Dana Simmons is a professional audio engineer and technology consultant and dabbles in instrument invention, synthesizer construction and other experimental music and technology related projects. Here he rambles about his recent projects and such.
I bought a Taig hobby lathe earlier this year. It is awesome, a great machine. It doesn't have a lead screw for cutting threads though.
Quad copters have come a long way in the past years. With the rising popularity of microprocessor kits like the arduino, it is now very simple to control an otherwise complex vehicle. Control gets even more simple when using community developed software like Aeroquad. Aeroquad is a purpose built software that handles flight control and balancing of a multi-rotor aircraft. It even has plugins for gps navigation and wireless video!! How cool is that!
Summer is here and it's been another busy one. This collection of pictures pretty much sums up the past couple of months.
I've been testing using the iPhone to read Longitudinal Time Code (LTC). This is useful using several different apps, especially the Movie Slate app. Most apps recommend the purchase of specially made cables to allow the input of the timecode audio signals into the iPhone. The problem is, that these cables are around $30. The special trrs connector used to input audio into the iPhone is only a couple dollars. So I decided to make my own.
Thats a wrap on The Morningside Monster. Nine days of non-stop shooting. Night shoots, company moves, and challenging locations made this one of the most logistically challenging projects I've been on. It's all in the can now, and the crew will come back in the spring for limited pickup shoots after shopping buyers and investors.
After a busy summer it was time for some serious rest and recuperation. I was able to take off to Montana and spend some time with the girl friend touring around Bozeman, and eventually Yellow Stone National Park.
What a fantastic trip. The pictures I brought back can't begin to capture the huge amount of scenery I witnessed.