Thoughts in Kaoss

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon implementing the KMod hack on my Kaossilator thanks to a most excellent set of instructions. I used a DE-9 male connector, so I actually have 2 pins free for potential future additions (I wonder if I can cram something in there to output a MIDI-compatible tempo clock signal based on whatever is driving the little dot on the display).

I have plans for two things to plug into it now.

The first will be a simple little stub that just sits in the connector, with a 47K resistor and a switch in series between the SUO and SUI pins. I’ll make this as small as possible, and leave it attached most of the time for a portable sustain switch.

The second is my ambitious external control box. I’ll start with a basic set of buttons and toggle switches that control all the on-board functionality, including single buttons/switches for combos like key, loop length, and erase.

Next, I’m going to look into the feasibility of adding a port and circuit to allow some kind of synchronization from an external MIDI clock signal (probably not a huge deal, but I don’t yet know anything about MIDI really). This will be useful for syncing up with my x0xb0x, whenever I finish building it.

Finally, and most interestingly, I want to control functionality via my USB Boarduino. I’m going to develop a GUI application in Python (working title Kaosslab) that lets me do some really cool stuff. One tantalizing exampe is tempo-synchronized recording of loops (by having Kaosslab activate the loop button and record for the appropriate amount of time based on user-supplied tempo).

I also recently put up Kaossilator Fu on my web site. I’m working on populating it with every Kaossilator tip, trick, and hack I can find, as well as some videos of phat Kaossilator jams (like this one and this one and this one).

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