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Need someone to build me this little box...
Old 15th June 2005
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Need someone to build me this little box...

Hello...I am looking for someone, preferably in the SF Bay area, to take on a small electronics project. This would be well paid. I need a handheld unit with 2 momentary buttons. One would trigger a highly transient sound with a short decay, the other would trigger a sustained tone. The sounds would be internally generated. It would have a lead terminating in a 1/4" male end. It would be great if the output level would be hot enough to go straight into ProTools, but it is no problem if it needs to be lower. I need this to be done quickly, and well.

If anyone is interested, please reply to this thread, or email me
Old 16th June 2005
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Originally Posted by patchboy
Hello...I am looking for someone, preferably in the SF Bay area, to take on a small electronics project. This would be well paid. I need a handheld unit with 2 momentary buttons. One would trigger a highly transient sound with a short decay, the other would trigger a sustained tone. The sounds would be internally generated. It would have a lead terminating in a 1/4" male end. It would be great if the output level would be hot enough to go straight into ProTools, but it is no problem if it needs to be lower. I need this to be done quickly, and well.

If anyone is interested, please reply to this thread, or email me
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Don't know what the purpose is, but you need a signal generator, followed by a simple normally- open PB switch. Real easy to stick in a box with a 1/4" jack at the input, and a 1/4" jack at the output. As for the generator, look at this:

http://www.shure.com/accessories/a15tg.asp

Good luck, Paul
Old 16th June 2005
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I understand what you are suggesting, but it is a bit more specific. The tones generated are to be used as a visual reference in the waveforms of a track in PT. We need to mark takes on the fly, and the distinct visual difference between a transient and sustained waveform would be our indicator of good or bad, as associated with a concurrently recorded track. Also, it will be in the hands of a person for whom it must be a no-brainer to operate. All of the signal generators that I have seen require switching from pulse to sine wave (or pink noise, or whatever) before triggering the tone. I need something that has separate buttons for each tone. Furthermore, I need something that has only these 2 buttons; more will just confuse the user.

But thanks for your input...
Old 17th June 2005
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Maybe you could get a cheap drum machine (whatever is the current analog to the old Synsonics or something) and use a snare hit to denote "good" and a crash cymbal to denote "not good". If you clearly color coded the buttons, this might be an easy solution. I realize that it's not a TOTAL no-brainer, but perhaps you can also de-assign the unused buttons. I mean, the person you're going to have pushing the buttons will probably be just a little bit 'trainable'.

The visual difference between the two sounds in the PT edit window should be easy to discern.
Old 17th June 2005
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Paia sells a PC board with various analog drum signal generators:

http://www.paia.com/syndrum.htm

Might be useful for the underlying sounds.

Bri
Old 21st June 2005
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V/O studio where I used to work had a 60 Hz tone in the talkback button - whenever you talked to the studio it put this low tone on. For the trasient you just bump the button, for long tone you held it down for a few seconds. It was a low frequency so it could be heard when fast forwarding the tape to edit takes.

You could do it with a simple cheap tone generator into a mic channel, just hit the on button...
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