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Questions / Re: Educational Material
« on: Today at 08:02:42 AM »
I get you because i too would always prefer to receive hints to adequate resources from Users already familiar with a specific device or system. That's very natural to do, so don't worry i understand you. I hope the links will inspire you to keep digging as deep as you need for your educational project. :)

Much Love

Questions / Re: Need immediate with battery case!!
« on: August 16, 2018, 11:58:32 PM »
and stay tuned, I am working on a new version with another group which will provide some significant enhancement, greatly improve support, and perhaps intruding some Wireless, multiple device, and modular connectivity. Get excited.

This sounds intriguing of course. :) As you remember i couldn't place an order with Data Garden in the past, as they have been sold out in the wrong time. I didn't want to wait months, so i looked up for an alternative & so stumbled upon your store. Thanks to your commitment & service i could fetch my very first MIDI-Sprout from your shop. After that, i could count on your first aid from a long distance.

Your explanation & encouragement helped me to replace my blown chips due to a risky experiment. And so i ended up getting a 2nd MIDI-Sprout as spare device because you always have been there to answer my needs. A reliable customer service builds up trust which you never forget. As i also love to see Joe's commitment he continues to carry on i literally stand between two parties not compatible with each other anymore.

I would have to lie myself if i wouldn't secretly wish you & Joe to agree with each other on a good compromise basis that still could contain new enhancements. Even though i'm a bit skeptic about WLAN, as due layman level i can't imagine how to filter the environment radiation (perhaps per software?) coming from other devices, which could interrupt with the capturing process needed to be focused on the fluctuations of the connected lifeforms, i remain open-minded about the wireless feature.

It's just that i need your insightful videos for better understanding which i expect you to record anyway once you are almost ready to either go for a crowdfunding first before it goes retail or bypass that to direct sells world wide. Please inform me via email once you have uploaded first impressions of your new designed device. I expect a change in price tag because the more features inbuilt the bigger the effort in general. The features that i crave for most are as it follows:

.) CV connectivity, so Sprout could trigger given options on a modular device. I for myself keep thinking about Behringer's Neutron OR Arturia Minibrute 2. Both are attracting & would come in bearable weight & dimensions.

.) Another request - for the convenience  sake - is edibility as such for scales, velocity, notes & chords via software OR on Midi-Sprout's display IF possible respectively IF an affordable version remains feasible.

.) i wouldn't mind Sprout to control several devices at once neither. :) It just would be a dream if Sprout's signal could be split internally, so before it goes to the connected MIDI-devices you could program each "MIDI channel" with different aspects.

I'm aware this sounds too crazy but hey, we Artists ought to be like that. ;) Example, i want Sprout to trigger JP-8080 where i have prepared a deep atmospheric pad reverbed to no end. As with all long sustained sounds you want Sprout to send only a couple of notes in time.

While for a bassline on Korg Volca Bass it could work with more notes. The same with a sequenced sound on a Korg Volca FM etc... I'm sure you get my point here. :) Basically we can workaround this by Software. Ableton Live Users seem to know their ways to gain more influence while i have my ways in Propellerhead Reason to cope or compensate with the well-known limitations.

.) The flashy led show needs to stay although you eventually have to find a new logo, which makes sense & i bet there are a couple of possible demands of what Sprout should indicate on it's surface but the more features get packed the more complex the concept become which results in a more expensive end product.

Last but not least, ...i want to stay honest with you, ...it would hurt to see a price tag corresponding to Damanhur's U1 device, which shouldn't be so expensive anymore. Their Bamboo seems to react on MIDI-Sprout's increasing popularity & the demand for a portable & lightweight solution. As someone interested in Sounddesign i don't demand for an inbuilt ROMpler but what i crave for are features that ignite & support the creative flow, so to speak.

On the other hand, for you & your crew, from a business point of view it would make sense to get as much potential customers as possible. :)

Much Love

Hi Clive!

If i recall it was through Ebay, you can find a couple of deals there:

In regards DAW, to each his/her own. I can't let go of Propellerhead Reason for several reasons. The workflow in Reason fits me & i like to mess with signal routing, so therefore this is the perfect virtual environment to stay. As with Genre Ambient there are no rules set in stone. My intention with Plant based music is to define but also allow organic accidents in beautiful way. :)

And last but not least Caustic, ...as i don't have an Iphone i can't try Data Garden's App but one thing is certain, ...Caustic is also a choice for Sound design. As i said, there are limits if you review this from a spoiled perspective but overall it is a great App for Android & IOS.

Much Love

Hi desertskymc!

This is the closest that i can offer as video evidence. I didn't record another one yet to support this topic further. Unfortunately Auto-Arp isn't available anymore for purchase because of the developer's deadly accident a few years ago but there are a couple of other scales mapping choices with & for the Reason platform. The closest solution is Auto Theory: https://shop.propellerheads.se/rack-extension/autotheory.

Looks like there are insightful discussions happening on KVR. The thread has also something for FL users who have wondered about an inbuilt scaling feature in FL studio, which of course is missing in Reason as "inhouse"-feature: https://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=7064088. Thankfully Propellerhead's Rack Extension format compensates that through 3rd party developers.

