Turn any Cheap Keyboard into a Midi Keyboard
Buying a new midi keyboard can be expensive. Instead of spending all that money buying the latest and greatest keyboard, why not try out a fun little electronics project.
First off, you’ll need a crappy keyboard (Don’t worry. It won’t be crappy for long).
After you acquire the keyboard, you’ll just need a few components. This might be a bit complicated, but if you have a general knowledge on electronics you should be able to follow along.
Video courtesy of EvanKale
The components will cost you less than $40! I tried my best to find the cheapest components on Amazon(links down below).
The video above goes into great detail about converting your keyboard into a fully functioning midi controller. Wiring diagrams and schematics are provided in the video.
Recommended course: The DIY MIDI Controller Course. If you want to become a master at making your own custom controller, this is the course for you! Packed with 11 action-packed modules that include downloadable images, schematics, sample code, and libraries. Even if you’re a hobby musician that doesn’t know anything about circuitry or programming, this course breaks it down to an understandable sense.
- Arduino Uno
- Serial-parallel register (You’ll need 2 of these)
- 10k ohm resistors
- 220 ohm resistor
- Prototype board
- Female midi port
- Male pin header