There's never been a better time to get into music tech DIY & hacking. Nowadays there is an abundance of platforms and resources designed specifically for any level in these once-specialist activities
With DIY gear so readily available, building your own controllers can be fun, rewarding and really creative. Here, Liam Lacey shows you how to make your own 3D gesture-sensing USB MIDI controller.
Looking for a wallet-friendly, 8-bit synthesizer DIY kit you can make inside one hour with plenty of hacking options all for less than £70 GBP? Welcome to the Soulsby MiniAtmegatron.
What could be better than a drum machine, sampler and analog synth in one? How about if you add a 1970s Raleigh bike to the mix. This video show how this curious machine works.
If you’ve ever wondered what a MIDI Controller built from 4 computer keyboards (made out of 400 keys) would be like, then this 3 minute video will be your cup of tea.
Here’s a project which won’t take long and you’ll end up with a capacitive touch keyboard piano. Sweet. And you can re-use the aluminum foil as a hat to keep your ideas secret and safe from… “them”.
vtol’s Divider is a Laser Powered Rhythm Machine inspired by Rhythmicon, the world's first rhythm-machine created by Léon Theremin in 1931, powered by Arduino and with interesting results.
The Soulsby ODYTRON is a limited edition of the Atmegatron, an 8-bit hardware synthesizer built on the Arduino platform. It's versatile, lightweight, compact, sounds unique and is open source!
StrumPad is an ingenious idea for a MIDI controller that does away with keys and replaces them with virtual strings / fretboard that can be strummed in a way you'd expect to play a guitar.
Ableton have released a free Max for Live collection of 11 devices that deserve praise and kudos. If you like the idea of connecting and controlling Arduino, OSC, Json, sensors, cameras... enjoy!
So you've got your MIDI sequencer that fits neatly in your backpack? Here is GRIDI, that won't fit in your bag or a small room. This sequencer by Yuval Gerstein is big and has its own benefits.
Ready to inject your Tuesday with surreal synth sensations? This video Dmitry Morozv passed to us shows his sound object/synthesizer project using lasers to scan Pyrite and create incredible sounds.
Learn how to build your own wireless, visual metronome that flashes along (multi-coloured) to your music in a DAW with MIDI out. Liam Lacey uses Processing, Spark Core and a bit of DIY magic.
Before anyone else says it, “Look Ma, No Hands!” Yes, Josh Levine has created a self-strumming guitar using an Arduino, a permanent magnet and the electromagnetic effect to play a string.
Could you turn a wooden toy piano into a MIDI controller? Could you do it in 24 hours? Liam Lacey did it at MIDI Hack 2015 in Berlin and won a prize too. Now you can make your own as Liam shares all.