Introduction: Make Your Own Launchpad
In this episode of DIY or Buy I will be showing you how I created my own launchpad. That means I will show you how I combined a design idea with 3D Prints, WS2812 LEDs, tactile switches and an Arduino to create a proper MIDI instrument. While building I will also tell you a bit about a keyboard matrix and in the end determine what advantages the DIY Launchpad offers. Let's get started!
Step 1: Watch the Video!
The video gives you all the information you need to create your own Launchpad. But you can find additional information in the next steps.
Step 2: Order Your Components!
Here you can find a parts list with example seller (affiliate links):
WS2812 LEDs: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dZ4jWrV
1x Arduino Nano: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dVfsX8b
36x Tactile Switch: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dTzDwtt
36x 1N4002 Diode: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dTzf787
1x Arduino Nano: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...
36x Tactile Switch: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...
36x 1N4002 Diode: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...
2x Perfboard: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...
WS2812 LEDs: https://amzn.to/2V2L5WR
1x Arduino Nano: https://amzn.to/2X5ADQb
36x Tactile Switch: https://amzn.to/2TQBJxb
36x 1N4002 Diode: https://amzn.to/2IcPXqN
2x Perfboard: https://amzn.to/2EdUwNH
Home improvemet store:
M3,M4,M5 bolts and 0.75mm wire
Step 3: 3D Print the Enclosure!
Here you can find all the design files for the 3D Print. Open them with 123D Design and export them as .stl files.
Step 4: Build the Launchpad!
This step is pretty self explanatory. Just follow the steps from the video and use my reference pictures to build your Launchpad.
Step 5: Program the Arduino Nano!
Here you can find the wiring scheme and the code for the Arduino. Also don't forget to use the given libraries and the MIDI software.
Keyboard library: https://playground.arduino.cc/code/keypad
FastLED library: https://github.com/FastLED/FastLED
Hairless MIDI<->Serial Bridge: http://projectgus.github.io/hairless-midiserial/
Step 6: Success!
You did it! You just created your own Launchpad!
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