Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Kaoss Update: solder-free solution for enhanced MIDI DIN control

Wow, I am blown away by the receptions I receive for my Kaossilator / Kaoss Pad MIDI mod.

As a thank you, I want to throw a small goodie in the ring:

A solder-free version of the DIN mod. If you can spare USB connectivity, there is a very easy solution to play your Kaossilator Pro(+) or Kaoss Pad 3(+) with standard Note On/Off messages generated by any keyboard, sequencer, DAW, etc.

Naturally, this is also the most expensive solution, but we speak about being expensive in the range of less than 20,- Euro/Dollar here. All you need are two devices (if you look for third-party clones, less than 10,- each): an Arduino/Genuino (Uno, Leonardo, or any compatible clone) and a MIDI shield.

Sorry, to be precise, you'll need these two devices, a USB cable and an internet connection (the fact that you read this, tells me you are on the right track):

  1. Put the Arduino and the MIDI shield together
  2. Get the Arduino IDE from here and install it
  3. Get the MIDI library from here and install it (described here)
  4. Get the Kontroller firmware from here
  5. Open the firmware in the Arduino IDE and edit the features listed in the beginning of the file
  6. Use the USB cable to connect the Arduino to your computer
  7. Choose your Arduino board and its connected USB port in the Tools menu of the IDE 
  8. Press the Upload button
  9. Happy Kaoss on your gig!
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