Arduino-Powered Instrument Uses Breath to Play MIDI Notes
Music is deeply tied to mathematics, and microelectronics is mathematical in nature, so it’s no wonder we find projects like this impressive Arduino-powered MIDI instrument. Unlike most other electronic instruments, it requires the player to use the power of their breath to control it, so it’s sure to take your breath away. Designed and produced by the manufacturer. Xavier Dumont He made the project completely open source for anyone interested in creating their own.
Dumont named the project MIDILodica. Housed within a custom 3D printed shell, it features a custom PCB that supports the buttons and LCD screen. You can find out more about how it works and all his 3D printable files in the official GitHub repository.
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MIDILodica starts with a custom splash screen before loading the user interface. The user can select from the main her menu options that affect the performance of the instrument. Certain settings change the effect of blowing hard or softly. For example, some settings change the pitch, while others affect the volume of the output. The buttons on the instruments are also customizable, and there are many things you can customize.
The mainboard used to drive this project is an Arduino Micro. It’s soldered to Dumont’s custom PCB and supports an Adafruit 320 x 172px TFT display, 40 tactile switches, pressure sensors, and even his SEN-08680 membrane potentiometer. This allows an additional level of control to manipulate changes based on finger position on the sensor. A complete list of component requirements can be found on his GitHub page along with the PCB Gerber files.
The software for MIDILodicaw was created by Dumont for this project. This includes not only the interface, but all the cool effects you can use when adjusting your settings. If you want to know more about the source code, check out the official. MIDI Rodica A GitHub repository where Dumont shares everything he needs to get started. For more inspiring microelectronics projects, visit our list of Raspberry Pi projects. This list includes many cool creations from manufacturers around the world.