Sep 5, 2012

Inspiration for this device comes from a variety of sources: Fuzzy Wobble’s device Robert Henke’s Monodeck Skot McDonald’s code Blarsky’s device The device will be similar in functionality to a large mixing board, but will include other features to make it more useful to performing live electronic dance music. It will have 4 channels controlling 4 Access Virus TI2 parts, 4 channels controlling drums and other samples in Ableton Live, and 1 channel to control master effects and scene launching in Live. Channels 1-4 (Virus TI control):

  • Volume fader
  • “Combo Filter” knob, to emulate the filter on Pioneer DJM-250 mixers
  • Knobs to control sends

Channels 5-8 (Ableton Live control):

  • Volume fader
  • “Combo Filter” knob, to emulate the filter on Pioneer DJM-250 mixers
  • 2×2 button pad to emulate a Novation Dicer
  • Knobs to control software sends

Master Channel:

  • Volume fader
  • “Combo Filter” knob, to emulate the filter on Pioneer DJM-250 mixers
  • 2×2 button pad to emulate a Novation Dicer
  • Knobs to control software sends
  • 1 pushbutton rotary encoder to control scene selection and launching
  • A second pushbutton rotary encoder to control video effects
Also integrated into the device will be a simple USB hub, and possibly a power supply should the microcontroller require more current. After this prototype is built, a second version will be created that will include a few additional features such as XY touchpads, LCD displays, or anything else. Here is an illustration of each of the channels:

The next few posts will contain information about the various components and how they work with the microcontroller.