Impressed by the artistic genius of Martin Molin of Wintergatan fame, [iSax] got down to create a robotic MIDI-controlled trombone. It takes years for people to develop the management and method required to play the trombone properly because the tone produced into the mouthpiece (embouchure) is a tough mixture of air stress, lip pressure, airflow, resonance within the mouth, and different sources of advanced stress.
[iSax] provides a thorough walkthrough of the machine, which is powered by two separate sources of air, one for the place of the slide and the opposite for producing sound. A potentiometer offers suggestions on the place of the slide and a servo controls the stream fee into the silicone resonance chamber. The chamber might be tuned by way of a stepper motor that applies stress, barely altering the chamber’s frequency and stress. An Arduino with Firmata permits the machine to managed simply from any host laptop. An in depth writeup in PDF kind is on the Hackday.io undertaking web page.
As you may think about, simulating a human mouth is a frightening process and the variety of variables meant that [iSax] ended up with one thing solely vaguely trombone-like. Whereas finally it didn’t grow to be the astounding music machine that [iSax] hoped, it did find yourself being a enjoyable feat of engineering we will admire and admire. Progress in the direction of automated brass devices appears to be coming slowly as we noticed comparable outcomes with this robotic trumpet. Perhaps sometime we’ll have robotic brass sections, however not at the moment.
Thanks [iSax] for sending this one in!