Using el wire shield, controlled by midi

Hi all,

I am working on a project for my pedalboard using el wire to indicate which pedals are active. Normally this would be indicated by an led on each pedal itself, but I am using a looping system so all the pedals are active all the time. The controller is the large pedal in the bottom left hand corner of the picture. My goal is to take a midi output from the controller that will tell the arduino which el wire strands to light up depending on which pedals are active for that specific loop setting. I am brand new to anything arduino so all help is appreciated.


midi signal -> arduino -> el wire shield -> lights

el wire shield:

Thanks in advance for the help.

There are many Arduino MIDI examples online, what have you tried?