PROJECT IDEA: Midi Foot Controller

Going through my old work notebooks, I came across this sketch of a MIDI foot pedalboard that would allow a performer to trigger individual notes or pre-programmed “arpeggiator” patterns with his or her feet while playing another instrument, such as a guitar.

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The sketch shows the button layout of the device, including…

* 13 note buttons, for one octave C to C

* two OCTAVE (+) and (–) buttons

* a SUSTAIN toggle to switch from momentary to “latching” notes

* an ARPEGGIATOR button to turn the auto-arpeggiator patterns on/off

* an ARPEGGIATOR SELECT button to toggle through the 4-8 patterns

* foot-pressable VOLUME up and down butons

* two TEMPO (+) and (–) buttons. (This could be a “tap tempo” instead)

There are also a few LED’s to show the state of the arpeggiator and sustain toggles. The back panel would include a female USB port for easy re-programming.

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The “elevation” sketch on the right edge of the sketch shows how the rows of buttons will be tiered. Looking at this picture really makes me want to blow the dust off of this idea and get working on it!    – D. Morgan