Comments for ColorSynth Tue, 09 Sep 2014 07:54:14 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on What do the knobs do? by admin Tue, 09 Sep 2014 07:54:14 +0000 The knobs and button allow you to control the ColorSynth when you don’t have a MIDI device handy. They also send control changes to the MIDI out port, allowing you to control other ColorSynths (or even other MIDI devices and software).

By default when you first turn the ColorSynth on:

Knob 1 controls the RGB spectrum oscillator
Knob 2 controls strobing
Knob 3 controls the master level

Press the button and the ColorSynth will momentarily flash GREEN. Now:

Knob 1 controls the Red oscillator
Knob 2 controls the Blue oscillator
Knob 3 controls the Green oscillator

Press the button again and now it flashes BLUE:

Knob 1 controls the Red level
Knob 2 controls the Green level
Knob 3 controls the Blue level

Press the button again and it will flash RED, and you’re back at the default mode.

Dipswitch 5 disables the knobs from controlling the ColorSynth, but either way the knobs will transmit CC values on channel 16.

Comment on What MIDI messages does the ColorSynth recognize? by admin Tue, 09 Sep 2014 07:45:33 +0000 Notes – sets the color
Velocity – harder = fast color changes, softer = slow transitions between colors
Modulation – Strobing

Channel – set by dip switches 1-4, all down = Channel 1

Control changes:

CC1 – Strobing
CC3 – RGB color picker
CC9 – RGB oscillator
CC14 – Red
CC15 – Green
CC16 – Blue
CC17 – Master Intensity
CC20 – Red Oscillator
CC21 – Green Oscillator
CC22 – Blue Oscillator
CC19 – Blackout
CC23 – Keyboard Palette (24+8, 128, 64, 32)
CC25 – MIDI Channel Eavesdropping
CC26 – Reset Osc/Strobe
CC27 – Reset and Blackout

Comment on What kind of glue should I use? by admin Tue, 09 Sep 2014 07:32:24 +0000 It’s important to use a glue that can bond wood to wood and wood to acrylic. You should be able to find this at most hardware or hobbyist stores. Here are some glues known to work when building a ColorSynth fixture:

E-6000 Glue
Quick Grip All Purpose Permanent Adhesive

Comment on Where can I download the ColorSynth manual? by admin Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:25:00 +0000 The manual can be found here: