USB footswitch

DIY hardware, Musicians' Diary

And the “footswitch project” ?


You may remember when I was trying to shortly explain how to make your own “DIY USB footswitch” for the sake of using loops on-stage… Here is the post I wrote a few months ago about this : https://astrakanproject.com/2014/01/22/building-a-usb-footswitch/

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A quick reminder !

And this is what il looks like on-stage so far :

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On-stage setup !

When we were touring in Portugal last summer, we had the idea of asking to someone working in a mold factory (a speciality from Leiria area in Portugal) to think about a way to build a transparent footswitch, with lights inside !

After some more accurate designing…

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Designing the new footswitch using Excel
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Designing the new footswitch using Excel

We finally got this ready :

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The plexiglas footswitch !

The next step is of course making this fully fonctionnal, by adding all the switches, the cabling and… the colour lights inside !! Can you imagine this shining diamond on-stage ?

By the way, have you seen our new video of a Flemish song  ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJF1pP-C6V4

§Yann

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DIY hardware

The DIY table ?


Each gig you may have as a band may always teach you something… Last gig we had was so. This is the table that I use on stage for all my devices (computer, soudcard, desk etc…)

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You may have noticed that there are many cables / sockets / power supplies around. This is that can makes life difficult when for some reasons I need to move all the stuff between the soundcheck and the show itself. This is indeed what happened at our last gig in Ipswich Library (UK). Therefore I had to find out a tip to solve this problem, that’s what I did today as soon as we got back from England 🙂

First, this is to fix the table feet :

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in which I cut small holes in order to…

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…insert a lower shelf as shown below :

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Ok, as you can see, I have used various parts of an old chair and an old cupboard. But this has to fit in a (small) car in which you may still be able to sleep (with two guitars, two uds, a turkish saz, a fiddle, clothing for at least two weeks, a whole PA and a kid !)

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Now let us have a look at the table in use, this is before the addition of the lower shelf :

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And this is afterwards :

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A close look from below should make things clearer 🙂

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Now suppose I have yo move everything to quickly make room available for the band that will perform right before us :

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A view without the top shelf :

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And it works out !! 😉

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§ Yann

DIY hardware, Musicians' Diary

Building a USB footswitch…


Actally, updating / upgrading the home-made footswitch, that I made a couple of years ago… (see previous posts there and there…). I use this footswitch to control my looping software “Live” on stage, since my hands are generally busy with a stringed instrument ! I must say that as far as I know, this kind of USB hardware doesn’t exist !

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As I wanted to get a more reliable hardware, and also more compact so that I can fit in my suitcase… So I started from a cheap USB keyboard…

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After finding the suitable combinations of connectors (i.e. keys, actually), let’s design the stuff with a nice and clear sketch…

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Then time has come for soldering…

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The tricky part, soldering on the keyboard core :

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Yes, this is a hard work :))

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And after many tests and controls, the final result :

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§Yann

 

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