Trombone Champ is an excellent music game (hsmag.cc/TromboneChamp). You toot your way through tunes old and new, trying to get a perfect pitch from your trusty trombone. It is one of those rare games where playing badly is at least as amusing as playing well.
The game is controlled using the mouse. But what if you want some real trombone action? In this article, we are going to build a Raspberry Pi Pico powered trombone controller programmed with CircuitPython that uses a laser rangefinder and an air pressure sensor to get an authentic trombone slide action from a couple of pieces of drainpipe.
Check out the project in HackSpace Magazine Issue 63 pp. 70-75.
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