Axis-49 Hacks

Internal hacks

For now, the Axis-49-converted-into-a-jammer is "good enough" - not perfect, but with the modifications we have made, ~ it is a quite decent core. 

Sure, eventually, we would like to have these improvements (hacks) done:

  • more precise control over the piano-forte (the velocity),
  • less noisy keys, and a
  • wider keyboard than at present.

Piano-forte, the control over expressiveness, could be improved by increasing the key depression (thus doubling the distance the keys travel), by having a 1mm sheet of plastic cut by laser, with 19mm-wide holes so that each key has a 1mm-deep hole to drop into. And yes, we are aware that a number of other things would have to spaced out to match.

Key-noise has 3 sources:

  • Shaft-rattle should be fixable by replacing the tapered plastic shaft that the keys have (the shaft is a bit tapered because the plastic formation process requires this) with a metal shaft.This sounds like a lot of work at present, but not impossible with the expertise one of us has in fabbing plastic pieces
  • Up-click should be curable by a very thin rubber washer - made if need be, from rubber dental dam sheets
  • Bottom-thunk should be curable by a slightly thicker rubber washer
In fact, if the keys are made the tiny-est bit bouncy (like high-end piano keys), then the keys should significantly assist fast play.

More keys - is any idea on the back-burner for now.

  • Perhaps the makers of the Opal sonome could make a set of jammer keyboards - they have hand-made, piano-quality keys.
  • Eventually, if a market materializes, licensing and modifying C-Thru's design would be feasible.

But the above points address quibbles. Right now, it is time to learn, learn and learn some more the instrument, just as one would buy an in-expensive, but listenable piano to pound on, but plan to buy a baby grand ten years later.  

External hacks

We are now getting to the point where we can make use of external features like sustain pedals, octave and key-shift controls, and a thumb-controlled modulation ability. For work on these features, see TBA ~