Hi all -
This is a first time post as I am only just beginning to go over the basics of Arduino. I have a particular project I'd like to build and was hoping for some kind peoples to help point me in the right direction, including A) Is this doable? and B) What Arduino option is going to be best for me?
Essentially I play guitar and sing by myself and I'm looking for a way of having a backing instrument; I've seen a lot of people convert the old organ footpedals but for me it's not very portable and also not the easiest to play while standing up.
My idea is the following (I've drawn up a little picture to help):
Have 7 notes in chromatic sequence, but all following a major scale, with the ability to change keys with the transpose buttons (the key is then shown on the digital display).
So if you're playing in the key of C, the notes will be C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. But if you change to the key of D for example, they'd each shift up a tone, and there would be no 'F' only an 'F sharp'. It may sound limited but for most of the songs I play (and most everyone else) the major scale would cover most of what you need to do, with the natural button there in case you need it.
Doing this helps save space - it'd very hard to play 16 notes with your feet let alone finding the space for them!
I'd also love to have the option of the notes playing as 5th's, octave or normal, and also to have auto sustain which dies off after a bit (a sort of cross envelope would be great).
I've also thrown in instrument up and down buttons would could be any programmable button that could work with Logic Mainstage or other software etc (I foresee this as a pedal with just a standard midi out).
What does everyone think? Crazy or could just work?
Thanks for your time