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Making music with a Nano 33 IoT-based MIDI keyboard

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — December 21st, 2021 As part of an assigned project in his class, Peter Ashmore and a partner were tasked with making some kind of interactive object, so they decided to go with a MIDI keyboard due to their shared enjoyment of music production. Modeled somewhat after the typical Launchpad, the team’s system incorporated a […]

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Light Deck is a MIDI Lightroom controller

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — October 21st, 2021 Using Adobe Lightroom can be a tedious process, especially for those who don’t have their keyboards set up with a hundred macro shortcuts. Andrea Lunaro wanted to make this process easier by constructing a large, physical bank of buttons and potentiometers that can be used to perform a whole host […]

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Use an Arduino touchscreen to draw the waveforms that you’d like your synth to produce

Reading Time: 2 minutes Use an Arduino touchscreen to draw the waveforms that you’d like your synth to produce Arduino Team — August 16th, 2021 Ordinarily, producing complex waveforms on microcontrollers requires precise adjustments within code in order to work, and this can become quite tedious. Additionally, having to wire up physical inputs such as potentiometers for quick tuning […]

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Stryde is an Arduino Nano Every-powered MIDI preset loader

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — May 23rd, 2021 MIDI-controlled instruments are awesome, as custom sounds can be loaded and dynamically changed while you play. However, accessing these effects often requires an external controller that can get expensive and complicated. That is why music enthusiast Joe King created the Stryde, which is a fully integrated MIDI preset loader […]

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Convert an old cassette player into a synthesizer

Reading Time: < 1 minute Convert an old cassette player into a synthesizer Arduino Team — September 22nd, 2020 Cassettes (if you remember those) are normally used to play back music and other audio, but what about using an old Walkman-style tape player as the instrument itself? That’s exactly what this project by Zack Scholl allows you to do, varying the playback speed […]

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Arduino barrel piano plays encoded sheet music

Reading Time: < 1 minute Arduino barrel piano plays encoded sheet music Arduino Team — June 17th, 2020 Max Danilin created an automatic barrel piano that outputs MIDI signals, not through an SD card or internal memory, but by reading sheet music encoded on paper as black dots and dashes. The sheet is pulled under an array of 40 optocouplers using a […]

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This maker turned an antique typewriter into a MIDI drum machine

Reading Time: < 1 minute This maker turned an antique typewriter into a MIDI drum machine Arduino Team — April 23rd, 2020 Vintage typewriters are truly amazing pieces of technology, but unlike modern keyboards, they are decidedly one-purpose machines. William Sun Petrus, however, had other ideas for his 1920s-era Remington Portable typewriter, augmenting hammers with wires as inputs to an […]

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The ZT-2020 is a portable SunVox synth

Reading Time: < 1 minute The ZT-2020 is a portable SunVox synth Arduino Team — February 11th, 2020 SunVox synth software allows you to create electronic music on a wide variety of platforms. Now, with his ZT-2020 project — which resembles a miniature arcade game — YouTuber “fascinating earthbound objects” has a dedicated input scheme. This cabinet prominently features a […]

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The Synthfonio is a guitar-shaped MIDI instrument

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Synthfonio is a guitar-shaped MIDI instrument Arduino Team — January 30th, 2020 Learning to play an an instrument well takes a lot of time, which many people don’t have. To address this, Franco Molina — who enjoys MIDI controllers and writing music, but describes himself as being terrible at playing the keyboard — created […]

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Playing The Doors with a door (and a Raspberry Pi)

Reading Time: 2 minutes Floyd Steinberg is back with more synthy Raspberry Pi musical magic, this time turning a door into a MIDI controller. I played The Doors on a door – using a Raspberry PI DIY midi controller and a Yamaha EX5 You see that door? You secretly want that to be a MIDI controller? Here’s how to […]

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theMIDInator is a marvelous MIDI controller

Reading Time: 2 minutes theMIDInator is a marvelous MIDI controller Arduino Team — December 9th, 2019 While you may know on some level that an Arduino can help you make music, you probably haven’t seen as good an implementation as this MIDI controller by Switch & Lever.  The device features a numeric pad for note input, which can also […]

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Zany MIDI guitar made from barcode scanner and Arduino

Reading Time: < 1 minute Zany MIDI guitar made from barcode scanner and Arduino Arduino Team — September 23rd, 2019 You’ve seen barcode scanners register the price for your groceries, and likely in many other applications, but did you ever consider if one could be made into an instrument? Well we now know the answer, thanks to this MIDI guitar […]

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Horizontal laser harp is like none you’ve ever seen before

Reading Time: 2 minutes Horizontal laser harp is like none you’ve ever seen before Arduino Team — August 19th, 2019 Apparently not content with a traditional laser harp, Jonathan Bumstead set out to take things in a different direction. What he came up with is a device whose laser strings are arranged horizontally, and loop though its boxy structure […]

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Toy piano converted into a self-playing instrument

Reading Time: < 1 minute Toy piano converted into a self-playing instrument Arduino Team — August 14th, 2019 Upon obtaining a small toy piano, Måns Jonasson went to work “Arduinoizing” it with 30 solenoids to hammer out tunes.  A MIDI shield is used to pipe commands from a computer to the Arduino Mega that’s used for control, and after experimenting […]