Newbie: MIDI controller + Display - which board to choose ? tips ?

Hi,

This is going to be my first Arduino project, and I will be happy to receive any tips. I want to build a small MIDI controller, which will have MIDI and a small display. and I found the following shield: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9595, and I thought to start with the "UNO" board. I've understood that using a "serial" LCD is much simpler than "parallel" LCD, but the seller at the store said I cannot use "serial" LCD with this shield and UNO, since this shield already using the RX/TX, (as can be seen here : https://www.sparkfun.com/datasheets/DevTools/Arduino/MIDI_Shield-v13.pdf ) And he suggested to use MEGA instead. So I started to Google a bit, and bumped into this LCD shield, which is using other pins: http://www.adafruit.com/products/714 And apparently can be used on UNO with the MIDI shield.

I would like to ask, based on your experience, what do you suggest to do ? Which combination will be easier to work with ? "easier" for me is less soldering and less wires (I prefer programming to soldering). The problem I have now, that I dont know even what questions I need to ask...

Thanks for any help. Si.

Gotta love the editorializing: " antiquated, but still widely used and well supported MIDI communication protocol"

The I2C LCD shield uses pins A4/A5 for communication - you will have to make an extension cable or something as the MIDI shield does not appear as meant to be installed as a mid-stack shield. A4/A5, Power, Gnd, review the doc's & see what else is needed.

Since you're not mounting the LCD on top the MIDI shield, you have other options - for example, look at the Serial Displays at www.newhavendisplay.com SPI, I2C, TTL level Serial (software serial) are all available options to you.

What are the features you want to have on your MIDI controller when it is finished? If you use an Arduino with only one set of TX/RX pins then you will not be able to use both a serial LCD and the midi shield. So you could use the Arduino Mega but that's a bit of an overkill. They have other LCD's that don't need to use the TX/RX pins. Overall you won't be doing too much soldering / wiring if you choose another LCD.

Hi, Thanks for the help, The I2C solves my problem. Thanks again ! Si.