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Fridgebuzzzzz’s MK 1 MIDI controller reminds me of my Dad’s old Gretsch Tennessean … but yaknow, in an elegant, future-y kind of way.

the MK1 prototype is a user programmable midi controller featuring 32 LED pushbutton switches and 6 touch sensitive copper plate switches. an example user mapping would have the top row of twelve buttons be designated as major chords arranged in the cirle of fifths. the row below has minor chords arranged as the relative minor to the major chords. the touch sensitive switches, arranged as if they were strings on a guitar, trigger notes based on which chord button is pressed. the eight buttons located higher on the neck play a major or minor scale in the key of the last chord button that was pressed. the headstock contains siz LEDs that flash when the corresponding touch plate is activated.

More info + demo vids over at fridgebuzzz electronics.

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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