Ruin & Wesen
Welcome to Ruin & Wesen! We are a small but growing company creating digital and analog musical instruments. We build high-quality handmade MIDI controllers, sequencers, analog and digital synthesizers, drum machines and custom creations. We believe that creativity is best served by mixing the analog and the digital worlds. Analog for its humanity, its vivid sonic richness, its hands-on approach. Digital for the ease of use, the reproducibility, its beautiful algorithmic depth and its ease of programming. For us, customization and flexibility is key. This is why our products are DIY compatible, and come with extensible source code, software, schematics and documentation. Because it is YOUR instrument and YOUR music.
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MiniCommand Tutorial: A simple MIDI Controller07.01.2011 18:00:29
In this tutorial, we are going to build some simple MIDI controller firmwares for the MiniCommand. This will show how to use CCEncoders, the EncoderPage, the SwitchPage and the AutoEncoderPage. We are going to build 4 firmwares: a simple MIDI controller with 4 encoders, a version of the simple firmware that records knob movements, a version of the simple MIDI controller with 2 pages, and finally a full-blown version with recording and 4 pages of encoders.
These weeks at Ruin and Wesen24.10.2010 10:17:47
You may have noticed the activity here being very quiet on ruin and wesen over the last months. The main reason for this is that the financial side has not been that great (beginner's mistakes, but that's the topic of another post :), and I had to put a lot of effort into side projects in order to keep the daily business running, and putting money aside in order to fund the next batch of hardware. Things are looking better as I was able to get hold of better freelancing jobs over time, but there still is a bit of stuff that needs to get done before I can focus on ruin and wesen the way I could in 2009. Please excuse the quietness, and I hope to be able to finish the studio firmware I've been working on besides my dayjob.
These weeks (05.09.2010 - 05.10.2010) at Ruin and Wesen04.10.2010 16:41:01
Second very long radio silence, as September was another heavy month of freelancing and job-search. It seems like the summer break is over, and minicommands are going out at a steadier pace now. I've gotten back into MiniCommand development, a bit too late to hit the September MidiCtrl-0018 release milestone. You'll be pleased however to know that I'm working on a MachineDrum studio firmware, and have slowly gotten back to music. The development is taking place over at the MIDI-CTRL wiki, and on github. More soon once all the deadlines have been met and all the code has been written.
These weeks (11.08-2010 - 04.09.2010)05.09.2010 09:43:53
Long radio silence, as August was mainly a month of heavy freelancing and job-search to fund the new batches of minicommands. A lot of stuff got done that's not directly related to Ruin & Wesen, but september will see some work on the website, and a new release of MIDI-CTRL, along with some new firmwares.
As a side-note, here are some very cute pictures of the arduino paperbot workshop that Wesen held at froscon. Thanks to Fabienne from hardhack for making it all happen!.
And for all you techno peepz out there, here is a recording from Wesen playing at an after party in Weimar in May 2010, MachineDrum + MonoMachine + MiniCommand as usual.
see you next week!
This week (03.08.2010 - 10.08.2010)11.08.2010 10:06:06
Every week, a quick writeup of what we were up to.
- lots of freelancing projects, with a good amount of technology that will slowly make its way into ruinwesen products
- ordered the next batch of minicommand pcbs
- got the components for building ruin's kits
- holding an arduino workshop next week at hardhack at froscon, register if you want to build an automated paper robot!
- lots of work learning illustrator and illustration. i still suck, but i think the next designs for documentation and packaging will be sm00th
- Finished schematics for the biosc for wesen to build
see you next week!