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Arduino Ribbon Controller

Posted on October 10th, 2011

A while back I read this post about making a ribbon controller with force sensing resistors and SoftPot’s (position sensitive resistors), with an Arduino brain.

I had been thinking of building a ribbon controller, and when this came along I no longer had any excuse…

So, today I went to STPLN and got some much appreciated help from my friend STG.

He looked over the Coagula code and got it working properly, or so I hope, since we didn’t have any MIDI-equipment to test it with. Then we did a quick and dirty box with the laser cutter.

Anyways, some pictures of the build:

There’s still some work to be done, such as: additional layer of plywood on the top, with a cutout for the ribbon, to help guide the finger. Maybe a couple of regular potentiometers on the side for more control. Maybe another ribbon to double the amount of fun. Oh, and buttons for navigating the menu… :)


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