Tools and Techniques for the Maintenance and Support of Digital Musical Instruments

Albert-Ngabo Niyonsenga, and Marcelo Wanderley

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

  • Year: 2023
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Track: Papers
  • Pages: 212–218
  • Article Number: 30
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Abstract:

There are multiple barriers to the long term use of digital musical instruments. Among several issues related to instrument accessibility, many DMIs remain as prototypes in research labs never becoming a robust and stable instrument. Technical support is an important part of the long term use of a DMI. Though all musical instruments can eventually break, managing how they are going to be fixed and built within a research organisation can help with the continued usage of the instrument. We apply reliability analysis techniques to estimate the reliability, availability and maintainability characteristics of the T-Stick. Using these characteristics we estimate the amount of spare parts needed to maintain a 99% availability target for the T-Stick. This analysis provides insights on expected maintenance time, costs, and personnel needed when supporting and building DMIs.

Citation:

Albert-Ngabo Niyonsenga, and Marcelo Wanderley. 2023. Tools and Techniques for the Maintenance and Support of Digital Musical Instruments. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. DOI:

BibTeX Entry:

  @article{nime2023_30,
 abstract = {There are multiple barriers to the long term use of digital musical instruments. Among several issues related to instrument accessibility, many DMIs remain as prototypes in research labs never becoming a robust and stable instrument. Technical support is an important part of the long term use of a DMI. Though all musical instruments can eventually break, managing how they are going to be fixed and built within a research organisation can help with the continued usage of the instrument. We apply reliability analysis techniques to estimate the reliability, availability and maintainability characteristics of the T-Stick. Using these characteristics we estimate the amount of spare parts needed to maintain a 99% availability target for the T-Stick. This analysis provides insights on expected maintenance time, costs, and personnel needed when supporting and building DMIs.},
 address = {Mexico City, Mexico},
 articleno = {30},
 author = {Albert-Ngabo Niyonsenga and Marcelo Wanderley},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression},
 editor = {Miguel Ortiz and Adnan Marquez-Borbon},
 issn = {2220-4806},
 month = {May},
 numpages = {7},
 pages = {212--218},
 title = {Tools and Techniques for the Maintenance and Support of Digital Musical Instruments},
 track = {Papers},
 url = {http://nime.org/proceedings/2023/nime2023_30.pdf},
 year = {2023}
}