I dreamed about MIDI controller

DIY and opensource. Imagine a fatar keybed with Oliver’s magic software inside…

  • You can split keyboard by zones. Zones can overlap, and can be “velocity triggered”. Also, you can map them to different midi channels ( and possibly different midi out ).
  • You have a small display, with mod matrix telling you exactly what each knob ( if any ) sends, and you can set it there ( no computers yay! )
  • You have something like midialf inside, which you can use like renoise phrase editor, mapping them to keys you like
  • Chorder, arpeggiator, midi delay, etc inside.

What would one need to assemble such thing ?

Well, a fatar keybed obviously, a case, and a somewhat powerful atmega or pic chip to run the darn thing(Raspberry pi could probably do it quite comfortably, but would be overkill.). Probably a 2x16 display, 4-6 buttons, at least one encoder… Maybe some nice RGB LEDs on each key, to tell you what zone a given key is in, maybe even changing color as you trigger it in different velocity zones…

Nice to haves would also include a graphic display instead of a cheap 2x16 display…

And many weeks of coding to get it to some usable state…

Arduino compatibility might be a good idea to make it easily hackable. Not the most elegant or efficient option though.

Personally I dreamt of a keyboard with nice controls (vector stick etc), MIDI to CV built in and euro rails with a hinge so you can lift up the rack for easy tweaking.

There are euro keyboard cases though. http://www.supersynthesis.com/pages/super37

Take a look at the MIDIbox stuff…

www.ucapps.de
http://midibox.org/forums/