To start off with I am very much an Arduino noob. I know how to stick a circuit together with an Atmega in and how to upload a program to said Atmega, but the programming is well beyond my capabilities. I have been building a modular synthesizer for one and a half year now and am making good progress. I understand the workings of logic chips like CMOS and can work with opamps and the like. I have made two modules that use the Arduino/ Atmega, a voltage quantiser and a CV/gate to midi converter (which is actually a miduino kit). These are really simple and compact builds compared to a lot of stuff. Sometimes I stumble into a circuit and think that it could be easily implemented with Arduino Atmega, saving a lot of solder and time. I just can't seem to get my head around the programming, it just isn't for me it seems. Right now I have such a project, a 2 octave CV/gate keyboard to play my synthesizer (although I can't really play).
I have an old keyboard that I can hack two octaves off and use the diode matrix of. It actually has the PCB for the matrix divided in several lengths among which is a two octave piece (great!) I found schematics for this type of thing right here and I even understand them! It seems to me though, that this can be easily done in Arduino, giving many more options if needed, such as building in a sequencer or what not.
Anyway, does anybody know of a schematic and sketch that may help me with this? I have some DAC0808 aroud somewhere that I could use here by the way (however 2 octaves doesn't need 8 bits, whatever).
Would be lovely!
kind regards, Niels