Homemade MIDI controller Success!

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Homemade MIDI controller Success!

Postby nullvalue » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:13 pm

So, I've successfully been able to hook up my Arduino to my Vyper 15W and send MIDI commands. So far, I've managed to be able to control the volume, wah, presets, and looper function.

I've got this all set out on a breadboard right now for prototyping, but I've just ordered out for some parts so I can put this together properly. Right now that ugly cable you see coming from the back of the amp is wired directly into the MIDI header holes on the DSP board. The black linear potentiometer is controlling the volume (read on an analog input on the arduino).. The two pushbuttons are currently controlling the Looper Record/Play and Stop/Erase.

Anyways, I've ordered some nice pushbuttons and an LCD. Also ordered a couple MIDI jacks. I have something that I can use as the enclosure. Once I have it all put together and working I'll post a writeup with pictures.

Picture of the current hideous setup attached.

Here's the current Arduino code, if anyone's interested.

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/*
 VipryPedyl
 
 This sketch sends MIDI commands to the Peavey Vypyr AMP

 created 29 Mar 2012
 
 */
#include <LiquidCrystal.h>
#include <EEPROM.h>

LiquidCrystal lcd(2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7);

int sensorValue = 0;
int ledPin = 13;
int Volume = 0;
byte R_ARR = 0x7E;
byte L_ARR = 0x7F;
byte BLOCK = 0xFF;

enum e_mode { preset, looper, volume, wah, pregain, bass, mid, high, postgain, NumberOfModes };
char* s_mode[NumberOfModes] = { "Preset", "Looper", "Volume", "Wah", "PreGain", "Bass", "Mid", "High", "PostGain" };
char* s_abbr[NumberOfModes] = { "Pre",    "Looper", "Vol",    "Wah", "PrG",     "Bas",  "Mid", "Hi ",  "PsG" };
int b_mode[2] = { preset, preset };
int b_pins[2] = { 8, 9 }; //Pins the buttons are on
int b_vals[2] = { 0, 0 }; //Paramtere values when buttons are pressed

void setup() {
  Serial.begin(31250);

  lcd.begin(8, 2);
  lcd.setCursor(0, 0);
  lcd.print("VYPYR-");
  lcd.setCursor(0, 1);
  lcd.print("   PEDYL");
  delay(3000);
 
  pinMode(8, INPUT);
  pinMode(9, INPUT);
 
  getSettings();
}

void getSettings() {
  b_mode[0] = EEPROM.read(0);
  if (b_mode[0]>NumberOfModes) b_mode[0]=preset;
  b_mode[1] = EEPROM.read(1);
  if (b_mode[1]>NumberOfModes) b_mode[1]=preset;
  b_vals[0] = EEPROM.read(2);
  if (b_vals[0] > 127) b_vals[0]=1;
  b_vals[1] = EEPROM.read(3);
  if (b_vals[1] > 127) b_vals[1]=2;
}

void saveSettings() {
  EEPROM.write(0, b_mode[0]);
  EEPROM.write(1, b_mode[1]);
  EEPROM.write(2, b_vals[0]);
  EEPROM.write(3, b_vals[1]);
}

void loop() {
  buttonClear();
  printHome();
 
  int b = getButton();
  if (b>0) {
    b--;
    if ((b_mode[0]==looper)||(b_mode[1]==looper))
    {
      //Looper stuff
      switch(b) {
        case 0:        //Button 1 Short Press
          noteOn(0);   //PLAY WORKS
          noteOff(0);   //PLAY WORKS
          break;
        case 1:        //Button 2 Short Press
          noteOn(2);  //STOP
          noteOff(2);  //STOP
          break;
        case 2:        //Button 1 Long Press
          noteOn(0);   //RECORD  WORKS
          noteOff(0);   //RECORD  WORKS
          break;
        case 3:        //Button 2 Long Press
          noteOn(2);   //ERASE WORKS
          break;
      }
    }
    else
    {
      lcd.setCursor(1,b);
      lcd.print(R_ARR);
      switch(b_mode[b]) {
        case preset:
          patch(b_vals[b]-1);
          break;
        case wah:
          controller(6, b_vals[b]);
          break;
        case volume:
          controller(7, b_vals[b]);
          break;
        case pregain:
          controller(16, b_vals[b]);
          break;     
        case bass:
          controller(17, b_vals[b]);
          break;     
        case mid:
          controller(18, b_vals[b]);
          break;     
        case high:
          controller(19, b_vals[b]);
          break;     
        case postgain:
          controller(22, b_vals[b]);
          break;     
      }
    }
    buttonClear();
  }
  else if (b==0)
  {
    //Mode Selection Menu 
    lcd.clear(); lcd.print(BLOCK); lcd.print("SELECT"); lcd.print(BLOCK); lcd.setCursor(0,1); lcd.print(BLOCK); lcd.print("BUTTON"); lcd.print(BLOCK);
    buttonClear();
    int btn = getButton();
    if (btn>0) {
      lcd.clear(); lcd.print(L_ARR); lcd.print(btn); lcd.print(" MODE"); lcd.print(R_ARR);
      btn--;
      printMode(b_mode[btn]);
      buttonClear();
      while(1) {
        b = getButton();
        if (b==1) { if (b_mode[btn]==0) b_mode[btn]=NumberOfModes-1; else b_mode[btn]--; }
        else if (b==2) { if (b_mode[btn]==NumberOfModes-1) b_mode[btn]=0; else b_mode[btn]++; }
        else { break; }
        printMode(b_mode[btn]);
      }
      buttonClear();
      lcd.clear();
      switch(b_mode[btn])
      {
        case preset:
          lcd.print(s_mode[b_mode[btn]]);
          b_vals[btn] = getNumberValue(1, 12, b_vals[btn]);
          break;
        case volume: case wah: case pregain: case bass: case mid: case high: case postgain:
          lcd.print(s_mode[b_mode[btn]]);
          b_vals[btn] = getNumberValue(0, 127, b_vals[btn]);
          break;
        case looper:
          lcd.print("*LOOPER*");
          lcd.setCursor(0,1);
          lcd.print("**MODE**");
          delay(4000);
          break;
      }
      saveSettings();
      buttonClear();
    }
  }
  delay(100);
}

