Equipment for checkout available only for TIMARA majors or for use in TIMARA classes
ZTarA Midi Guitar Instrument. In place of strings there are 6x20 touch pads and 6 trigger pads for strumming/picking. Multitudinous extra pads for programming and performing including 6 rubber drum pads and a joystick.
Zeta String QuartetElectronic Violins, Viola, and Cello. Includes Amp and the Synthony Synthesizer with MIDI outputs.
MalletKatElectronic Percussion Marimba. Rubber pads with FSR (Force Sensing Resistors) sensors. Full Synthesizer and MIDI outputs.
Yamaha WX7A Midi Wind Controller designed along the lines of a clarinet. It outputs Midi signals in response to the player's breath and fingerings to control any Midi synthesizer.
Midi HornAnother Midi Wind Controller built with brass instrument fingerings. This was designed and built here in Oberlin by John Talbert and Gary Lee Nelson. Professor Nelson has used it extensively in his concerts and compositional work.
Theremin, An Electronic Odyssey1993 Film about the inventor of the Theremin.
Synth LegendsFilm featuring Dr. Robert A. Moog, Tom Oberheim and Dave Smith.
ListenFilm exploring the nature of sound by Miroslav Sebestik. Features John Cage and Luciano Berio.
Modulations, Cinema for the EarFilm illuminating the nomadic drift of post-human techno sound.
Kurzweil SoundsCompiled by Sweetwater for the K2000. We have 5 discs.
Sound Effect CD'sTen CD's of sound effects with everything from John Glenn's heartbeat to your favorite animal sound. A copy of the list should be in each studio.
Lucas Film Sound Effect CD'sSix CD's of sound effects. High quality sound production.
A Zillion SoundsActually, only 2,177 sound FX and music clips in 30 categories, all royalty and license free. Stored in .wav and soundEdit formats.
Footage FXNature sounds, people, tools, transportation, scifi, alarms, guns
Architectural Studio AcousticsPower Point presentation by world renowned Walters-Storyk Design Group.
Marantz PMD Flash Recorders (7)
Tascam DR-100 Flash Recorders (7)
Marantz CDR300 Portable CDRom Recorder
ADAT XT 8-channel Recorder
Roland/Boss SE70 Midi Effects
Korg A1Effects box with cascadable effects. Balanced and digital outputs.
M-Audio AudioBuddy mic preamp/direct box
Microphones - Shure SM57, Shure SM58, AT4041, AT Stereo
Core Sound Binaural Mic
USB Mic MateXLR to USB audio Interface for connecting a Mic directly to a computer
Mackie SRM450Powered Monitors. Stands also available.(6)
Mackie SRM150Small Powered Monitors. (2)
QSC K88" Powered Monitors. (8)
JBL Eon SubwooferA self-powered 15 inch Subwoofer rated at 250 watts.
Hemishphere Speakers by ElectrotapMultichannel and Monaural versions. Floor unit with 6 car speakers arranged in a hemisphere. Includes Amp racks.
Yamaha EMX860st200 Watt Powered Mixer (8in/2out) with two 15" speakers.
Mackie CFX1212-input, 4-output mixer with EQ and Effects.
Mackie 1202 Mixer
Mackie 1604 Mixer
Optimus SSM-50 Stereo DJ Mixer
Shure LX4 WH10 Wireless Headset Microphone
Shure ULX Wireless Headset Microphones (4units)
Lepai 15 Watt Mini AmpsPowered from Lithium Batteries.
Midi Synthesizers and Controllers
Yamaha DX7 Keyboard
Ensoniz SQ80 Keyboard
Yamaha S30 Keyboard
Yamaha SY35 Keyboard
Yamaha TX816 Rack with MixerEight DX7 FM Modules in a rack, controlled through MIDI.
Yamaha TX7One DX7 FM Module in a box, controlled through MIDI.
Kurzweil K2000 Sampler Rackmount
Roland MT32General Midi, Multi Timbral, Sound Module.
MidiMan Oxygen 8 (2)
A two-octave keyboard controller with pitch wheel, Mod wheel, data slider, 8 control knobs. USB and Midi connections.
MidiMan Oxygen 49 (2)A 4-octave keyboard controller with pitch wheel, Mod wheel, 9 data slider, 8 control knobs, switches. USB only connection.
Akai SynthStation49A 4-octave keyboard controller with iPad carrier, USB only connection. Serves as a controller for the Akai SynthStation App and other Apps with MIDI control capabilities (such as GarageBand).
