An Old Timey Typewriter Turned into a MIDI Controller
Old typewrites are fantastic little machines. Whether you’re using a heavy old Underwood Champion or the speedy, Italian-made Olivetti Studio 44, a typewriter can be a fun way to make it clear that writing is work. Also, they look pretty great. Andnow William Sun Petrus ahs turned his 1920’s Remington Compact Typewrite into a MIDI controller. Here’s more from SonicState:
Armed with a typewriter, an Arduino Nano and some standalone programs – he’s made it possible use the hammer contacts with the “live plate”, which will send a signal to the Arduino which will, in turn, send MIDI…. Here’s created a tutorial and run down of the setup to show its inner workings as well as an extended cut of the original video. The Arduino code is also hosted on his GitHub page, if you’d like to finally put to use the 1920s Remington compact typewriter you have lying around.
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