Total beginner when it comes to electronics so apologies for any bad descriptions in advance! I need advice on a project I would like to attempt, what I would need hardware wise, and if its even possible!
I want to build a BIG 16x16 (256) matrix sequencer using meridian style tap lights, similar to these possibly:
I want to use the hardware to control a max/msp music sequencer patch loosely based on the Yamaha Tenori-on.
Can you tell me what issues I should expect to encounter with this idea?
The example lights are battery powered but I would want to adapt them to be power hardwired and as a switch that could be used with an Arduino and Max, Im guessing for the large amount I require (256) that they need to be a digital communication with the Arduino? How should I approach this? I have read some articles about shift registers but I don't really understand to be honest. I would also like to be able to control the brightness of the LED, and potentially have all 256 on at the same time. Is this going to cause power/CPU issues do you think? Can I power them from the Arduino?
Are there many other glaring issues Im missing?! All advice gratefully received.
Thanks in advance