OpenDeck on ARM

A little over two years ago, I’ve announced that OpenDeck firmware started supporting various Arduino boards. It was a major milestone – the firmware design was modular enough that it could support various targets instead of just official OpenDeck board. Now, it’s time to announce another major milestone: with the newly released firmware support for […]

Looking for a Web developer

Web configurator is among the most loved features of OpenDeck. It’s basically its selling point. Without it, OpenDeck would be just another open-source project where you need to mess with low level stuff like sending and receiving raw SysEx bytes. Configurator makes the configuration easy, and most importantly, low level details become invisible. In my […]

OpenDeck software v4.0.0 – What’s new?

There were few interesting additions to OpenDeck software from my last post which was about v3.1.0, so I’ll recap everything noteworthy in this post, as well as some other stuff. Pitch bend This was something that a few people have asked me about in the past and I’m happy to say that the OpenDeck firmware […]

OpenDeck software v3.1.0 – Presets

Presets are one of features I’ve been asked the most about. In this post I’ll talk about the implementation of presets in OpenDeck software. Implementation If you don’t care about the implementation feel free to just skip to next section! Since the first version of OpenDeck, database (configuration) has been split into blocks and sections. […]

OpenDeck software v2.1.1

Yesterday I’ve released OpenDeck v2.1.1. Time for another OpenDeck release feature roundup! There’s been a few releases on GitHub since v2.0, however I don’t really write here about every release since most of them contain only a handful of fixes and new features. This post covers all the news since v2.0. Pitch bend Pitch bend […]

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 software v2.0

OpenDeck software has finally reached a new milestone: v2.0, so in this post, I’ll write about new features in it. MIDI channels Until now, assignment of MIDI channels was only possible globally, per MIDI message. For instance, you could define MIDI channels for MIDI notes, for MIDI CC messages etc, but not individually per component. […]

Display support on OpenDeck

So far, OpenDeck has been really good (IMO, at least) at handling the common components used to build MIDI controllers. What I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time already is to support displays on OpenDeck. Displays can be quite useful to give you visual representation of what is happening on the device, which […]

New OpenDeck features in v1.5.0

Last time I talked about features in OpenDeck was, well, long time ago. I have released OpenDeck firmware v1.5.0 so it’s time to fix this! NRPN Many people have been asking me about NRPN support on OpenDeck. I’ve never used it, so I haven’t implemented it before, but now OpenDeck official supports it. For those who […]

OpenDeck on Arduino

There’s an old saying which goes “if you can’t beat them – join them”. That kind of sums up latest OpenDeck development efforts. Selling OpenDeck boards Selling pre-assembled OpenDeck boards turned out to be not-so-profitable business. Actually, I was losing money on it. Once I’ve added up all the ridiculous taxes, import fees, PayPal fees, […]