May 10, 2013

Light-sensitive MIDI controller with Arduino

 There's many ways to create music with a computer and the right software, however actual instruments can be expensive in some cases. However with an Arduino and a simple light sensor, you can make your own 'device of creativity'. By matching light levels with a range of notes the Arduino then transmits the data back to the PC with the audio software for playback. In the demonstration video below you can hear how the ambient light levels can be used to create a relaxing, smooth type of music:

Not bad at all - if you already have the computer side of things. To find out how it works, review the Arduino sketch from here. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

Looking for a light sensor? Although it can be tempting to use a light-dependent resistor, they're fragile and can give varying results. Instead - consider our LIGHT: light sensor module based around the digital TEMT6000 sensor. It gives consistent and reliable readings, and is incredibly easy to use with our Getting Started guide. For more information and to order, click here!

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