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by greybeard
Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: abc for automata !
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Re: abc for automata !

Hi Jan, To continue the extended conversation ! The wiki entry last line is the right one - there will be an optical switch which tells the circuitry that each stepper has moved the hammer to a 'home position', a reference point when setting up at the beginning of each piece of music. This will allo...
by greybeard
Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: abc for automata !
Replies: 5
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Re: abc for automata !

Hello Jan. One of my original approaches was to use an Arduino microcontroller to control the output of an SD card which held the data for the automata. This would be fed, via a serial/parallel register, to a logic board which sent the appropriate signals to the six stepper motors (three for each ar...
by greybeard
Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:22 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: abc for automata !
Replies: 5
Views: 3532

abc for automata !

While keeping my head low(watching out for brickbats), I thought I'd ask here for any thoughts users might have on my quest to build a 21st century automata-playing-dulcimer. The 'player' is in prototype form, and the electronics are under construction that will drive it using stepper motors. Having...

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