I hope I’m posting in the right place for this, because technically it is project guidance, but I know it’s a little unorthodox.
See, I have a really close friend who is super interested in learning Arduino, but would never spend the money on themselves, so I’d really like to put together a kind of custom kit for them. I know they’re super interested in using it in some sort of musical application, such as a midi controller or new instrument. Now, you may say that is a little ambitious for a beginner, but seriously, this person is an extremely talented & smart individual, so I know they can handle whatever I throw at them.
I had intended to learn Arduino on my own eventually, but their birthday is fast approaching and I was really hoping I could get some suggestions of parts/pieces etc to put into this kit of sorts. I have been looking for the last week all over, but since I don’t know enough, it’s very confusing & hard for me to understand stuff & I’m feeling rather lost.
I’d just really like to do something nice for my friend & I think they’d love this more than anything.
So any help will be appreciated deeply & I understand it’s a weird request, but I’m hoping maybe there are some of you out there who know just what kind of modules & shields & boards I should be looking into.
I have a budget of about $130, & something that allows for MIDI control would be a great start. They play guitar mostly, but are multi-talented & able to adapt to things very easily as long as they’re interested. They’ve also mentioned they like the synths & drum kits people have been making with Arduino. I don’t know if this is enough information to help me, I rather hope it is because I can’t ask any more questions without them getting suspicious. They really have no idea I’m doing this.
Thanks in advance