Antonio Freixas

  • I hope I’m using the right term. I say “blocking” to mean when one blows into the melodica, presses a key and nothing happens.

    I’m assuming the reed is jammed or stuck in some way. I don’t think it’s a moisture problem. I took the case apart and let the reeds dry for a few hours. I had the problem again after a little bit of playing.

    I recently…[Read more]

  • Hi, Henry,

    I don’t know if you had a chance to read my article, but let me say that just getting a breath controller is easy–creating a useful MIDI melodica from it is trickier.

    The Arduino hackable has a design problem: no exhaust port. Without one, you won’t be able to do vibrato. However, that’s an easy fix.

    I have a lot of the Audio…[Read more]

  • Sorry, it’s hard to help when I’m unfamiliar with so many parts of the system. If the vibrandoneon has a bellow, what is the pipe used for?

    In any case, if you use a MIDI instrument that supports breath control, you can just plug all MIDI instruments in to your ipad, assuming that the ipad accepts USB MIDI devices (and I would guess it does). If…[Read more]

  • Sure, I know how to do some of the hookup (no knowledge of GarageBand or iPads, sorry).

    I know what the TEC BC 2 is sending. What exactly will the midified vibrandoneon send? Does it have velocity sensing on the notes?

    I’m going to guess that there will be no velocity sensing. Since MIDI requires that notes have both pitch and velocity…[Read more]

  • Hi, Jerry,

    I guess people don’t really want to actually read my document. I admit that it’s long and getting longer. I own the TEC BC 2 and I review it’s faults extensively in my document. You might want to take a look.

    In addition, I’ve created a video to illustrate the noise problem. I posted a link to the video in the Facebook group, but I…[Read more]

  • Strangely enough, I can actually answer your question since I’ve owned a Yamaha WX11 wind controller for some time.

    Yes, you can use breath from one and notes from the other, but it is horribly clumsy.

    The WX11 emulates (roughly) the fingering of a saxophone/clarinet/recorder. What this means is that, if you blow into the instrument, it always…[Read more]

  • Hi,

    I think most people here are probably happy playing their existing melodicas, but occasionally someone (like me) will start lusting for a MIDI melodica. I decided to investigate any existing commercial or DIY solutions. At this point, I think I’ve found most, if not all references to MIDI melodicas on the web—articles, videos, and i…[Read more]