Monday, 9 July 2012

MIDI bass ideas update

So far, we've bee concentrating on reading the neck of our MIDI bass, by running a resistor ladder up the fingerboard, and shorting one end to ground to read which string is pressing against which fret.

This video popped up on Google+ this morning - it's a follow-up to Jeri Ellsworth's C64 bass video taken at the MakerFaire earlier this year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kDhpFaf4EY

We haven't really invested a lot of time into reading when each string is actually plucked, but this video has a great idea in it - simply put a custom shaped piezo in contact between each string and the bridge. It's so simple, it's genius!