I am looking for help on a new project. I developed an EVI (Think MIDI controller that plays like a trumpet) using an Arduino base. A typical EVI (or EWI for sax style controllers) uses an external tone generator like a Roland XV-2020 so it sounds very close to an actual trumpet, sax, flute, etc. (for a an idea of what I am talking about you can see my EVI here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiwR_23eES0 )
Since finishing my EVI design, I have been wanting to build a second one with a synth inside of it so that I can just plug a wireless guitar bug into it and be wireless on stage. I have been looking at mini-synths for about a year trying to figure out what to do.
I always come back to the Shruthi-1. While I have used miniMoog emulators running in Abelton Live on stage with traditional keyboard controllers for a classic rock band (Riding the Storm Out is a great crowd pleaser) I don’t have an extra hand when playing the EVI so being able to tweak filters is very hard on the EVI. My current band plays all originals, so I don’t need to sound like anything, but I don’t want to use the Shruthi-1 just for sound patches.
My right hand thumb controls two buttons that give me major and minor chords and horn line capabilities. Since the Shruthi-1 is a monsynth - they could be repurposed to do something else like arpeggio control or even to change performance controls on the Shruthi-1. I could replace the two buttons with a sliding potentiometer and some way to cycle through the 4 performance controls.
The big issue is always keeping things simple on the controller so my head doesn’t explode on stage.
So I am looking for ideas from the experienced masses from this forum. I am thinking that I would build the Shruthi in the plexi case and piggy back it to my existing unit to figure this all out and then build a bigger unit that will encase the shruthi inside.
I hope this makes some sense. Thanks for reading and for any help you can provide me.