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.