Arduinocaster shreds in MIDI

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Arduinocaster shreds in MIDI

Behold! MAKE subscriber Mike Cook brings us the Arduinocaster –

Arduinocaster is a an Arduino based MIDI instrument modelled on a guitar sometimes called a keytar. It uses switches and LEDs to control six “strings” which are held down in guitar like chords. Triggering the strings is through an opto reflective switch for a continuous repeating strum and four touch sensitive switches for a one off sequence. There are three banks of four picking / strumming / arpeggio styles and a three octave capo. Voice change information can also be sent.


A definite departure from the familiar keytar design, the Arduinocaster was in attendance at the recent Maker Faire UK. Hmmmm … I could swear I saw this axe in an old Buck Rogers episode … or maybe it was Peter Davison-era Doctor Who? Either way – Sweet!


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4 thoughts on “Arduinocaster shreds in MIDI

  1. Irregular Shed says:

    Peter Davison-era, surely =)

    We had a go on this at Maker Faire UK. It inspired my friend no end… I pity his wife!

    1. Collin Cunningham says:

      Surely you recall Mr. David’s work in the “The Quality of Leadership”?

      *ahem* yup, I meant “Davison” -thnx ;)

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