I took the time to do some readings and researches and now have a clearer ideas on what I want to do now. Here's my post last time. (Feel free to just skip it..) http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,73038.msg548466.html#msg548466
Basically, here's what I want to achieve. I want to get Arduino to read a MIDI file, and then fires signals to the solenoids it connects to and control them.
I have 28 solenoids to control, so I think I need an Arduino Mega 2560 for that number of outputs. As I will use the Mega, I can get the Arduino to read the MIDI from a USB flashdrive. Alternatively, I may want to use an Android app (since Mega supports Android) to send the MIDI into the Arduino. I think I need a MIDI Shield, like this https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9595. Do I really need one?
I am basically unsure about whether getting the Arduino to read MIDI files from a USB flashdrive is tougher to develop or getting it to read from Android is tougher. I prefer the Android option though as I can do a UI for it and the phone can serve as the power source. It sounds cooler as well!
I really need advice on how could I read the MIDI files. A lot of projects I found online are either using PureData or similar softwares on Windows or get MIDI input from real-time, like from an electronic keyboard.
I have only basic C knowledge, but am willing to learn more! So far, I can still understand Arduino codes as I find them really simple to read.
Please advise!! Thanks!