int getNumberValue(int mn, int mx, int df)
{
  int val = df; int b;
  if (val < mn) val = mn;
  if (val > mx) val = mx;
  lcd.setCursor(0,1);
  lcd.print(L_ARR);
  lcd.setCursor(7,1);
  lcd.print(R_ARR);

  while(1) {
    lcd.setCursor(3,1); lcd.print("   ");
    lcd.setCursor(3,1); lcd.print(val);
    b = getButton();
    if (b==1) { if (val==mn) val=mx; else val--; }
    else if (b==2) { if (val==mx) val=mn; else val++; }
    else { break; }
  }
 
  return val;
}

void printMode(int mode) {
  lcd.setCursor(0,1); lcd.print("        ");
  lcd.setCursor(0,1); lcd.print(s_mode[mode]);
}

void printHome() {
  lcd.clear();

  if ((b_mode[0]==looper)||(b_mode[1]==looper))
  {
    //looper mode
    //(both buttons are needed for looper mode)
    lcd.print("1"); lcd.print("PLY/REC");
    lcd.setCursor(0,1);
    lcd.print("2"); lcd.print("STP/ERS");
  }
  else
  {
    //normal modes
    lcd.print("1:"); lcd.print(s_abbr[b_mode[0]]);
    lcd.setCursor(5+numCharLen(b_vals[0]),0); lcd.print(b_vals[0]);
    lcd.setCursor(0,1);
    lcd.print("2:"); lcd.print(s_abbr[b_mode[1]]);
    lcd.setCursor(5+numCharLen(b_vals[1]),1); lcd.print(b_vals[1]);
  }
}

int numCharLen(int val) {
  if (val<10)
    return 2;
  else if (val<100)
    return 1;
  else
    return 0;
}

int getButton() {
  //Waits for a button push.. 1, 2, 0 (both)
  //3, 4 for looper mode long button press
  boolean longpress=true;
  while(1)
  {   
    for(int b=0;b<=1;b++) {
      if (getButtonPin(b,false))
      {
        //debounce and make sure B2 isn't pressed while in wait
        for(int i=0;i<40;i++)
        {
          lcd.setCursor(0,1);
          delay(10);
          if (getButtonPin(b,false)) {
            if (getButtonPin(b,true))
              return 0;
          }
          else
          {
            longpress=false;
            break;
          }
        }
        if (longpress && ((b_mode[0]==looper)||(b_mode[1]==looper)))
          return b+3;
        else
          return b+1;
      }
    }
  }
}

int getButtonPin(int btn, boolean opposite) {
  if (opposite) { if (btn==1) btn=0; else btn=1; }
  return digitalRead(b_pins[btn]);
}

void buttonClear() {
  //waits for all buttons to be cleared
  while(digitalRead(8) || digitalRead(9)) { }
  delay(10);
}
 
//MIDI COMMANDS
void patch(int instrument) {   
  Serial.print(0xC0, BYTE);
  Serial.print(instrument, BYTE);
}

void controller(int controller, int value) {
  Serial.print(0xB0, BYTE);
  Serial.print(controller, BYTE);
  Serial.print(value, BYTE);
}

void noteOn(int key) {
  Serial.print(0x90, BYTE);
  Serial.print(key, BYTE);
  Serial.print(0x7F, BYTE);
}

void noteOff(int key) {
  Serial.print(0x90, BYTE);
  Serial.print(key, BYTE);
  Serial.print(0x00, BYTE);
}
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markcm
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Re: Homemade MIDI controller Success!

Postby markcm » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:44 pm

Very kool. Nice work, please keep the info coming as you progress.

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Re: Homemade MIDI controller Success!

Postby j_fury68 » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:23 pm

hey, just came across this in my search for sanpera supplement. Have you had any further success. I am thinking about giving it a try.
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Re: Homemade MIDI controller Success!

Postby nullvalue » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:05 pm

Hey everyone! just coming back here to post the finished results with the enclosure, etc. I actually finished this a while ago, just hadn't made it back here. So the finished product does most of what I wanted.. Is user-programmable, powered through the midi cable, can control presets, volume, or any other parameter with 2 buttons.

I've updated the original post with the most recent arduino source code.

The giant pushbuttons came from here - they are designed for arcade machines so they're very durable.
http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-st ... ton/1.html
and the LCD:
https://www.allelectronics.com/index.ph ... d=LCD-8216

I made the enclosure out of wood and painted it with a textured black spray paint to give it a little grip.
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my son's rig
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completed enclosure
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closeup of the LCD screen
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MIDI connector port mounted on the side
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Re: Homemade MIDI controller Success!

Postby Tony_Lopez » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:24 pm

Hey Null,

This is actually very cool. I'm not sure anyone else has really picked up on the potential here to create a good functional pedalboard for the vypyr's based off your efforts here.

Can you share any more information on construction or programming? etc. If others here (myself included) wanted to walk in your footsteps here, where should we start?

It looks like you have a midi PCB going there as well, where was this purchased etc? What is the full parts list and software needed to get this going?

Thanks for anything you can help with and share, and for what you have shared already.


Tony


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