I finally got my latest project assembled and running.
The JALKA is an Arduino based MIDI Footcontroller and – yes, yes, I know the code isn’t the most elegant you have ever seen – I am quite happy with the way it turned out! =)
JALKA is the finish word for “Foot
”, so I thought it would be an appropriate name for my Footcontroller!
At the moment (v1.0) it has:
- 8 Assignable buttons (each with Click and Click+Hold messages)
- 8 Assignable Pots;
- 4 Modes (kind of like banks, each offering a different set of messages for the buttons, so making kind of 64 “buttons” in total)
- Reset (well, it’s not a real reset. It’s a “All notes off” message for the eventual stuck note…)
At the moment the Pots don’t change with the Modes. I found it annoying to always have to pickup the value when you change to a different mode. Who knows in a future version I’ll think of something better…
Even though I am very inexperienced with this, I gave a go at drawing the schematics for the JALKA controller (it was actually fun!
Just in case someone is interested, here is also the “plan” for the wood enclosure:
And I’ll attach also a file with the complete sketch!
I know there are LOTS of things that could be done in a better way, but i'll work on that for a future version of the sketch.
And I made a little video to show it working with Ableton Live.
The objective of this project, apart from having my own Footcontroller
, was to learn and practice new technics and concepts with Arduino. I am a starter with this whole electronics/ programming thingy (this was my 2nd project), and I find it much easier to stay motivated to learn while working on a project that interests me.
I hope someone else likes it and, who knows, maybe there are even other people out there interested in making their own JALKA! I would love to know what you think about it and hear any comments or ideas for new features for a future sketch v2.0! =)
Hmmm, and while we’re at it, what is JALKA in your mother language?
In mine – Portuguese - is “Pé