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Archive for May 2008


May 19, 2008

i just added some video of the guitar hero midi controller in action on YouTube: The video’s should be done processing shortly. I’ll be debuting the guitar in public at my band’s next show – Cerca Trova @ Jaxx in springfield, VA Saturday May 31 @ 9:00pm The pages the whole project is spread […]

GHMC – up and running

May 18, 2008

The quick explanation – Everything i hoped would work; works. there are still some little software things i’m tinkering around with, but it functions as a real live instrument now. if you happen to live in the DC area, come check it out. i’ll be debuting it in public at Jaxx in Springfield, VA on […]

LCD display –> out

May 15, 2008

while assembling the hardware last night, i decided the lcd display really took away from the asthetics of the whole guitar hero controller and made it look too cyborgy. i’ll leave the code in and commented out, but dont anticipate using an lcd on my own anytime in the future. I’ve been toying with adding […]

Amazing show last night – Cerca Trova

May 14, 2008

what a show! last night my band played at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA to a nearly packed house. the crowd was amazing, and to be frank, we rocked out pretty hard. thanks to anyone who made it out. we really appreciate each one of you being at the shows and your enthusiasm. see you […]

getting there…

May 12, 2008

as of this morning most of the hardware is mounted. i’ve just got to wire up the lcd and adjust the contrast voltage. i think for future revisions, i’d incorporate the 6-pin programming header into the midi plug. i’d also get a custom board made to simplify life with all the wiring. right now i […]

it’s alive!

May 9, 2008

it works! it only took until 3 in the morning, but it works and works well, the refresh rate is way higher than i expected. I can play as fast as I want and not lose a single note. it turns out the major obstacles came down to a few little things that were really […]


May 8, 2008

midi_pin_layout Originally uploaded by TheSlapyak I made a nice midi pin diagram for anyone who like me couldnt find a good one out there. there wont be any progress to speak of on the guitar until the weekend – one other note: it seems the guitarduino programming has some issues. i was hoping to just […]


May 8, 2008

no real progress, it turns out the guitar does not like to have it’s voltage reversed… so i’ve got a new one. the store was kind enough to let me swap it out. other than that testing was going well. i think i’m getting some kind of interferance with all the serial transmissions going on. […]

back to work

May 6, 2008

after a nice little vacation to virginia beach. I was back to work on the guitar. i spent a few hours on it last night and managed to get quite a bit done. the midi library is almost complete (sending an unspecified value rather than BYTE type was killing me until i found the error). […]