what steps are absolutely necessary?

  • Hi. I am completely new at this and with the impending arrival of my 40h Kits (logic and keypad), I was wondering, are all the steps in the "how to" (http://docs.monome.org/doku.php?id=howto:use) and the set up (http://docs.monome.org/doku.php?id=setup) necessary? if so, the order is first set up, then how to, correct?

    I hope i don't run into difficult problems, but if these should arise, I find myself overjoyed that such a community as tight and as amicable exists.

    Much thanks.

  • all of the steps in the setup are most certainly necessary.

    the "how to" is more to get the jist of how running apps work, and to test your device (incredibly important with a kit). you don't need to go through all of the steps all of the time, but it's a good idea to run the test at least once to understand how things work.

    most of the time, you'll simply open up MonomeSerial and then the patch you want to use.

  • well, ok, i just looked a little closer at the setup page.

    the optional steps are indeed optional, but you'll need max/msp to run most of the apps we post. max/msp runtime is free and will run max patches just like the full version, however you won't be able to edit anything or hack at anything without the full version. they do offer a 30 day free trial that is totally unrestricted.

    if you're planning to do programming in, for instance, c, or running Molar, you probably don't need max/msp.

  • Thank you soundcyst. I'm sure this will make a lot more sense to me once I have the assembled kit in my hands. I'm sure this will not take more than 2 or maybe 3 days.

    It's really something how a box of lights can just light up your day and make your heart skip a beat. I don't even have it here yet, and already I'm reading up on everything I can get my eyes on. Every problem and every solution given.

    Oh, just one more question (for now... haha):

    Do you clip all of the leads? Even the ones on the ATMEGA 32 or the MAX 7219 for example? I can imagine my question is very stupid, but I honestly don't have a clue about this sort of thing, though i would very much like to.

  • you'll want to clip all of the leads on your LEDs and capacitors and such.

    the atmega and max chips go into sockets. you shouldn't need to clip the leads on the sockets or the resistor network (or likely even the shift registers)

    technically, you should clip the leads before you solder, because clipping part of the solder with the leads (which inevitably happens if you do it in the other order) weakens the solder joint, but you can probably get away with clipping the leads after everything is soldered in.

    also make sure you double check your LED and diode orientations before you solder, and try one button first before soldering in the rest of the diodes. it'll save you headaches later down the road.

  • Will do. Thank you, soundcyst. If there are any more tips for a newcomer, they will be met with open arms.

  • > If there are any more tips for a newcomer, they will be met with open arms.

    rumor around the engineering building at school has it that a beer or two will help stabilize your arm to prepare it for accurate soldering. ;)

    these links are also useful if it's your first time.
    http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Solder-Videos%3a-Why-is-soldering-difficult-s/
    http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2007/01/soldering_tutor_1.html
    http://www.elexp.com/t_solder.htm

  • I was affraid of soldering at first but its pretty easy. The hard part is when you accidently put something in backwards and taking it out. ( but its still not that hard)

  • It is when it has many, many pins and you're short of a desolder tool.

  • most things are difficult without the right tool.

  • Ha! Even genko was new at this once upon a time! It gives one hope.