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Synthesiser keyboard - cant work out how to hold notes after trigger

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  1. george2525

    george2525

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    Jan 30, 2015
    Ok so ive been making a synthesiser keyboard. Ive got it working, the notes are more or less in tune and it sounds nice.

    My problem is that it plays a note when no key is being pressed. This is the default oscillator frequency that is present when no control voltage is applied.

    I need it to hold whatever note was last pressed so that when all keys are released it doesn't revert back to the default tone.

    I have been looking at sample and hold. RS flip flops, latches and that type of thing but im lost as to which method to research. I have not managed to find any examples that reference this problem which is making it extra difficult.

    If I use some kind of sample and hold, it needs to be very accurate because the control voltages are very precise and so if i use op amps etc they need to buffer the control voltage precisely.

    obviously when the keys are released I dont want the default tone to be held!

    so I think I need something that holds the last note whenever the control voltage is approximately 0V , say less than 0.05V or so. IE whenever there is no control voltage, the last voltage is held.

    I hope this makes sense.

    Im not asking for full schematics or anything, just to be pointed in the right direction.

    Thanks
     
  2. tedstruk

    tedstruk

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    Jan 7, 2012
    you have to make the entire board into a trigger system. after all its called a KEYBOARD.
    now don't take me as a tech.... I'm a really bad [email protected]
    so I would build a simulator keep the notes on, then I would attach a second circuit that fires a switch that acts like a note signal, but with a do nothing app like turns on an LED that says "no note to play" under it
     
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