In regards Caustic, my main purpose to purchase Caustic 3 was to loose carry weight while on hiking. It serves my purpose as a mobile studio, as it has scales, velocity, a piano roll & a couple of devices & effects, which help me to create basic patches too. You can not expect extreme complex patches & even so, think about CPU usage, which is the TOP priority on road.

So basically, i stick to the - capture midi from plants agenda - & then create more complex soundscapes in the Reason rack at home, for the imported midi content. Of course, i could & might consider to make use of Caustic's sound (export/import wave) & then flourish the sound's character by a chain of effects mounted inside an Audio track device. The options are endless, we never run out of ideas, can we ? ;)

Much Love

Questions / Re: Question about midi data
« on: June 13, 2018, 10:59:46 AM »
Hi Alinta!

The link to your image doesn't contain a image file format. In order to make images show in a thread you need to point where the image is stored, or else it leads to an error. Once an image is uploaded on a server you need to make use of it's location. In that case right click on the image & then select copy image address or copy image location or something like that, depending on your browser.

In regards your second question i may have my theories on it but you need to read it from the source for your confirmations sake, so i will leave it to Sam to explain it more scientifically. Patterns can change & they won't sound the same. So this is not limited about that each plant pulls out differently. Surprises need to be expected.

Much Love

I adore your paintings on your sprout. I may have inherited drawing skills from my Mother but i wouldn't dare to paint my sprout, so i accept it's plain & simple look as it is, after the motto you can not estimate the real value of an object by observing/judging it's cover.  :-[ :) So be it.

In regards your calling about us explaining our solutions of how we change velocity & harmonics for MIDI-Sprout in our favourite DAW, ...well i may not have a  deep connection & experience with Ableton Live but i gave hints about how to achieve changes within Propellerhead's Reason rack.

When you go on Youtube & Twitter i have a couple of examples with MIDI-Sprout, either in conjunction with Propellerhead Reason or with two mobile solutions dedicated to Android Users (Caustic 3 & FL Mobile Studio) . In Caustic 3 it is easy to change scales & you can also setup your own scales.

Much Love

As you are asking for a rep support in advance,... this forum has been setup so the members can help each other. If this fails then either Sam or Data Garden might jump in to aid with support. Your question depends on with whom you are placing an order with. In my case, i did business with Sam twice because at one hand Data Garden was out of stock a longer period due MIDI-Sprout's increased popularity.

They had to extend their network. At the other hand i enjoyed to deal with Sam, as he quickly reacted to my questions via mail & helped me out with spare chips, which speaks for an excellent customer support & that is why i can wholeheartedly recommend Sam Cusumano. To be fair i don't know much about Data Garden's support quality yet but i'm sure they do cherish their customers as well.

Sam can also accept custom ideas, which means if someone has additional ideas like Bluetooth or WiFi integration then he is the guy to talk to. He also provides with Biodata Sonification Kit for those who love to build their MIDI-Sprout & he can program the chip by request. As far as i understand, Data Garden sells/manufacturers Sam's blueprint. Just recently, Sam has revealed that he isn't part of the Data Garden team any more, so for us outsiders, this seems to be a little confusing, i know.

Data Garden can provide with an iOS package & they released their first MIDI-Sprout APP for iOS (Android OS is in the works). I love both parties equally. They are clever & creative guys & love Art, Creativity & Mother Nature as much as i do. MIDI-Sprout itself doesn't require big maintenance but a good care, as it's beautifully designed cardboard casing is fragile. If you happen to have budgies as well, ...then don't allow them to sit & stay on your MIDI-Sprout. Their claws are able to leave tiny but noticeable scratches. :)

As luck would have it i own two MIDI-Sprouts by now. The 1st MIDI-Sprout required maintenance by myself. Sam's guidance encouraged me, he rocks!  :-[ :) I was to careless with a crazy experiment which involved a high-voltage device trying to capture pulsating anions in the air. This had interesting patterns but yeah, i wouldn't recommend to replicate this experiment UNLESS either Sam or Data Garden come up with secured electrode leads.  :-[

Much Love

Questions / Re: Help with midisprout and snoize on Mac
« on: May 25, 2018, 12:53:21 PM »
As i don't have an IOS yet (still only on Windows), i might be not much of help but until some of the Mac Users chime in, i will share my thoughts on your dilemma. According to your description it sounds to me like either a failing MIDI-Interface/USB-MIDI Interface OR a failing USB slot.

Firstly, a noticeable number of Users experienced that most no-name USB-MIDI Interfaces don't work with MIDI-Sprout. Unfortunately you have to fetch a branded gear. In my case i can wholeheartedly recommend either NI Komplete Audio 6 or Creative-E-MU X-MIDI 1x1_Tab. Normally the iConnectMIDI1+ should work as well.

Secondly, i assume that you are an experienced User, so it can't be MIDI-Sprout connected with a wrong MIDI-port.

