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User Submitted Sounds and Presets / Re: Midisprout Shakuhachi and Dog
« on: December 24, 2017, 06:48:52 PM »
Looks like your Dog wants to join your music session with the plant together. Nicely done, you know to play your Shakuhachi flute. :) Did you use the MIDI-Sprout App as Instrument for your Plant to play with ?

Much Love
Nicola

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Questions / Re: Midi-USB-Galaxy s8 phone?
« on: December 06, 2017, 02:09:47 AM »
Your reply gives me peace as i really worried about me leading you to a wrong product, thanks to the most-recent faux pass. I thank you for your kind words and i'm looking forward to read about also your experiences with MIDI-Sprout. Perhaps you could share with us your recordings either as MP3, Soundcloud or Youtube uploads. It is always interesting to listen of how Plants sound like according to their mood, their environment & daytime! :)

Much Love
Nicola

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Questions / Re: Midi-USB-Galaxy s8 phone?
« on: December 04, 2017, 07:36:07 PM »
Melanie i have to apologize to you as i obviously didn't notice you to be an Android User as well. I had too much going on on my part lately, ...having a lot to read and write, so thanks to these exhausting days it caused me to read over the most critical part of your post. I feel so ashamed about this, really! I hope you didn't buy the iConnectMIDI1 yet, as this isn't a solution for Android devices!

This has been a great lesson for me, will never try to answer questions related posts again during days with great overload of work. I agree with what Sam has said and maybe my following roundup (copied from a posting on my Google+ account) will help you to spare from more brainstorming. I had the same situation as you and so asked Sam about his opinion as well a few months ago, via Email. :)

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Dear Everyone!

The following brainstorming is about if MIDI-Sprout connected with an Android device (Tablet, Smartphone) is possible. Since i don't own an Iphone/Ipad i'm eager to find an alternative workaround. Before i'm going to introduce the required components i would like to remember, that Data Garden's Summer Sale with $250 will not last forever - > http://store.midisprout.com. Just in case if you can't take advantage of this special right now then don't worry, they will continue to make MIDI-Sprout available - > https://squareup.com/store/electricityforprogress.

Check Your Phone for USB On-The-Go (USB OTG)

Because of a technology called USB On-The-Go (USB OTG), your Android device might even be more powerful than you thought. This allows you to connect other devices to your smartphone or tablet using a $5 adapter that plugs into your charging port, and the possibilities are almost endless. But not all phones support USB OTG, and there's a bit more to learn about the tech, so we'll cover it all below.

What Is USB OTG?

USB OTG is a hardware and software standard that allows you to connect a device to your smartphone or tablet through the USB Type-C or micro USB port. Almost anything that uses a USB connector can be plugged into your Android device with USB OTG, at which point you would be able to control the second device using your smartphone, or vice versa.

Source: https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-to/android-basics-check-your-phone-for-usb-go-support-connect-flash-drives-control-dslrs-more-0174182

Examples:

My Android device is a smartphone called Motorola Moto G2 (2nd) gen. It is known for having a micro USB instead the modern USB type-c port. Don't worry, both types will work but will require a different USB OTG cable:

OTG Cables (Devices with micro USB Ports)

Here are some regular OTG cables with good reviews on Amazon for devices that have a micro USB port.

Ugreen USB OTG Cable (currently $4.79)
Cable Matters USB OTG Cable 2-Pack (currently $6.99)
C&E USB OTG Cable (currently $4.99)

OTG Cables (Devices with USB Type-C Ports)

If you own a newer Android device that uses the USB Type-C port, you should make sure to get an OTG adapter that will fit your phone or tablet. Here are some of the best options on Amazon.

RAVPower USB-C On-The-Go Cable (currently $7.99)
VicTsing Type-C USB OTG Dongle (currently $6.55)
Jelly Comb Type-C USB 3.1 OTG Dongle (currently $11.70)

Source: https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-to/android-basics-check-your-phone-for-usb-go-support-connect-flash-drives-control-dslrs-more-0174182
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Powered OTG Cables (Devices with micro USB Ports)

If you'd like to be able to charge your phone while another device is connected to it, you'll need an externally-powered USB OTG cable. This is basically a splitter that connects to three things at the same time: Your Android device, the external device, and a power cable.

AtomicMarket Externally-Powered USB OTG Cable (currently $9.99)
Elipsis 7 Powered USB OTG Cable (currently $3.99)
Pocketgames Self-Powered USB OTG Dongle (currently $9.98)

Source: https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-to/android-basics-check-your-phone-for-usb-go-support-connect-flash-drives-control-dslrs-more-0174182
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Testing OTG ability with the OTG Tester:

1) Install USB OTG Tester

To find out if your Android device supports USB OTG, start by installing a free app called USB OTG Tester.