Yamaha VL70m Sound ModulePhysical modelling synthesizer.
Peavey 1600Sixteen slide controls and a Data Wheel can be programmed from the 1600 to output any Midi control signals.
Behringer FCB1010 Pedal UnitTen Switches and two Continuous Pedal Controllers with Midi merge.
MIDI PedalSimple Pedal Switch that outputs MIDI Note On and Off.
MIDI Pedal UnitPedal Board with 8Continuous Controller Pedals and 6 switches connected to a built-in MidiTron board for conversion to MIDI.
Behringer BCF2000 Fader ControllerUSB/Midi Controller with 8 Faders and other knobs and switches.
TIMARA MIDITRONProvides 8 Continuous Controller inputs and 8 Switch inputs to be converted to Midi Output by a MIDITRON interface.
iCube16 possible 5-volt continuous controller or switch inputs which can be programmed in Max to output Midi control signals.
Electrotap TeaboxHigh speed interface for sensors.
Media Master - Midi Slide Projector ControllerThis device accepts Midi KeyOn signals to control 4 slide projectors and two AC power switches. Here is a way to control your slide projectors through a Midi sequencer program or even a Midi keyboard.
Midi Trigger BoxThis device, designed here at Oberlin by John Talbert, has 16 trigger I/O's on 1/4 inch phone jacks, one MIDI output, and a remote control sensor. It has two modes of operation:
Trigger-In/MIDI-Out. Grounding any of the 16 input jacks with either a low-going pulse or a switch (connecting tip to sleeve) will result in a MIDI Key-On signal. Releasing the input results in a MIDI Key-Off signal.
Remote Sensor. The unit will respond to a hand-held infra-red remote control. The remote's keys 1 through 9 and 'A' through 'F' have been encoded to initiate MIDI Key-On and Key-Off messages and also negative output pulses on the corresponding trigger jacks.
Midi AC Power SwitchSix AC outlets switched on and off with Midi Note Commands
Roland CP40 Pitch to Midi ConverterConverts the pitch and amplitude of a microphone level signal into Midi control signals.
Alesis DM5 Drum ModuleA Midi Drum Module with 12 programmable Trigger Inputs for Piezo-type controllers. Internal Rom samples of percussion instruments for up to 21 drum sets.
Roland Pad-80The Roland Pad-80 has eight percussion pads which send out Midi Note On/Off signals when struck. Each pad has programmable settings for Midi Channel, key number, sound length, sensitivity, velocity curve, and various ways of layering of up to 3 key sounds per pad. There is also an external pedal control for Modulation, Pitch Bend, or Aftertouch effects. When eight is not enough, there are jacks for 6 'satellite' pads with the same programmable features as the built in pads. I've tried out our home-built dual pads with these external inputs and they work just fine. You can also build your own sensors without much difficulty. Go out to Radio Shack and buy a piezoelectric disk for about a dollar. Connect the two leads to a simple 1/4" plug that will connect to the Roland external inputs, and then go ahead and stomp, slam, shoot, drop, or whatever. It is that simple.
Converted Roland PG1000This is a box with 56 sliders each of which can be programmed to put out Midi signals. An external box expands its capabilities to include 8 external control voltages; useful for converting sensor voltages to Midi signals.
Lemur Touch Pad
Korg MS10 SynthesizerA small analog synthesizer with a keyboard of two and one-half octaves, two VCO's with frequency modulation, one VCF, and one VCA with an ADSR Envelope generator.
Moog MultiMoogA small analog synthesizer with a keyboard of three and one-half octaves.
Akai SynthStationA 4-octave keyboard controller with iPad carrier, USB only connection. Serves as a controller for the Akai SynthStation App and other Apps with MIDI control capabilities (such as GarageBand).
PAIA VocoderAn analog vocoder. Takes some twiddling of knobs to get the right settings.
PortaModA home-built box with 5 inputs and 4 outputs. Each input signal is ring modulated with its own VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator). The VCO's have adjustments for frequency and amplitude.
PortafiltAnother home-built box with three Voltage Controlled Filters. Each filter has separate Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and Notch Filter outputs. Each filter has two control voltage inputs, one for Resonance and one for Cutoff Frequency along with pots for setting the range and offsets of the control voltages.
8 Voltage Controlled Amplifiers
6 Voltage Controlled Filters/2 Audio Exciters
SensorsAll sensors have their own "personalities". Each has its own characteristic sensitivity, range of control, action speed, noise factor, consistency and so on. Never assume a device will act the way you imagine. Try it out first to determine whether it will meet your own needs and, if it doesn't, try modifying the device or the application.
