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.
This year has been a great one. I've been fortunate enough to travel around the world and see some incredible sights. It's funny that the more one travels the more one really appreciates wherever it is you call home. This year I was away from home for the Thanksgiving holiday. So I'm very thankful to be amongst family for Christmas.
I'm about to embark on a trip around the world. Maybe not literaly around the world, but pretty close. As part of a documentary (Imba Means Sing) I've been helping to make, I'll be flying to Ireland to document African Children's Choir #39 trip back home to Uganda. Choir #39 has been on tour the past 18 months. The kids have traveled all over The U.S. and Canada and are now on their way home through The U.K.
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.