Intro: MidiMatrix - Broadcast Your Name Whilst Performing
You can't miss a LED Matrix displaying messages. It's an excellent way of broadcasting your name/website/instagram etc. whilst gigging. In addition to displaying scrolling messages, this design syncs to a MIDI clock displaying animations in a 4/4 beat fashion. 4 RGB LEDs change colour at random interval to attract even more attention.
Step 1: Putting It Together | Diagram & Arduino Sketch
The MidiMatrix is based on the Arduino Nano.
Please see attached Diagram, Components and Arduino Sketch.
Step 2: Putting It Together | Printed Circuit Board & Front Panel
The design is nice and simple. Have a look at the attached PCB .pdf; all wiring is shown here.
Once you completed the circuit board, it's time to put PCB plus Matrix in a box. Print the frontpanel pages out to actual size on A4 sticky peel self adhesive paper.
Step 3: See It at Work and Customize Your Messages
Video 1 - Modes & Selecting Messages (no sound)
0:00-0:21 - Message only. Switching from Message #1 to #3.0:21-0:50 - MIDI only.0:50-1:57 - Auto-alternate between MIDI only and Message only (30 sec. interval).
Video 2 - Gigging impression
0:00-0:15 - Message only Mode.0:15-0:51 - Switiching to MIDI only. The MidiMatrix automatically switches to MIDI only mode right after it finishes the scrolling message at 0:25 (the hi-hat kicking in is coincidental).0:51-1:35 - Switching to MSG/MIDI mode. Here, the MidiMatrix automatically alternates between MSG- and MIDI- mode.
Coding your own messages is easy. See attached code snippet; just open the Arduino sketch with the Arduino Software (IDE) and edit any of the three defaults messages ("Text Message 1", "Text Message 2", "Text Message 3").
This is an entry in the
Electronics Tips & Tricks Challenge