The idea of an electronic didgeridoo was born in 1999. While playing the didgeridoo, appeared in my head thought - If the didgeridoo can mimic synthesizer, well .. synthesizer can mimic the didgeridoo.
Fortunately for me because I'm electronic technician and decided to build a MIDI controller to execute the task.
That's how it started. Now, 17 years since that moment, after years of experimentation finally I built digital didgeridoo. Digidagi name is a combination of words digital and yidaki (Aboriginal name of didgeridoo)
Earlier, I used the name of Digi-Man for it. Now Digi-Man name refers to the name of my business.
Over the years, the project has undergone an incredible metamorphosis. At that time the technology is constantly developing, my skills as well. Every year I had a new creative possibilities.
I built several prototypes Digidaki, realizing some of my concepts regarding the construction interface which enables the analysis and track the components of sound. Tests sensor for processing sound of the didgeridoo at the appropriate signals understood by the processor. This will enable the processing of electrical signals on a digital algorithm and later convert to MIDI for control synthesizers and music software.
Illustrating, the process lies in the fact that all the nuances of the natural sound of didgeridoo (acoustic wave), such as modulation, resonance, frequency or amplitude, wave intensity etc. are analyzed and the processing of a respective digital data. On the basis of these data it is possible to 100% digital sound synthesis, which is a realistic representation of a real physical properties from didgeridoo sound.
It allows to create hundreds of new sounds for didgeridoo using the real classical instrument didgeridoo and traditional playing techniques.
Further innovative solutions I introduced to the project, is the ribbon allowing play melodic line and the dial to change the tone of digital basic sound (drone)
I spent at least three years on the analyzes of samples of natural sound didgeridoo. I did spectrum analysis, watched and researched components of harmonic to be able to build special converters and filters for electrical signals for control processor. Next years I spent for experiments. I built dozens of audio processing circuits to electrical signals.
I spent thousands of $ until reached intended purpose and I built final product.
The first versions Digidaki, were based on external module for electronics and sensors only was embedded in the body of the didgeridoo. The sensors and the module was joined by a cord. It was good and it worked, but I wanted to get rid of the cables and dreamed of miniaturization of circuit to build electronics in the body didgeridoo.
So I started to design everything in this direction, it took me a long time to master broadcast Wireless and selection of appropriate transmitters.
Designed wireless version with built-in sensors and PCB containing the main module, interface for sensors and transmitter, everything in SMD technology. In addition Digidaki had to work on batteries. This was a huge challenge for me.
Now, after years of testing and research, I built prototype that works flawlessly. I was able eliminate the problems of wireless transmission, such as delays. Added new features and so on.
However, the work is in progress. Soon Digidaki will have its own DSP synthesizer based on the CPU - Dream SAM5716B and bank 1,024 mystical sounds designed especially for electronic didgeridoo. I'm working on the second year with it, the most time-consuming task is the development bank of sounds.
Synthesis processes based on algorithms from the the circuit sensor is developed.
More information soon. Digidaki will be available on Kickstarter!