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General Discussion / Re: Great product
« Last post by mario on July 21, 2017, 12:36:10 AM »
@InactiveX, never seen spring reverb in action myself, but sounds like a very intriguing thing - an analog (and perhaps more naturally sounding) precursor of something that is now achievable electronically. On similar note, I've heard from another Gecho owner who constructed his own "acoustic spring board" and got some very interesting results. It was actually what motivated me to implement "reversed" mode (hi-pass filters), to not cut off the more interesting part of the spectrum.

No probs, this forum software is a good one - it just works. I'll aim to continue delivering our firmware in the same ways ;)

@insektgod, welcome - and happy to hear you confirm it can be used for loud playing. By the way, outdoor usage is possible too (apart from sensors blocked by too much light). Sometimes I take it for a walk in the forest, keeping the lid closed will trigger all four controls halfway, which increases sensitivity to ambient noises optimally.

makes me wish there was a proximity controlled cutoff and resonance in 342 and 344 channels... especially the 344 channel.

Do you mean there should be just one filter active, with these two parameters associated with two sensors? That is quite easy to do. Or, to make use of all sensors, have each pair controlling left and right channel respectively (now I see that calling the preset numbers "channels" too, was perhaps not the best idea... :D )

Yes, looking forward to see what can the 321 (listening to IR) and 322 (listening to magnetic sensor) be used for. Perhaps there are some interesting sources of modulated IR radiation or alternating magnetic fields waiting to be discovered.
General Discussion / Re: Iphone app
« Last post by mario on July 20, 2017, 07:06:59 PM »
Oh, where did you read that? :o I can't remember honestly, maybe we contemplated how the phone app might be handy for programming chord progressions... but should not be mandatory way - I'd be happier if this device makes you forget about your smartphones and internets... at least for a while :)

When I get chance to fix the broken programming channels, any application that plays piano on the phone can be used to input notes (this somewhat worked previously). What I'd like to arrange as well is to port the Windows app to Mac OS, but it is not something I've got any experience with. It would be essential for firmware updates though.

General Discussion / Re: Great product
« Last post by insektgod on July 20, 2017, 07:02:48 AM »
A great sounding board... once the box is finished, it's going to be hard to leave home without it. Played it through the speakers on my home stereo system, other than a couple of feedback screeches while learning the controls of the various modes... it sounded lush and lovely. The controls really impressed me... those 4 proximity sensors are really nice... especially their dancing LED levels. The delay time setting (button 3 during play modes) nice feature... makes me wish there was a proximity controlled cutoff and resonance in 342 and 344 channels... especially the 344 channel.

I even tried out the Direct IR channel with my smartphone and it made interesting sounds... I can see that feature being entertaining for experimental recording.

With headphones the Gecho is super cool sounding obviously (might be it's best method for listening and playing)... but I like the ambience it generates in a room with some wide channel separation... just watch the controls or use the line in instead of the Mics. Those mics are very sensitive... it's a plus and a minus... good thing there's level settings for them. The Gecho is not a toy but it sure is fun to play with.
DIY Kits - Soldering, mounting / Re: Adding the 3V line to the battery
« Last post by InactiveX on July 19, 2017, 04:59:24 PM »
Ah right, I did find a wire pin but couldn't really think of a way to wedge it in right.

I like the way I got the three wires to come out of the same side of the battery holder. It's just a bit tidier, I think.
General Discussion / Iphone app
« Last post by Underglass on July 19, 2017, 04:57:53 PM »
I remember talk about an iphone app...any news about that and what will its role for the gecho be?
DIY Kits - Soldering, mounting / Re: Adding the 3V line to the battery
« Last post by mario on July 19, 2017, 04:05:41 PM »
This is a very neat solution, thanks for sharing!

With triple-AAA holders, a wire-connector pin was included, to be inserted into the relevant spring... which might not be too handy when replacing batteries. But I guess I haven't posted any picture of that modification - your one is much better.

Indeed, trying to solder anything on the holder results in immediate disaster :)
DIY Kits - Soldering, mounting / Adding the 3V line to the battery
« Last post by InactiveX on July 19, 2017, 03:00:12 PM »
I thought I'd post up a picture to show how I added the 3V line to the battery holder.

I used the sharp tip of a needle to bend out some of the metal retaining tabs on the appropriate part of the holder for 3V, and placed the green (3V) wire in under a metal tab, flattening it afterwards to keep hold well. I did this on two adjacent tabs on the terminal, for extra strength.

To reinforce things, I bound the three wires together with a zip tie, leaving a little slack on the new 3V line.

NB don't try soldering anything to the battery holder as the plastic will melt in about two seconds.

General Discussion / Re: Great product
« Last post by InactiveX on July 19, 2017, 07:41:19 AM »
Cheers Mario. With a typical guitar amp's HF roll-off, I've got some really nice "woody", full-fat sounds. The spring reverb works well with Gecho too.

Thanks for increasing the attachment size. That's great; I asked, and you delivered! First class.

I will of course put up pictures of my finished box (when it's done). Really looking forward to seeing other Gechologists' work too.
General Discussion / Re: Great product
« Last post by mario on July 19, 2017, 12:47:41 AM »
Hi InactiveX, thank you for a great feedback - glad you like it and having fun already! Delighted to hear that you got some good results from playing it loud, connected to this kind of amplifier - as that's something I've never tried.

Also, thanks for heads up re attachments - it was configured to quite limiting default values, so I increased it a lot :)

Hope you will post the photos of the box too, once it's finished - it would be great to make a dedicated page for user's creations - more than half of all KS rewards were DIY kits so maybe we can see some very interesting pieces :)

General Discussion / Great product
« Last post by InactiveX on July 18, 2017, 07:56:00 PM »
I've been playing with my Gecho for the last couple of weeks since I got it. I'm so impressed! The sounds are beautiful and there's clearly lots to explore. The wooden box looks splendid. I'm going to get mine finished by a furniture restorer whom I know.

I've been experimenting particularly with different amplifiers. I got a really big sound from my old Fender Twin guitar amp. By varying the volume and positioning, I've come up with some great textures.

Is there any chance we could be able to upload pictures with a bigger size on here? 128K isn't a lot! I've got a snap that I'd like to upload that I think might be useful.

Thanks Mario. Backing the Gecho was well worth it. I'm thrilled!
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