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graphical program that I wrote in Processing on my PC. If you check the
Arduino site, you’ll see that ‘talking MIDI’ is a simple two-wire serial
communications protocol affair. Of course, just about any microprocessor
will do, as long as it can keep up with the 31.25K bps communications rate.
I’ve had great luck with the inexpensive, high speed Arduino Mega clone —
ChipKit Max32 ($50) — from Digilent.
If you’re new to MIDI and the numerous options available for controlling
your next project seem overwhelming, then check out the tutorials on the
Arduino site ( arduino.cc). You should also consider the MIDI shields and
breakout boards, and documentation on the MIDI boards available from
SparkFun ( www.sparkfun.com). It also wouldn’t hurt to spend an hour in
your local music store to see how the various MIDI tools work in their
intended environments. NV
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