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MIDI Control
Keith McMillen presents a revolutionary range of USB/MIDI controllers. VMeter is a USB MIDI touch strip that provides musical control for DJs and other laptop musicians. You Rock Guitar is both a game and MIDI controller. Misa Digital Guitar is a very different type of MIDI controller still in development. CME present the VX series MIDI controllers with motor faders.


MIDI Controllers

  • Artisan Organs
  • Micro-Midi System adds MIDI capability to electronic and pipe organs.
  • Audiocubes
  • Colored cubes that can be used to trigger MIDI events. See MarkMosherMusic for performances using Audiocubes. Here is First Orbit. Also checkout Audiocubes Improvisor.
  • Axon
  • Midi guitar & bass control systems from Axon.
  • Belltron
  • Specialist in cast bells including sound modules and MIDI control.
  • Behringer
  • High reputation for pro audio processing equipment. The BCF2000 provides rotary knob and slider MIDI control for audio software control or keyboard organ drawbars. See SoundTower.com for a Behringer SP1000 Windows editor. Product line now includes amps with VIRTUBE technology for modeled amplifier sound plus digital effects. Also see Harmony Central's Behringer User Reviews. There is a Yahoo BC-2000 Group for users of the Behringer MIDI control surfaces.
  • Buchla Thunder Group
  • Yahoo Group for users of the Buchla Thunder MIDI controller.
  • Chapman Stick
  • The Stick is a unique two handed tapping instrument that is available with MIDI controller. Often used by bass players but not limited to bass.
  • CME
  • Produce a range of MIDI controllers including the new VX series motorized faders for DAW control.
  • Contium Fingerboard
  • A MIDI controller without discrete pitches like a fretless instrument. Commercial availability unknown.
  • Chordboard CX10 Page
  • A different Midi controller
  • DIY Midi Controllers
  • DIY MIDI controllers using PIC microcontrollers and Basic Stamps.
  • Drehbank
  • MIDI control box featuring 64 rotary potentiometers, all programmable.
  • Einar
  • Manufacters of weighted keyboard controllers as well as a variety of alternate midi control devices.
  • Encore Electronics
  • See the Encore Knobby which has 8 hires knobs that can be used with the Knobby's 15 banks of controller assignments for a total of 120 virtual knobs.
  • Fatar
  • Well known manufacturer of a wide range of midi keyboard controllers, ranging from unweighted to full weighted keyboards.
  • Ghost Modular Pickup System
  • Convert your guitar into a MIDI controller.
  • GMedia Phat-Boy
  • Distributed by Keyfax in the US. Phat-Boy is a Midi performance controllers. Use knobs to actually control software applications such as soft synths. See Sound-On-Sound's review.
  • Godin Midi Guitars
  • Make guitars that are compatible with Roland GR series guitar synths.
  • H-Pi Instruments
  • Make stand alone MIDI controllers.
  • Highly Liquid
  • Create your own MIDI controller.
  • IBVA
  • Allows you to use brainwaves to control MIDI devices.
  • I-Cube
  • I-Cube is a midi control system with a wide variety of controller input devices available including light beams, electromagnetic fields, tap tile, conventional knobs and more.
  • iGuitar
  • Brian Moore Guitars presents quality guitars with a built in 13 pin RMC connector for connecting to compatible devices such as Roland modules.
  • Infinite Response
  • Make the VAX-77 a foldable weighted 76 key MIDI controller.
  • J.L. Cooper
  • Offer a complete line of mixing console automation systems, synchronizers, MIDI and computer peripherals for the professional audio, video and multimedia markets.
  • KAT Drum Controllers
  • Links to KAT controller resources.
  • Kenton Electronics - Control Freak
  • Control Freak is a fully programmable midi control panel. Kenton are specialists in midi solutions including Midi to CV converters. See the Control-Freak Group.
  • Knobby
  • EncoreElectronics presents Knobby, and make claim to being Designers of "The best MIDI to CV converter on the planet." Win a free knobby in the current competition being run.
  • Lighning II
  • Don Buchla's Lightning II is a specialized MIDI controller that senses the position and movement of handheld wands and transforms this information to MIDI signals for expressive control of electronic musical instrumentation. Also contains a 32 voice multitimbral synth engine as well !!
  • Logiq
  • Logiq make MIDI controlled lighting dimmers, MIDI-CV devices plus other MIDI solutions.
  • M-Audio
  • Make serial and MIDI interfaces as well as USB keyboard controllers.
  • Marimba Lumina
  • Don Buchla's Marimba Lumina is a MIDI mallet instrument that provides feedback using light zones on the playing surface.
