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USB foot controller/looper

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Hello everybody,
I play guitar and I do computer music on Ableton Live. This software has a looper, but it is not so efficient and I needed something better to play... Therefore I started building a USB foot controller with cheap stuffs!

Check the following video to see what it looks like:


 
Three things you need to know before to start:
-There might be a few mistakes, I do not usually speak english
-This controller works on Ableton Live, I do not know about the others softwares, depending how to configure the controllers...
-Before to built the controller, I checked on the internet if some had the same idea and I found relevant posts. I thought to built it with an old keyboard, and many people already did it. Here is my favorite:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Hack-a-USB-Computer-Keyboard-to-Make-a-Synth-Pedal/
So I based my work on this instructable, adding few steps and comments.

Now that you are ready,
Lets begin!

 

 
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Step 1: What you need!

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Here is what you'll need:

-An old usb keyboard
          http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR9.TRC1.A0.Xusb+keyboard&_nkw=usb+keyboard&_sacat=0&_from=R40

-4 red pushbuttons. I bought mines here:
http://www.gotronic.fr/art-bp-rouge-r1830r-4257.htm
If you prefer some blue ones, it is here:
http://www.gotronic.fr/art-bp-bleu-r1829b-4252.htm

-4 green pushbuttons:
http://www.gotronic.fr/art-bp-vert-r1829g-4253.htm
And if you prefer yellow ones, it is here:
http://www.gotronic.fr/art-bp-jaune-r1829y-4254.htm

-A breadboard
http://www.gotronic.fr/art-plaque-d-essais-bcs050-6931.htm

-A soldering iron

-Wires

-An old shoebox. If you need shoes you can buy some here (mine come from this shop...):
http://www.chaussea.com

-Love
ceefax985 months ago

I'm thinking of building this, as it looks relatively simple and i'm not very good with electronics. But I was wondering if you could explain more about the breadboard part of it, maybe with a diagram? As I said, I'm very bad with electronics

thanks

Matlek (author)  ceefax985 months ago

Hi! The breadboard allows you to multiply the number of connections for one connection, you can see it on the diagram: the connection with the information "1" is welded to the breadboard, and at the pushbuttons you have the information "1" three times.

I don't know if it is understandable, but have a look on the diagram I think it is pretty clear.

Let me know if it is ok!

breadboard.jpg
ceefax98 Matlek5 months ago
Thank you, it's a lot clearer now :)
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