Install USB OTG Tester from the Google Play Store

Source: https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-to/android-basics-check-your-phone-for-usb-go-support-connect-flash-drives-control-dslrs-more-0174182
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2) Check OTG ability with a file-manager:

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Purchase an OTG Adapter to Connect Other Devices

Now that you're sure your phone or tablet can take advantage of USB OTG technology, it's a safe bet to go ahead and buy a USB OTG adapter. There are two main types of OTG cables, one is powered and one is not. Most uses will not require an externally-powered USB OTG cable, so a regular OTG cable should fill all of your needs.
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MIDI to USB Interface Cable Adapter:

The next important component is a MIDI to USB Interface Cable Adapter. This makes it possible to stream MIDI-Sprout's data to your Android device. As i haven't tried yet an USB Interface Cable Adapter so far i can't provide you with a full-bullet-proof recommendation. Make use of the following links and use discernment during your dissension making. The overall evaluation and the reviews might indicate the right choice. The shown examples might be available as well on Amazon, Ebay, AliExpress or in a local store:

. ) http://www.ebay.com/itm/MIDI-to-USB-Interface-Cable-Adapter-for-Keyboard-Electronic-Drum-Music-Create-/252468442079?hash=item3ac84ab3df:g:AfsAAOSwIgNXjzaL
. ) https://www.thomann.de/gb/search_dir.html?bf=&sw=midi%20usb

Last but least Music software, to make MIDI-Sprout's stream audible. Google play has a market for Virtual Synths & MIDI-Sequencers which will enable you to record your memorable moments with Mother Nature and share it with Family & Friends:

. ) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rockrelay.synth.dx747
. ) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xewton.musicstudiolite
. ) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rockrelay.synth.dx7.piano
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Conclusion:

Once i get all these components it means to have found a light-weight and flexible solution helping me to extend my hikes in the future. I want to thank Sam Cusumano for his suggestions via Email support.

Let Mother Nature in your heart
Nicola

Much Love
Nicola


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Questions / Re: Intermittent Midi Sprout
« on: December 03, 2017, 06:30:19 AM »
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I've also noticed how mishandling of the electrodes (touching things which would obviously destroy an electronic device - like a toaster) can cause many problems which can only be fixed by replacing the 555 timer... honestly i'm amazed that anyone can blow out a 555 timer, but its exciting that our MIDI Sprout community has explored deep enough to surprise even the engineer!

@Sam
I guess i was one of them, you got me good here. hahaha ;) Well, i still come up with crazy ideas but i'm more cautious now and manage to resist the dangerous ones. Once you have the foolproof electrode cables, i will definitely order a few of them at your place. :) In regards annoying notes it isn't impossible to come up with workarounds even inside a DAW but i can sympathize with all those who have less experience or less patience for experiments. And yes, the new APP looks promising. Once Data Garden is ready for an Android version i will give it a try. I wish they could add recording/saving midi-notes, as an extra option, which needs to be activated by the User. I would appreciate this because i have plans for a light-weight option on road. Don't want to carry around a heavy bag with me while wandering in the Woods. Want to enjoy it and try out several plant species & then use the data for further productions at home.

Much Love
Nicola

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Questions / Re: Midi-USB-Galaxy s8 phone?
« on: December 03, 2017, 04:41:00 AM »
That's a good question Melanie and as i don't have an Iphone (Android User here) i'm not qualified to answer but what i can say is that the best way to avoid headaches is to get yourself the iConnectMIDI1. It really covers everything you need while your attempted workaround may work or not. You should contact Sam. He seems to be knowledgeable with most adapters.

Much Love
Nicola

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User Submitted Sounds and Presets / Re: Ivy In the woods
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:08:45 AM »
Hi Hokano!

Your described experience reminds me on the research from Prof. Novoplansky, Dr.Suzanne Simard and Prof. Stefan Mancuso who basically say that plants are communicating with each other, are aware and able to make developmental decisions based on information they perceive from their environment and neighbors. And it also reminds me on my experiences in the Vienna woods, where the same tree had emitted different frequencies during the morning compared with afternoon. It may be possible that it also depends on the level of noise. In my case i had children playing around the tree while i tried to record it, while the afternoon was characterized by a calm atmosphere with less activity.





The tree is nearby a playground and the children and chirping birds brought up a positive vibration. :) So therefore it makes sense to me that plants do react on sudden changes. Another aspect is that all lifeforms on earth depend on Earth's Schumann Resonance. I guess Plants have mood swings like us, reacting on good and bad weather = spherics seasons and day/night conditions. Thus, different frequencies and consequently different music. :)

Much Love
Nicola

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User Submitted Sounds and Presets / Re: alive!... eurorack and midi sprout
« on: November 04, 2017, 06:15:35 PM »
I'm impressed by the results and creativity of your plant. The only thing i kind of missed was the lack of stereo field. Otherwise a very nice and peaceful treasury providing a peaceful and organic atmosphere. Thumbs up! :)

Much Love
Nicola

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User Submitted Sounds and Presets / Re: Ivy In the woods
« on: November 04, 2017, 06:10:06 PM »
Your soundscape has a decent sound quality. I can tell the effort in the EQing process which excellently avoids otherwise harsh frequencies. That isn't always easy to find the golden optimum. Just by the way, the soundworld's hunting feel reminds me on Steve Roach's Spirit dome. Just out of curiosity, ...when did you capture this recording ? Was it at mornings, afternoons or just before sunset ?

