Zynth club. .. There's just one rule in Zynth club

Sounds good

I’m wondering what you meant by “both” - was there another date suggested, or did you think I suggested two alternatives, or…?

It is seldom wise to attempt an analysis of such matters. What occurs within the safely contained confines of @wyleu’s mind should remain encapsulated with just the occasional erruption of barely comprehensible utterings that, gathered together as a whole, may form some record of a troubled soul. Maybe, one day there will be a classic emerging from the belfry! (Some of us have to endure his wit in person!)

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and the B side…

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Well, I’m certainly glad I asked!

I tried to join but I’m not allowed without an adult supervisor

We eventually let @MrBroccoli in but not before discussing some of the following.

  • Guitars need some help to work with Zynthian (as being discussed in a thread on this forum) and there are various ways we might improve that but, is it our job? Is there a sufficient userbase to warrant the extra hardware inside zynthian?
  • COVID continues to impact our lives.
  • ASML do cool things with lithography and Philips sold them off.
  • Someone (you will never guess who!) is creating an installation that syncs instrumentation to a church clock mechanism.
  • Is timecode of much use in an age where tape machines are obsolecent? There are other (better?) ways to lock machines together.
  • ChatGPT is providing boiler plate (and more) code, saving hobbiests (and probably professionals) much time in starting projects.
  • Could we use ChatGPT to decipher event logs in a bid to help with diagnosing issues?
  • We marvelled and criticised Tubular Bells which is over 50 years old. I wonder if my vinyl picture disc is worth anything.
  • Interfacing Zynthian with modular systems was discussed again. The main concern regards the lack of protection of the GPI. Modular users are notoriously hazardous / care free with plugging large d.c. voltages to any socket that fits!
  • The Expert Sleepers ES-9 was again highlighted as a wonderful unit that may be worth its £550 price tag to someone.
  • Mod Dwarf’s problems with choice of MCU were discussed (unexpectedly EOL) and how the Raspberry Pi Compure Modules have proven to be consistently supported. The CM3 is supported until 2028. It is a shame the Mod guys felt that RPi was inappropriate (ironically due to temporary supply chain issues). They need to find a replacement for their current board so may reconsider, especially if a CM5 appears soon.
  • Oram is near to release. There are currently 4 outstanding issues of which only one is challenging. We need to update the documentation then get it out the door.
  • Some recently attended and imminent gigs were discussed. Some beardy hippy suggested Body Count are quite good.
  • At 03:14:07 UTC on 19th Januray 2038 the Unix 32-bit clock rolls over. There may be the opportunity to wheel out (from our care homes) a crack team of C/C++/etc. coders to save the world once more from certain doom. We may be like the current bunch of old rockers, topping up their pension fund with overpriced and underdelivered tours.
  • There are units like Behringer’s PP1 to convert audio to MIDI / CV&Gate (apparently very well). If only Zynthian did that… oh wait - it does! The configuration parameters for aubionotes could be improved, e.g. it should at least reach down to the low E on a standard tuned guitar and ideally down to a bass low E.
  • @MrBroccoli described building a 5 string telecaster style guitar with humbucker pickups. (Oh I know - the indignity of it!) Some of us learned to play 5 strings (because we couldn’t afford to replace the high E when it snapped) and some continue to ply their trade this way.
  • @ronsum enthralled us with tails of his recent purchase of some Enya carbon fibre guitars. (Drummers shouldn’t be allowed near such things!)
  • Whilst looking around for info on carbon fibre guitars we noticed that Steinberger seem to be back in business.

What if found crazy about TimeCode is how few physical devices it exist to :
Show the time
Show the tempo
Have the controls

It ruled my life for about twenty years in video post production.

SMPTE timecode is a video thing that was adopted by the music industry in a bid to lock tape (then later sequencers) together. We distributed SMPTE/EBU timecode around our buildings to feed wall clocks to display accurate time of day, replacing the venerable 1PPS clock signals. (How many times I watched my school clock step forward excruciatingly slowly towards break / lunch / home time!) There have been several attempts to provide similar synchronisation and lock including DIN Sync / Sync24, MIDI Clock, MIDI Timecode and Ableton Link.

Zynthian supports some of these and we plan to improve this soon.

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If you’re referring to the idea of adding a buffer to one of the inputs, this does seem like a pretty basic functionality, particularly since the device includes tools aimed at guitars. I would even like to see some of the level controls broken out to dedicated switches/knobs on the outside, like my mixer has, so when you’re plugging in a bass or whatever, you push the switch and it ups the impedance.

Phantom Power would also be excellent, really. I have a very nice LR Baggs acoustic guitar DI that takes phantom power. I think adding these things to a future generation would increase interest from casual observers and string players of all kinds.

The other keyboard player in my band could easily have afforded a $6k stage piano when she decided it was time for something new, but I demo’d the zynthian for her and now that’s her thing, she’s showing up with new patches all the time, she really loves it.

I think with a few guitar-and-other-piezo’d-string-devices-friendly enhancements, I could sell more units to the guitar players in the band. :>

Now could this be contrived to a offering…?