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This is the Dato DUO, an instrument for two. A gritty sounding synthesizer paired with a flashy sequencer. For kids aged 3 - 99 and up!
This is the Dato DUO, an instrument for two. A gritty sounding synthesizer paired with a flashy sequencer. For kids aged 3 - 99 and up!
This is the Dato DUO, an instrument for two. A gritty sounding synthesizer paired with a flashy sequencer. For kids aged 3 - 99 and up!
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September update

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It’s time for another update, and we think you’ll love it! Last month, we showed you designs for our silicone keypad and the brains circuit boards. This month, we’re showing you some of the results.

Circuit boards
 We received the brains pcb. In this version, a Teensy 3.2 is stacked on top, while the brains provide the MIDI in and outputs, headphone connection, speaker amplifier and sync in and outputs.

Dato DUO brains pcb
Dato DUO brains pcb

Most of the connections seem to be working nicely, although there is a bit too much noise in the sound output. To solve this, we integrated the components of the Teensy on the brains board and shuffled items around for lower noise.

Dato DUO september pcb panel
Dato DUO september pcb panel

What you are seeing here is a panel that we sent to our board house yesterday. The sections snap off into separate boards that make up all of the circuit boards in the Dato DUO.

Parts for the dev kit prototypes
Parts for the dev kit prototypes

We will be building 15 development kit prototypes. The electronic parts for all these circuit boards are patiently waiting for integration on the circuit boards that should be here within a fortnight.

Silicone keypads
Our silicone keypad manufacturer in China has been working hard to get everything prepared for our keypad.

Silicone keypads are made through compression moulding. Malleable silicone goes into a machine that resembles a big waffle iron and gets pressed and heated into shape. Here, they are milling the steel mould plates that give the keypad its shape.

Milling the moulds for the silicone keypad
Milling the moulds for the silicone keypad

Then, through a process called electrical discharge machining the mould is smoothed out using tiny sparks of electricity. This is the big copper electrode they use for that.

EDM copper electrode
EDM copper electrode

And this is what it’s for: four happy sample keypads. They are still in the factory in China, but we hope to have a set of samples in our hands at the end of next week.

Silicone keypads for the sequencer
Silicone keypads for the sequencer

Forum
We’ve set up a forum at https://forum.dato.mu. Please join us there, as we will be giving more frequent updates and keeping a (hopefully) lively discussion.

Amsterdam Dance Event and Dutch Design Week
We will be participating in two big events this fall.

First up is a hackathon/workshop at Sound Lab at the Amsterdam Dance Event. If you want to discover how the Dato DUO works and how you can hack into its software, come to the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam on the 21st or 22nd of October. Only 10 spots left, so be quick. Details can be found by following this link. There will be Dato DUO prototypes to play with, even if you don’t participate in the workshop. Feel free to say hi and have a jam.

From the 22nd to the 30rd of October we will exhibit the Dato DUO at different locations during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Dato will be present in the Klokgebouw and on the Ketelhuisplein. Info is sparse at this moment, but we’ll update you as soon as the programmes are online.

Doodle3D Transform
Last but not least, a little cross promotion. We share an office space with our friends of Doodle3D. They launched a fresh Kickstarter campaign for their new Doodle3D Transform app yesterday. The app allows anyone to easily create 3D drawings based on 2D sketches. The 3D files can then be 3D printed on any printer.

 

 Check out Doodle3D Transform: 3D design made easy

To sum up: we’re making nice progress but there’s plenty of work to be done. Again, we hope to see you on our forum at https://forum.dato.mu

Cheers!

Toon and David

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