio Jack Socket
Apr22

DIY: Finding the Ground Pin on an Audio Jack Socket

This is how to use a mutimeter to test the continuity between audio jack sleeves and audio jack socket pins. I had bought a 3.5 mm audio jack socket and was attempting to use it on a breadboard project when I ran into some doubts. The socket had 5 pins. I was expecting 3 at most. The next question was which pin connects to which sleeve of the audio jack itself. I did some quick searching online and didn’t find anything really...

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DIY – Water Level Alarm Breadboard Prototype [Step 4]
Apr10

DIY – Water Level Alarm Breadboard Prototype [Step 4]

This is soldering the components of the circuit to a perforated board for the permanent installation. This is the final step in making the permanent working prototype. We need to make a nice layout on some perfboard that allows us to make as many connections as possible using the existing leads of the...

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DIY – Water Level Alarm Extensions, Power Switch, Tests [Step 3]
Apr07

DIY – Water Level Alarm Extensions, Power Switch, Tests [Step 3]

This tutorial is all about preparing the components for permanent perf board assembly, by means of lead extensions and adding a power switch. Watch the Intro Video -> GO NOW Watch the Breadboard Prototyping Video -> GO NOW Materials I will list the part quantities as if you are going to make a two light, one buzzer alarm. However, you can duplicate the circuit as many times as you want, you will just need to add 1 resistor, 1...

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DIY – Water Level Alarm Breadboard Prototype [Step 2]
Apr07

DIY – Water Level Alarm Breadboard Prototype [Step 2]

In this tutorial we will learn about the components of the Water Level Indicator and how to successfully complete the circuit on a breadboard! Check out the intro / final product video first. -> GO NOW Remember, I made this device and these tutorials to help people in third world countries save water. So, for the most part I am going to be skipping the theory and background of the parts. My goal is to get the circuit working for...

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DIY – Water Level Alarm Final Prototype [Step 1]
Apr05

DIY – Water Level Alarm Final Prototype [Step 1]

This is the short introductory video demonstrating the final product of the Water Level Indicator / Alarm / Sensor tutorial series. **tutorials coming by end of week** The Problem  Here in Brazil we use large water containers in our houses and apartment buildings. When the city, so graciously, turns on the water – every other day in my neighborhood – we pump the buckets full. Then there is generally a second smaller bucket...

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How to Build an MP3 Player for less than $100
Jan09

How to Build an MP3 Player for less than $100

Make your own custom MP3 player. Here is a list of parts and links to tutorials on necessary procedures on how to build your very own MP3 player. I was introduced to Sparkfun through a coursera course on writing programs for drones… which I never completed because I am too lazy and the course was too hard 😛 However, this looks super fun and not entirely too complicated. The program itself is hard, but there are already a few...

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