The sensors described here fall into one of two categories: an on/off switch action such as in a sustain pedal, or a continuous controller such as in a control voltage pedal.
If the sensor output is a voltage, it can usually connect easily to any control voltage input of an analog synthesizer. Most equipment these days, however, are more apt to use Midi signals than control voltages. What you need, therefore, is a way to convert a voltage or a switch action to a Midi command. Most keyboard synthesizers provide just such converters in the form of a Continuous Controller pedal input and a Sustain switch pedal input. Be aware, however, that the two functions are different: the control pedal requires a voltage and the sustain pedal requires a switch type device.
Before connecting a sensor to a keyboard pedal input make sure the sensor action matches that of the pedal and check with the Timara technician to make sure the plug is wired correctly for the particular synth being used. Finally, if you are using more than one or two sensors, look into the Roland PG1000 or the Midi Micro described earlier.
Here are some of our sensors:
Light SensorsFour small boxes with light sensors. The outputs are continuous control voltages.
Light WandThis is a small wand with light sensors at each end working in opposition to each other. Its full continuous voltage range occurs when one end is rotated from light to dark while the opposite is happening at the other end.
Pressure PadsThese are built from a pressure sensitive foam material sandwiched between two metal plates. They put out a rising voltage when squeezed.
Piezo Drum PadsPiezoelectric sensors output a voltage which is sensitive to changes in pressure. These work with the Roland Octapad or the Alesis DM5.
Foot Switch PadsWe have various flat pads which can fit inconspicuously under rugs or mats. When stepped on its internal switch is closed
Flex SensorBending a 5 inch strip in one direction changes the voltage.
Other SensorsAccelerometer Chip, Softpot, Servo and Step Motors, Vibration Motor, Solar Cells, Cadmium Cells, Reed Switch, Tilt Switch, Infrared Proximity Switch, FSR Force Sense Resistor, Ultrasonic Sensor, Capacitive Sensor, PIR
Arduino Boards and Pic Basic Boards.
Arduino MIDI Unit
Box with Arduino, MIDI In/Out interfaces, 2 control voltage inputs on 1/4" jacks (0 to 5 volts), USB Connection for programming.
Raspberry PiSingle board computer with HDMI video output, USB, SD card with Linux System. Programmed with Python. See www.raspberrypi.org and www.themagpi.com
Canon 7D SLR Camera
Canon Vixia HFG10
Canon Vixia HFG20
Sony DCR-VX2000 Digital Camcorder
Sony DCR-TRV900 Digital Camcorder
Canon XL1 Digital Camcorder
Video LightsTwo Small lights powered by rechargable batteries.
Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000Web cameras with USB connection, Microphone and auto focus. Works as a live video source for Max/MSP/Jitter and Isadora.
MicroView USB Microscope
Projection Screen 7.5' x 10'With both front and rear projection screens.
Projection Screen 10.5' x 14'With both front and rear projection screens.
Tripod Projection Screen 6' diagonalFront projection
VGA DistributorFor distributing a single VGA image to several monitors. We have a couple 1-in/2-out units and a larger 1-in/8-out unit.
Sima Video Edit MasterSVHS and NTSC video I/O. Gain, Detail, and Color Picture Enhancement controls. Video fade slider to white or black. Audio Mix section.
Triple Electronic SwitchThis box contains 3 electronic switches, each with one output, two signal inputs and one control input. The output connects to one of the two inputs depending on whether the control voltage is high or low. The signals being switched can be audio or video.
Analog Video Effects BoxTwiddle knobs to add effects such as inversion, posterization, solarization and tint to an NTSC video signal. Good for live video manipulation.
MOTU Ultra Lite
Firewire sound interface with 8 inputs and outputs. Also includes a Midi Interface.
Firewire sound interface with 4 mic inputs and 4 outputs.
MOTU 896 Mk3Firewire sound interface with 8 mic inputs and 8 outputs. Also includes a Midi Interface.
USB Mic MateXLR to USB audio Interface for connecting a Mic directly to a computer
iPod Touch (2)
Decibel, dB Meter Pro, Tone Gen Pro, Freqtune HD, Remote, Remote Mic, Mrmr, OSCemote, Touch OSC, Remokon, Konkreete Performer, Garage Band, Alchemy, Core Synth HD, Sunrizer, Tabletop Synth.