I have little extra time in my life, so when it comes to blogging, practicing or developing, I have to choose one or the other, and choose the one that will give the most benefit to the most people. For the last 4 months I've focused on developing Keyboard Integrator (a better title might be Midi Integrator, but I'm stuck now with the name). The reasons for this hard work? The tool will fill a big gap in midi software, and make possible much faster development of alternative musical instruments. At the other end, will be useful just to make any computer more of a digital audio workstation.
So what the heck is it?
A simple, open-source (free) system to convert PC inputs; keyboard, mouse, joystick etc, to midi input, combine it with other midi instrument input, then route it to whatever real or virtual instrument you wish.
The goal is to have a “set-up once and forget” process.
- Allows one to add one or more a pitch-bend and modulation touch-pads to any midi keyboard, and works especially well with new 2-dimensional instruments like the Axis-49.
- Can convert your PC-keyboard into an auxiliary midi-input controller, with any key triggering either a note, a control command, pitch bend, or preset action.
This grew out of a project to build jammer keyboards, into what I hope will be a great resource for anyone that needs their computer to help them more with music production.
for more info, see: http://sites.google.com/site/altkeyboards/instruments/integrator