That got boring, fast. So I did the logical thing. Try to connect the closest thing to me to the Arduino!
Turns out I had a few floppies lying aroun.
First thing was to make sure they worked, so I wired them up to a computer and checked.
All of 'em worked.
Now that that was done, I connected the Arduino to the floppy via IDE cable and threw up some code to make the spindle motor move 'n' groove.
Worked nicely, though I programmed it to move automatically up and down, so that was boring... so I added a potentiometer for manual control.
It was then that I remembered watching a video on Youtube where floppies were utilised to play music!
After fumbling around for a while installing the necessary software for it, I finally managed to do this:
Not bad for a first try.
How it works (probably):
You load a midi (preferably multi-channel) with Java from your computer which sends the appropiate signals to the Arduino through USB. That's it.
Took a while to wire it all up and install all the software but it was definately worth it.
Original coding by Samm1Am
It's not music... it's better!