Our favorite 3 ton, 65 horsepower, 4 cylinder, 620 gallon, 100 PSI sound module returns for
a collection of Christmas carols. “The world’s loudest mobile musical instrument” uses MSA-T and MD24 MIDI decoders for valve solenoid control. More information can be found at the Horn & Whistle Discussion Forums, HL forum, and previous blog entries.
Bob Harris of Charlottesville, Virginia used two
MD24 MIDI decoders and an array of 24-volt solenoids to automate the operation of the pedals on his Flentrop tracker pipe organ. Cakewalk Music Creator sequences the pedals while the human operator concentrates on the manuals, aided by an MD24-controlled LED metronome.
Bob’s excellent video details the mechanical & electronic operation of the system. Bob introduced the project at the HL forums in this thread.
Requests for information about retrofitting the Boss DR-110 drum machine are increasingly common. Several Highly Liquid customers have successfully completed a MIDI retrofit using an
MSA-P or MD24 MIDI decoder. Here are two forum threads with links to several projects:
Special thanks to all of the users who take the time to document their projects–the information is invaluable to the DIY community.
As always, please join
the forums for technical support and project consultation.
MD24 MIDI decoder has been revised.
The new hardware:
MIDISpeak, Gakken SX150, and circuit bent Yamaha RX-8 demo by Squelchbox:
MD24 MIDI-to-trigger box by Unatronics, creator of Beep-It. (See also: Mike Una’s MIDI CPU based patchable MIDI sequencer):
MD24 based MIDI-to-trigger box by Osica Bending:
MIDI CPU-based “ MIDI Podcaster” MIDI Controller by Spunky Toofers:
Circuit bent Roland TR-505 with MD24 + photorelay “AutoBender” by GumiElectronic:
Circuit bent Yamaha PSS-140 with UMR MIDI retrofit by Matt Kaip:
Yamaha CS01 with
CS01-MIDI retrofit, driven by Latronic Norton sequencer:
Bob Lloyd of
Fuzzy Logic Productions and Gayle Lloyd have posted video ( first, second) of Canyon Gate Christmas, their extensive animatronic Christmas show. The show uses MD24 MIDI decoders for servo control and MSA-T MIDI decoders for light control.
Forum member Jeff has created an MD24-controlled MIDI doorbell system featuring 20 vintage Deagan class M tubes. Jeff has posted a video of the chimes in action.
See what others are building and introduce your own project at the
Highly Liquid Forums.
Ranjit Bhatnagar was profiled for the Sound Builders series at Motherboard.TV. In the video, Ranjit creates an MD24-based MIDI-controlled “accordion automaton”.
Another of Ranjit’s MD24 accordion creations can be seen
Bryan Benting‘s MSA-R based DIY relay modules and modular synth demo video:
Low-Gain Audio CS01-MIDI install:
MSA-T based studio recording light for use with Apple Logic 9:
Piano Monster, an MD-24 based “piano-tickling” robot by Ranjit Bhatnagar. More here:
Kaseo‘s MSA-R experiments include MIDI-controlled fluorescent lights, pencil sharpener, and turntable.
Kaseo’s custom MSA-R enclosure:
Several “makers” at the recent
Maker Faire Detroit demonstrated projects that incorporate Highly Liquid MIDI decoders. For more photos, see the new Highly Liquid Photostream at Flickr.
Chip Flynn (
Apetechnology) brought several robots, including an MSA-R controlled string instrument (background left):
Dana Dolfi demonstrated the
MSA-T controlled Great American Horn Machine:
Dave Kadlitz performed with his MSA-R & MSA-T controlled mechanical drum machine, the “Waits-o-Matic 9000″:
Michael Una performed with an MD24-synced DIY sequencer: