Tears of the Kingdom would be the hotness proper now, however Ocarina of Time will all the time maintain a particular place in our hearts. In case you had been as nerdy as I used to be, you could have bought an ocarina at a renaissance pageant after enjoying that recreation. If that’s the case, you then found that breath management was essential to creating the ocarina sound like an instrument and never a deflating balloon. Most MIDI gadgets omit breath management and that limits their versatility, which is why Xavier Dumont designed this ocarina-like MIDI device controlled by breath.
This MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) gadget, dubbed the MIDILodica, is a novel instrument devised solely by Dumont, nevertheless it resembles an ocarina or a flute. The highest floor has 35 buttons to pick particular notes, just like the MIDI controllers that you simply’re used to. To set off a notice, the participant has to blow into the mouthpiece. The power of their breath interprets to the depth of the MIDI notice. There’s additionally a linear contact pad on the underside facet that the participant can attain with their thumb. Manipulating that can bend the pitch of the notes. Collectively, the breath management and contact pad let the participant create much more variation within the MIDI output than could be attainable in any other case.
The MIDILodica additionally has a easy interface on the highest floor, which features a TFT LCD display screen and 4 buttons (there’s a fifth button on the underside). That interface lets the participant alter settings, swap octaves, and so forth.
As is the case with most MIDI controllers, the MIDILodica does not output any sound itself. As a substitute, it sends MIDI messages to a pc or synthesizer that generates tones based mostly on the parameters enter by the participant.
That is an open supply venture that you may replicate your self utilizing the recordsdata Dumont uploaded to GitHub. The shell of the MIDILodica is 3D-printable and inside there’s a customized PCB. An Arduino Micro, the buttons, an Adafruit TFT LCD, and the breath sensor all mount onto that PCB. The contact pad connects to the PCB via a jumper cable. As a result of this can be a customary MIDI controller, it’s going to work with no matter software program you like. If you wish to hear it in motion, Dumont has some easy demonstrations on the finish of his video.