BLE MIDI controller conversion of a NI KORE #BLE #Bluetooth @hackadayio @bbrandal

Bjørn Brandal writes on Hackaday.io:

The now obsolete (and sold second hand for $30-50) Native Instruments KORE and KORE 2 controllers are great hardware for a MIDI control surface. Although NI released a firmware enabling the KORE and KORE 2 to be used as generic MIDI controllers it still require a driver to run on the connected computer. And the latest driver for MAC does not work on latest MacOS releases.

As I was looking for hardware to make a MIDI controller to control Amplitube for my bass guitar playing, I bought a used KORE 2 and started playing with Arduino BLE MIDI on Nordic Semiconductors nRF52840.

The implementation includes a Mega 2560 PRO board and an Adafruit ItsyBitsy nRF52840 Express. Some nice 3D printed caps allow the Bluetooth signals to be broadcast out of the metal enclosure.

See the details in the project writeup here.


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