Touchpad Remote MIDI/Analog Controller Rocks

[acidbourbon] had some cool parts on hand, and a musician friend in need of a radio-controlled, touch-sensitive MIDI (and analog) controller. This being Hackaday, you can guess what happened next.

The remote expression controller is a sweet little hack. It starts with a touchpad bought from a German surplus shop, and some code that [acidbourbon] found on the biggest German embedded forum. A couple nicely home-etched circuit boards later, and he was writing code.

It’s all available here on his GitHub if you want to have a look. The transmission protocol is simplicity itself. It sends a two-byte header to detect the start of the message, and then it sends three bytes of data. The receiver turns this into MIDI and control-voltage output. Simple and useful.

We also admire the non-overkill (as well as the enviable battery life) of using straightforward radio transmitters rather than giving in and using WiFi.

We’ve covered some of Michael/[acidbourbon]’s hacks before, and the one that we think of the most, when we’re down in the basement drilling out holes in a PCB, is his semi-automatic drill press hack. Keep on hacking!

4 thoughts on “Touchpad Remote MIDI/Analog Controller Rocks

      1. Here’s my prototyping laziness.
        I used Kapton tape to mask the QFP before soldering. It’s 0.8mm from memory.
        I don’t drill holes lol there are zero holes in this board. If I have to then I choose a pad with the smallest possible size hole in the CAD and that helps act as a bit of a centering guide for the drill bit. I will go back to drilling holes (where needed) when I make a CNC to drill them for me.

        Also, I thought TSSOP was 0.635 1/40″

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