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Digital Electronics for Musicians by Alexandros Drymonitis

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CHAPTER 5

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A Simple Synthesizer Using a MIDI Keyboard and Arduino

In this chapter, we’ll start building interfaces that can really be used for expressing musical ideas. Our first project will be a clavier synthesizer. For this interface, we’ll use a MIDI keyboard to control the pitch of the synthesizer, and the Arduino for various other types of control parameters. If you have a MIDI keyboard that provides potentiometers, pitch-bend wheels, and push buttons, you might want to avoid using the Arduino altogether. Still, the Arduino has a better resolution in its analog pins, so you might find that it provides more room for expression when it comes ...

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