Cutlasses and R.Dyer live in the Lockdown Lounge

Posted on May 24, 2020

Thanks to all of that ‘attended’ our performance last night. Combining a fairly involved audio setup with a 2 camera visual setup was quite tricky, and I was a little nervous about it all, but it all seemed to go down ok.     Gear: Everything in this case is DIY (including the case itself). […]

Developing on STM32

Posted on May 8, 2020

Over the past months I’ve been investigating moving away from Teensy to another microcontroller ¬†ecosystem. I love Teensy, and I wouldn’t have made the majority of my projects without it, I’ve learnt so much from it, and I still think it has the best libraries of any of the alternatives. It’s always the first thing […]

First workshop done

Posted on October 20, 2019

Thanks to everyone who came to my ‘Digital Audio with Microcontrollers Workshop’ last weekend. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did! The first workshop sold out pretty quickly, so we ended up running another one back to back. A pretty exhausting day, but definitely a rewarding one. I was pleasantly surprised how […]

Looper Version 1 Complete

Posted on July 11, 2019

If you’ve been paying attention to this site, you’ll have seen I’ve been working on a eurorack looper for sometime. The first version of this is now done. You can find the source code here.     What is it? A looper module in the eurorack format inspired by the MLR app which ran with […]

First experience with SMD reflow soldering

Posted on June 4, 2019

The newest version of the Cutlassiezer eurorack board is entirely SMD. This was to allow it to be as compact as possible. The component count has grown with each iteration. The concept is it’s a flexible back board that can support multiple ‘break-out’ front boards. So far, I’ve only made one front board, which breaks […]

Case and new module finished

Posted on May 16, 2019

Nothing is more motivating than an imminent deadline, and my gig in Berlin served as a good end point to get my new case finished, and a brand new module into it. The case was built out of a Habitat trunk, see more details here. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It’s nice […]

DIY case almost ready..

Posted on April 21, 2019

    Happy Easter! I’ve spent my time off crafting a DIY case to house the modules I’ve been building. As I’ve been trying to perform using only DIY instruments and effects I’ve built myself, then as Jedi must craft their own lightsaber, it seems fitting I should create my own case. Actually, I already […]

Fun with audio codecs

Posted on April 14, 2019

For the past few months (yes, it’s a slow process), I’ve been working on a new version of my Teensy based eurorack boards. Whereas my previous boards have used either the Teensy’s built-in ADC and DAC, or the PJRC audio shield, this one uses a separate chip, known as an audio codec, called the WM8731, […]

MLR inspired looper.

Posted on October 26, 2018

I’ve never owned a Monome, but always loved them. They look beautiful, the apps are inspiring, and let’s face it, they revolutionised midi controllers. There’d be no Launch Pad if it weren’t for the Monome Grid. One of the very early apps on the Grid, was MLR, designed by Brian Crabtree, the creator of Monome. […]

Piano Music

Posted on September 27, 2018

In the run up to Electromagnetic Field Festival which I played earlier in the year, I was preparing for a performance using only instruments and effects I’d built myself, either from kits or of my own design. The problem was, most of my modules are effects, they transform sound, but they can’t really generate sound […]