Much Love
Nicola

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User Submitted Sounds and Presets / Re: peace lily + midisprout + eurorack
« on: November 04, 2017, 05:58:03 PM »
Looks like Peace Lilly had much fun with your Eurorack. Plants prove to be very creative, spontaneous and open-minded exploring new sound dimensions. The sound partly had a didgeridoo touch. :)

Much Love
Nicola

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In which you stop spaming a forum you do yourself a big favor to free your mind from contra productive concepts driven by ideologies. You don't have to resonate with everything but life can be so much easier and fair for everyone if we are willing to follow principles of the golden rule. I strongly believe they make sense, regardless from where somebody comes from. Try to enrich your life with a new productive purpose.

Much Love
Nicola

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Questions / Re: Slow down MIDI data in real time
« on: September 28, 2017, 09:44:06 PM »
Also keep in mind that depending on the Soft or Hardware synthesizer's design you may have already available an inbuilt Appreciator to your disposal. And Arpeggios are based on rates as well, therefore how fast a defined range is played, so to speak.

Much Love
Nicola

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Questions / Re: Slow down MIDI data in real time
« on: September 28, 2017, 09:19:10 PM »
Hi everyone.
Does anyone know if it possible to slow down the MIDI signal as it is being played (not after it has been recorded). I feel sure there ought to be a way of doing this possibly through a third party plugin for either Mac or iOS, but despite much Googling haven't found a solution yet... Any help much appreciated.

Hi Petrus!

IF your question relates with tempo itself then automating the tempo of the DAW, to a specific desired value comes in my mind. This will not reduce the value of the incoming fluctuation of course. Hint: http://support.midisprout.com/index.php?topic=325.msg466#msg466

Just in case you want to have more control about the notes then you might want to go for a Scale player plugin and for an Arpeggiator plugin of your choice to change the rate. Arpeggiator plugins allow to adjust a synced rate, which ranges between 1/1 to 1/128 or a free rate, which may range between 0.1 - 250 Hz.

If you use Propellerhead Reason then you might be interested in my previously explained workaround on: http://support.midisprout.com/index.php?topic=1484.msg1899#msg1899. I have to add that Reason's RPG-8 may be also worth a try, if you are a Reason user.

Much Love
Nicola

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Hi hokano!

I'm glad you like it. Indeed, MIDI-Sprout ignites different ways to perceive and create Art. Prior MIDI-Sprout i was used to either do my own thing or take pieces from other Artists on Allihoopa, by shaping and integrating them in Ambient soundworlds. With MIDI-Sprout comes an unique possibility to invite Mother Nature and i have say the variation and natural spontaneity always fascinates me.

Plants are also able to learn and adapt but this requires a deeper friendship and patience worth a try. Many need to RE-think how they approach Nature and treat their houseplants. As being part of an hurry-up society we are used to demand for quick services and actions, ....it feels like we are running out of time while time itself is an illusion plus artificial concept not known to Nature.

The well-known natural cycles such Day/Night, Seasons etc... don't follow the clock nor the Gregorian calendar.  Currently i'm awaiting my second MIDI-Sprout. Had to re-order again because i caused a short-circuit and this - most-likely - has blown the chips. Sam told me that this could have been avoided with modified electrodes, by adding voltage/current protection.

However, i'm sure you will enjoy your collaborations with Mother Nature. Unique experiences to be expected. :)

Much Love
Nicola

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Questions / Re: Intermittent Midi Sprout
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:15:47 AM »
There are a couple of things which we might want to get familiar with in order to achieve a fluent cooperation with our Plants at home and in the forest. It is up to us. We need to be ready to expand our perception, so we can build a deeper relationship, which needs a deeper understanding of how Nature and the Universe work all together. Perhaps needless to say that avoiding pesticides, herbicides and insecticides (can inhibit Photosynthesis), then clean water, an ideal soil quality (the needed PH-value amongst other details varies from Plant to Plant) and last but not least the basic knowledge about Photosynthesis may help to improve & maintain the Plant's health condition.

http://www.ourwonderlife.com/432hz-the-healing-harmonic-tones
https://dengarden.com/gardening/the-effect-of-music-on-plant-growth

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“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
? Nikola Tesla






Much Love
Nicola

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Questions / Re: Midi Monitor not responding
« on: September 07, 2017, 01:27:18 PM »
Hi YosoyTao, did Sam's recommendation really not help you ?!? I always believed Mac Users to dwell in a more convenient paradise. OSX has fancy tools such Metasynth. :) I start to get very curious on this topic. Hope that more Users will chime in to shed a bright light on a full-proof solution. Good luck!

Much Love
Nicola

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