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Peter writes –

Part of the advantage of open hardware is that you can modify products to be whatever you want. David Phipps of the “electronica jam band” Sound Tribe Sector 9 wanted his own Monome controller for manipulating live music mixes with Ableton Live, but he also wanted twice the number of buttons as on the stock model.

Result: custom-produced controller, based on the open specs and brain of the open project.

This was a first-time DIY project, so along the way he found lots of tips on where to get parts and how to get cheap custom fabrication of elements like the faceplate.

Create Digital Music » Building a Custom Monome Controller, with STS9’s David Phipps – Link.


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Phillip Torrone

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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