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Odin 42 optical reader - Orgautomatech

Odin 42 optical reader


Optical reader Odin 42 notes  mechanical card board. The cardboard holes are transformed into Midi notes, to record as Midifile or to play live on a MIDI instrument.

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Optical reader 42 notes Odin mechanical card board. The cardboard holes are transformed into Midi notes, to record or play live on a MIDI instrument.
The kit content is :

  • 1 Midi encoder K2M 64 programmed for 42 mecanical Odin scale. Output to connect to Midi on your computer or a Midilector SR.
  • The 2 electronic boards for optical reading (transistors and infrared LED’s)
  • 3 ribbon cables for connecting the reading head to the encoder.- voltage regulator to adjust the LED’s luminosity to the card board thickness
  • 2 plastic ( expanded  PVC)  supports specially machined
  • connecting flat cables

Pictures shows a custom installation with rolls, mecanism and crank from Sebastian Shuetz:

You have to insert the supports in your proper mecanism. The cardboard will pass between the two PVC supports held apart by 2 or 3 mm, the holes well in front of each other, of course! With a hinge for ease of use, or not, that’s your choice.
You can integrate this system into an existing organ or even make one specifically for that. Look at the picture for example of installation.
You have the option to set a latency allowing you to transform a series of small successive holes into one.
You add:

  • A Midi sound module
  • a small amp on battery
  • 2 speakers in a box
  • a crank and a roll to drive the cardboard

And here you are with a real Barrel Organ which always plays rigth!


Please note: if you want to make a backup copy of your card board or roll, you can save the song in Midi files format, with a computer and appropriate software, or with Midilector R (recording function). Make sure you have the rights to do so. To make a file of security of a cardboard which one possesses is quite legal, but attention, to yield this file, even for free, is punished by the law, it is a counter-way. If you have a punching machine, you also do not have the right to sold the cardboard you made from this file. Please, respect the arranger work .

Additional information

Weight 450 g