Otherwise if you need certainty then turn off your Macbook & disconnect your USB Hub etc... for 15 Minutes. IF your Macbook's battery is good in reach then take it out for 15 Minutes as well before you get it back & connect everything again. If this didn't help then wait for Sam or Data Garden to respond to you.

Much Love

Development / Re: Future versions of MIDI sprout
« on: May 21, 2018, 10:14:01 AM »
Sam already knows my habit, respectively my desire of wanting to build bridges between people & opposing opinions. I wish both parties would continue the development together. Never say no, as we are perceiving a flexible reality, where each individual CAN be a co-creator of the whole adventure called life. So i will remain open-minded & see where it takes us.

In regards development i'm curious of how reliable WiFi & Bluetooth can be, because we are surrounded, furthermore dwelling in a soup of frequencies emitted by all kinds of devices. From my limited logical point of view i guess we can't let go of TENS electrodes. They still remain as a key to the plant's musical soul, if you like. 

The crucial difference is an increased comfort as we won't be bothered by cable salad or limited in range. It would. And it would be cool to dock on several plants the same time to create an Orchestra performed by Mother Nature! :) Another thing i'm wondering is an energy related aspect, ...how are we going to solve it. Do we stick to several workarounds or can that all be solved IN ONE BOX. And if yes, how many batteries are required to maintain a reliable WiFi/Bluetooth for at least one or two hours ?

Rechargeable batteries are required, no doubt but as i'm not a technician by nature, i'm asking amateur questions related to answers too obvious for the specialists. I may be an allrounder but i'm not specialist in electronics. So Sam & everyone, ...feel free to help me out.  :-[

Much Love

Questions / Re: Chinese Arduino
« on: May 02, 2018, 10:53:55 AM »
Until Sam or another experienced Users chimes in, ..did you check the tutorial on http://support.midisprout.com/index.php?topic=9.0 ?

Much Love

Hi Adrien!


MIDI-Sprout sends through CC80. The code reveals everything you need to know.

Below you will find the codebase for the MIDI Sprout.  You can easily edit the code using the Arduino IDE and upload to your sprout.  You can change the note range, apply a musical scale to the data, change the MIDI CC controller number, and even build your own change detection algorithms!

Download a zip file containing the Arduino sketch .ino files: MIDI Psychogalvanometer 328p v021

LEDFader library from jgillick, be sure to add this to your Arduino Libraries from the gitHub repository.

The onboard ATMEGA328 chip is clocked at 16Mhz, just like an Arduino Uno.  One easy way to reprogram your Sprout would be to upload your new Code to an Arduino Uno, carefully remove the IC from the Uno board and exchange with the chip on your Sprout!

The MIDI Sprout circuit board includes pads for ICSP (In Circuit Serial Programming), to facilitate copying code to the ATMEGA328 chip when using a programmer.

Source: http://support.midisprout.com/index.php?topic=9.0

Much Love

Questions / Re: Starting my mini sprout
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:05:19 PM »
MIDI-Sprout requires three AA batteries. Otherwise you can try alternative power supplies.

Much Love

Questions / Re: Midi Monitor not responding
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:57:11 PM »
Good that i read your second post prior my response. I was very close to suggest you to change batteries when only one colour lights up. :) In regards more output,...several factors may come into play. One that i can think of is the plant's mood. Sometimes there are periods of silence. This also occurs with plants residing in forests. And the same goes for the amount of the notes. This can vary as well. Think of plants as sentential beings.

Once they are aware of their own music it's still up to them to participate or not. So this can't be always a matter of conductivity. For the sake of certainty i always have a spare of TENS pads with me & once i arrive home i clean it's surfaces, so i can re-use them again the next time. The second factor could be due the size of it's surface. For instance, weed has tiny pieces to clip on. You can't use TENS pads there or else you tear apart a lifeforms part of it's body. The same with small leaves which is why i'm equipped with TENS clips too.

Usually MIDI-Sprout pulls of a great activity. Not infrequently i have to throttle the amount of the notes with the knob. On the DAW's side there are ways to FORCE the note range with Plugins offering Arpeggios or Scale adjustments. Some DAW's such Caustic 3 allow to set the Scale. In Propellerhead Reason you could try Thor's Step sequencer, among other possibilities. 

If you think your TENS pads don't provide enough conductivity then add a few drops of a lubricant gel. Usually you don't need to do that because when you carefully wash it's surface you are good to go again.

Much Love

Development / Re: USB midi not working
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:17:26 PM »
This is an interesting read which needs to be shared, so potential MIDI-Sprout Users won't ever thinking on acquiring a cheap USB-MIDI adapter or IF they are versed enough in electronics EXPECT to fix it. I can wholeheartedly & confidently recommend the Creative's E-MU Xmidi 1x1 Tab.

Thank you Sam & Manuel for brainstorming!

Much Love

Questions / Re: Need immediate with battery case!!
« on: April 16, 2018, 11:44:47 AM »
I can't wait Steve & all the best for your project. I hope you will make it in time and have back your MIDI-Sprout working for your concert. :)

Much Love

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