Build smart, custom mechanical keyboards for MIDI or Ableton Live control #CircuitPython

cdm writes about one of the latest projects from John Park on behalf of Adafruit: a Modal MIDI Keyboard.

John Park of DIY boutique Adafruit seems to be having some serious fun with tiny mechanical keypads – as hackable, ultra-compact MIDI controllers and (with screen) even the tiniest Ableton Live controller I’ve ever seen.

There’s been a very tasty nerd convergence, between the custom keyboard community – the folks who love building and modding their own mechanical keyboards – and the world of Raspberry Pi. The RasPi folks made a cute little low-cost microcontroller board with a new chip called the RP2040 as its brain.

See the video below and the article here. You can build this project via the Adafruit Learning System.

 


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