I’m hard at work on the second revision. This is what the “rev. B” boards will have:
- Binding posts for connections with Pulsar-23
- Banana jacks for connections to Serge, Buchla, and Ciat-Lombard gear
I’ve decided to leave off 3.5mm. jacks for Euro rack gear in this version: They don’t work well with the kind of enclosure that works for the Pulsar-23. If you have a Pulsar-23 (as most of you do or will), then the Pulsar has converters.
No jack for DIN sync, but it will work if you make a cable with clips or bananas on the end.
MIDI over USB only. TRS jack would be nice, but needs much more thought… perhaps in a v2 version.
I haven’t designed it yet, but I’m pretty sure I can add a 2nd tuplet generator with the output optionally replacing the measure or beat output (configurable form the UI).
There will be a jumper that lets you disable them, if you prefer.
The enclosure will be a bamboo box where the lid becomes the stand so the unit is the same table height as Pulsar-23. It has been carefully designed to fit along the back of the Pulsar. See the images here:
I still haven’t finalized the BOM… but my current ballpark is:
- Kit w/case & banana jacks: $100 (easy build, all through hole, no SMT parts)
- Assembled: $140
You can drop the case to save $15, and/or drop the banana jacks to save $10.
Prices could fluctuate by ±$15 as I nail down all the details.
And yes, it will be all open source & open hardware if you want to do it all yourself.
The sooner you let me know you will want one, the sooner I can plan and get things going!
end of Jan. — Finalize design after feedback from rev A. testers, order test build & parts
mid. Feb — Put in order for build… if you want one, I need to know before Feb. 5
end Feb — First builds shipped
mid. Mar — Should be all shipped
Rev A. Testers Wanted
The revision A board is what you see in the feature video. It works, but has no case. I have two units that I’d like to send to testers. If you are interested in being one of the two:
- You have a Pulsar-23 or it is already purchased and being shipped to you.
- You are willing to update firmware from time to time (needs just a USB cable and a computer).
- You’ll move the display and controller boards from the rev. A. unit to the rev. B. unit if you decide to buy a rev. B.
- You live in a place where shipping to you from California won’t be too expensive.
If you’re interested, let me know via private message.