Launchpad translator

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As a product, this pad (Launchpad Mini mk2 - you now probably want at least the mk3) is aimed at triggering samples in a DAW.

It speaks MIDI, but the note layout is not musical at all. If you want to use it for that (note: no velocity; you may want a Pro or X for that - but by then, also compare to things like Push), you want a different layout.

As it speaks MIDI, I've previously abused it in other ways, such as triggering a slew of keyboard combos via MidiKey2Key.

But you can go further than that.

Pictured is an Arduino with a USB 2.0 Host shield.

Acting as a translator (USB-midi to the pad, and as of this writing serial MIDI on the other end) lets us create a isometric keyboard layout, and add features we can think of, such as a step sequencer. And control the LEDs.

And because USB-MIDI is defined in USB itself, the USB code is not particularly scary.

The code is duct tape between:

  • Arduino MIDI library [1]so that it can easily put out serial MIDI (on 5-pin DIN)
  • my code also uses the USB MIDI library though this seems to have been merged into the host shield code in current versions.

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