Musician and instructables member 'robtoole' was looking for an easier way to trigger audio samples from MIDI equipment during performances, and turned to the Arduino world for a solution. Using a simple digital input and output, he published a method that encloses the hardware in a foot-pedal, and can trigger any MIDI device. In this example, he has used an iPhone running Garage Band and a MIDI adaptor.
Quite an inexpensive way to solve the problem, and easy to recreate. So to get started, head over to the instructions here. And we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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Apart from being one of the smallest Arduino-compatibles on the market with USB, it also has an onboard RGB LED and piezo which can be used a knock sensor and various tune and sound effects. For more information and to order, click here.