I’ve been trying to find the simplest MIDI controller imaginable: a footswitch pedal, that triggers whatever percussive sound I designate to it in a DAW. Basically, a fixed-note MIDI trigger. I thought it quite reasonable to expect that someone would have already started making and selling such a device.
Turns out I was wrong. There’s apparently NOTHING available on the entire internet that fits that description.
Scandalous, I know.
The most closely-related products are:
- the Roland SPD ONE Kick, which is definitely a digital percussion pedal, but employs only its on-board audio library. It does not trigger MIDI.
- the Airturn Quad 200 Page Turner. This thing actually appears to do the job; however, it connects ONLY through bluetooth. That’s perfectly fine as an extra feature; but I’d have more confidence in a USB cable. And - unless there are no power sockets around - I prefer mains- over battery-powered gadgets generally.
MIDI appeals to me mostly for its (supposed) compactibility. Right now I have 2 basic switch pedals (one per foot); but the only way I can get my laptop to read them as MIDI signals, is to run them through a Roland Octapad (essentially a briefcase-size electronic drum kit) first. Which is ridiculous.
I’ve just wasted $80 on a Korg littleBits MIDI module, after thinking it might solve the problem (due to my misinterpretation of its description… would anyone like it??)
Now, having noted the mention of a “Teensy board” on a DIY video, and then finding the Core Electronics tutorial on the subject, I now have some idea of what’s actually required (thanks Sam). However, despite knowing that I’m fairly capable of building what I need, I really couldn’t be bothered starting ANOTHER project (especially one in such an unfamiliar field); I’ve recently quit my job, just so I can find the time for the projects I’m already working on. I really need to outsource this one, to someone who’s actually keen, and proven competent. So would someone like to help me please?
I live on the Gold Coast, so close as possible would be preferable. . .
Thanks for reading