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MIDIsense

MIDIsense

MIDIsense is a simple, yet extensible sensor interface system for artists, musicians and others interested in experimenting with sensors. The MIDIsense boards provide a simple way to integrate various common sensors with existing software such as Max/MSP, Ableton Live, etc. or directly to a synthesizer/sequencer with a MIDI in jack.
Sensor boards

Instead of having one generic board that handles all kinds of sensors, with extensive configuration required, there are 3-4 different boards. Each board is customized to handle a particular kind of sensor. For example, one board handles ‘resistive’ type sensors: force, bend, and photosensors all act like variable resistors, and require a certain kind of conditioning circuitry. Another board will handle ‘capacitive touch’ button sensors: this type of sensor requires a specific chip to function. And so on.

Why am I doing it this way? Well, if there was only one design, the board would be too generic, and the user would have to wire up the custom circuitry required for each kind of switch, which would invalidate the point of having a kit available.

As a result, the artist that intends to use MIDIsense should first decide what sensors are desired (by reading the sensor page), then purchasing & building the correct kits to handle those sensors (as well as the sensors themselves). The sensors have to be wired up but that doesnt require understanding or designing any electronics, usually you only need to solder extension wires in.

Right now only the resistive sensor board has been released, the other boards are designed but haven’t been kitted…The others will be ready to go once I’ve verified that this system works well for people.

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