Player Guitar Preliminary Design Review. Lucas Gilbride Rick Denney Dan Forrester Randy Hood. Introduction.
Our project is a device that plays downloaded music in MIDI format on an acoustic guitar. The design will use stepper motors attached to guitar picks to pluck the strings and will use solenoids to depress the strings so that different notes can be strummed.
Using the top four frets these are the notes that can be produced (not including flats and sharps), which when played together can create most common chords. We are going to use solenoids to apply pressure to these spots on the neck of the guitar.
MIDIs to RAM
Our design will incorporate a user interface so that songs can be played by the user much like a typical CD player. We will have play, stop, pause, and skip track buttons. There will be a LCD display that lets the user know what track is selected.
Solenoids will be used to hold down strings in order to play notes. A solenoid will be picked based
on its size and power characteristics.
The end of each solenoid will be padded in order to prevent damage to the guitar.
Stepper motors will be used to strum the six strings on the guitar. The stepper motor used will be pick based on its size, price, and power specifications.
(Reading and Storage)
Solution: Use MIDI decoder chip
Solution: Use serial cable
Solution: Explore other more expensive atternatives
Solution: Use computer generated interface display
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