I dont know a lot about arduino and things around it so i need some help please. I want to build a midi controller to control parameters and effects plugins in my recording DAW. It uses midi CCs and Notes to communicate with midi. I want to create a controller with like 16 rotary encoders and some some buttons.
I have searched around and i found something called Arduino Sensor Shield witch is out in a number of versions e.g http://arduino-info.wikispaces.com/SensorShield http://hobbycomponents.com/index.php/arduino-sensor-shield-v7.html http://emartee.com/product/41798/Arduino-Sensor-Shield-V4.0 https://www.google.gr/search?q=arduino+sensor+shield&espv=2&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=WOGUU5ORG4KwPL-ygZAM&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=979
and I like it cos it seems to me that i can skip soldering by using some encoder boards and pin cables from each encoder to connect it to the shield. I hope it is easy as that. Please let know if im wrong.
And for buttons use one of these. http://www.miniinthebox.com/4x4-matrix-keypad-keyboard-module-201211270080064_p478899.html?pos=ultimately_buy_4 and maybe one or two of these. http://www.popscreen.com/p/MTI4MDAyMzE2/Arduino-Mini-2x4-Single-Keypad-eBay
So i will use pin cables to connect the pins on the encoder board to somewhere on the sensor shield right? My question is how many rotary encoders and buttons can i connect to 1 Arduino Sensor Shield mounted on to an Arduino microcontroller brain. And what microcontroller would be best? And what would be the best way to do this?
I also found this sensor shield extender. http://www.popscreen.com/p/MTA5Nzg1MjMx/I2C-IIC-Extender-for-Arduino-Sensor-Shield-with-Cable-eBay
Please let me know if im on the correct path. Thanks for your time!