Highly Liquid Forum member Labelwhore used 3 MIDI CPUs to create an FL Studio controller with 8 slide pots, 16 buttons, and 24 rotary encoders. The controller is housed inside a Pactec KE-20 enclosure with custom panels laser cut and engraved by Ponoko.
All of the project details including parts list, MIDI CPU configuration files, Reaktor ensemble file and FL Studio dashboard file can be found in the excellent project article by Labelwhore. Additional discussion can be found in the project’s HL forum thread.
Organists, guitarists, synthesists, DJs and experimenters continue to create unique DIY MIDI controllers using the MIDI CPU. Explore the MIDI CPU forum to find strategies for generating MIDI output from ribbon controllers, breath sensors, foot switches, organ bass pedals, second touch organ manuals, joysticks, accordions, 128-switch pushbutton arrays, light detectors, Hall effect sensors, piezo elements, and lasers.
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Here are some recent highlights from the forum:
VFXcompositor’s concept for a “next level MIDI performance controller”:
Korg Radias foot switch controller by michaelh:
The MIDI CPU makes it easy to build a MIDI controller of any shape and size. This howto describes the process of building a wall-sized MIDI controller. The example project is the “Living Schematic” MIDI controller / exhibit.
Here are the basic steps:
The new MIDI CPU accepts input from switches, potentiometers, rotary encoders, switch matrices and external digital & analog signals. In response, it generates virtually any type of MIDI message. Buy now!
The MIDI CPU ships fully assembled. Simply attach MIDI connectors, control components, and a battery or DC power supply.
The MIDI CPU has a long list of potential applications. Build your own traditional footswitch, keyboard, or “knob box” controller. Build your own alternative MIDI controller—optical theremin, fret-based controller, etc. Generate MIDI note patterns or CC waveforms from digital or analog signals. Re-purpose a “consumer” keyboard, calculator, game controller, or other electronic device as a MIDI controller.
These possibilities will be explored with “how-to” information at the blog and forums.
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