Inspired by the great monome and a creative urge, one more idea was born in my mind, to create a device that would be used to make some experimental music project. At first the idea was just an array of buttons like the monome, but then I decided to throw some rotary encoders in, again inspired by the arc. After browsing a while I ordered two rotary encoder breadboards and meanwhile made some tests with MIDI libraries in Arduino.

It turned out that in order to have Arduino be recognized as a MIDI device I had to change its firmware, so I decided to find a work around. Basically all the readings from the board are transferred via the serial port to a small processing sketch, formatted and forwarded to a virtual MIDI port as MIDI data, which is afterwards mapped in software like Ableton or Reason.

When my hardware arrived , I hooked everything up, made few tests to figure out how everything works and was ready to proceed testing. There are 4 push buttons, and two rotary encoders with led indicators, which can also be used as a push button. All that filled almost every of the Arduino pin so I had to re map the analog input pins as digital out. Basically the buttons send a note value, which can be mapped to activate samples or sequences, and the rotary encoders control parameters, each rotary encoder can control up to 2 parameters, this is archived in combination with the button inside it.

Theme song of the project: Camo & Krooked – The Big Rush

Here is the code from the Arduino sketch:

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  1. Hi Tomash!
    I really like your works and your creativity! Great Job!
    I’m searching a lot on the web, for buy or build a personal midi controller, for control some specific plugin, like SSL E-channel…

    I have some arduino boards, and i think i’ll try to build ReNoiser01… i have to modify this project to add some control…
    I need 19 rotary encoder, 13 pushbutton, 10 led, and if it’s possible a motorized fader, for replicate the E-channel plugin.

    A lot of people love to control this plugin from a controller that replicate the interface, because channel strip plugin are used very much in DAW system, especially SSL series from vintage analog consolle, but unfortunately don’t exist…

    Can you help me to build this controller?

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