The $10 Ableton Midi Controller. No soldering required!

April 9, 2009 § Leave a comment

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Thanks to Create Digital Music for this brilliant post and tutorial on building a very easy-to-make midi controller out of a cheap USB keyboard. Great idea and the end result looks great .

According to the tutorial you need the following things to get started:

  • A QWERTY keyboard, preferably with a USB connector. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy an adapter to fit your laptop, which costs extra. You can get one for $7.50 at AllElectronics.com, but you can find them even cheaper at your local thrift store’s “technology pile.” I got mine for $2.
  • A flathead screwdriver.
  • Ableton Live. Ed.: Live is a perfect choice here, but you may find this useful with other music apps, as well — or even in a VJ set. -PK
  • A free keyboard-mapping utility called Autohotkey (if you’re running Windows). If you’re running Mac, the program to use is calledIKey.READ MORE HERE
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