Building DubFocus controllers

I’ve built two new controllers which I’ve named DubFocus (dub producers are really keen into very knobby MIDI controllers), even though the name can’t be seen anywhere on them. The controllers feature 12 faders, 48 pots, 12 buttons with LEDs… Oh wait, you’ve heard this before, right? What’s the point of this post then? Let […]

Touchscreen-based MIDI controller

I’ve built myself a new controller – Bergamot, which is my first controller based on a touchscreen. New controller – again? I never do things for the sake of doing them. Bergamot is purely a result of frustration with Tannin 2. When I’ve built Tannin 2, I’ve been using it happily for quite some time. Then, […]

Custom controller for Conscious Youth

Last time I’ve built a custom MIDI controller for someone was quite a while ago. Actually, I’ve been so focused on OpenDeck in the last few years I barely even mention to anyone that I do actually build entire controllers as well – and why bother? Most of the conversations about that look almost exactly […]

OpenDeck platform v1.0

You’d be forgiven for thinking that OpenDeck project is dead, as well as this blog – after all, it’s been more than a year since the last update. While it’s true that in the past year I haven’t had much time to work on the platform, last couple of months have been full of development […]

Building Ceylon

This is a long overdue post about Ceylon, another Shantea Controls controller, only this time, one that I’ve built for myself. Of course, it’s based on OpenDeck platform. Ceylon was actually built about three months ago. Reason why I haven’t written about it is a combination of things really. First, it was in a beta period for […]

Sensimidia MIDI controller

Sensimidia is third Shantea Controls controller, and also my second commercial project. I’ve been working on it for the last two months, but most of that time I did nothing, because of some delivery issues with faders and box. Now that it’s finally over, I’d like to present it here. In many ways, Sensimidia is […]

Building Anandamidi controller, part 1

Anandamidi, MIDI controller with a strange name, is my latest project. Guy for whom I’m building it sent me basic layout and a name, while I’m working on everything else, from design (which always come first) to electronics and programming. Name Let’s explain the name first. “Anandamide is a molecule that plays a role in many bodily […]