  • MIDI 9
  • Turn any non midi keyboard into a midi controller. Control your MIDI setup from your acoustic piano. There is a flash presentation showing a scanner strip being added to a Fender Rhodes piano. Current endorsees include Wendy Carlos, Chick Corea, and Bruce Hornsby.
  • MIDIcreator
  • MIDIcreator turns movements and gestures into MIDI sequences. User configurable sound schemes are stored on smart cards. Swapping the card changes the scheme.
  • MIDI Hardware Kits
  • Offer a number of MIDI controller and processing kits to build.
  • MIDI Solutions Inc
  • MIDI solutions make cool MIDI processing devices and control hardware. Also see John Fast for custom MIDI solutions.
  • Master Production
  • Make a chromatic MIDI controller with buttons like an accordian.
  • Maximum MIDI DIY Projects
  • MIDI DIY projects including converting a volume pedal to MIDI controller footpedal and Casio SK-1 MIDI mod. Presented by the Maximum Midi C++ Toolkit web site.
  • MIDIBox
  • Great DIY MIDI controller site with lots of good info and DIY projects.
  • mididexterous
  • mididexterous is glove musical control.
  • midiGun
  • midiGun provides pistol grip control.
  • MIDI Microcontroller Kick Pedal
  • Electronic project to turn a kick drum pedal into a midi controller.
  • Midi Mouse
  • Midi footswitch controller to select up to 128 midi patches from Tech 21
  • Minimusic.com
  • MIDI control and sequencing software for Palm OS devices, iPod Touch, and iPhone.
  • Mixed Logic
  • Makers of the M24 24 channel remote control surface for digital audio control. Features motorized faders and 3 MIDI in and out ports.
  • Moog MP-201 Multi Pedal
  • The Multi-Pedal is a programmable four channel CV/MIDI foot pedal controller. It has four analog control outputs, MIDI In & Out and USB connectivity (MIDI over USB). It can transmit controller information on up to 4 MIDI channels and CV outputs simultaneously.
  • mTroll
  • Windows based MIDI controller for standalone use or for interfacing with DIY external hardware.
  • Music Magic 2000 Accordion Kit
  • Offer a MIDI kit to allow your piano accordion to output MIDI data.
  • Musictech
  • Italian company that make a chromatic master keyboard that uses buttons similar to an accordian.
  • Optimusic
  • MIDI control instrument using a light beam interface.
  • Patchman
  • Patchman Music who are well known and respected for their synth sound design products are also offering the Morrison Digital Trumpet controller. Also check the MIDI EVI and the TURBO VL Upgrade Chip for the Yamaha VL70-m physical modeling sound module.
  • Peavey Midi Controllers
  • Keyboard & non keyboard controllers from Peavey, including the PC1600x midi fader/switch/jog wheel controller board with upgraded sysex control capabilities.
  • QRS Piano Automation
  • QRS make MIDI retrofits to automate acoustic pianos.
  • Quickshot
  • Quickshot's products include a very inexpensive MIDI keyboard that PC users can connect to their PC to use in conjunction with their existing soundcard.
  • Re-Turn
  • Archived website of a DIY MIDI controller project.
  • Roland
  • Make many synths and MIDI controllers including electronic keyboards and drums.
  • Roman Sowa Midi Retrofits
  • Source of electronic modules for musical instruments.
  • Samchillian
  • A keyboard MIDI controller based on changes of pitch, rather than fixed pitches to enable the performance of extremely quick, rhapsodical lines.
  • Sensor Chair
  • A custom built chair used in performance by magic act Penn & Teller. It is based on a transmitter and multiple antenna system used to trigger MIDI events.
  • Solo Performer Show Controller
  • Mac & Windows Show Control system from Alien Apparatus for DMX512 lights.
  • Sonalog GypsyMIDI
  • Motion capture MIDI controller. Software allows control of how MIDI data is output from the motion capture suit.
  • Sonic Palette
  • The Sonic Palette is a hardware music performance interface for electronic instruments and computers. It is a musical instrument, or, more precisely, a MIDI controller.
  • Soundbeam
  • Precise control of synths or any midi device using ultrasonics to detect even the blink of an eye. Distance perception as well.
  • Stage Research
  • Theater control Windows software for all audio triggers & events. Cue lists etc.
  • Starr Labs
  • Starr are well known for the Ztar range of high end guitar controllers. Also available are percussion controllers and microtonal keyboards.
  • STEIM Sensorlab
  • A small, general purpose, analog to Midi interface for the prototyping of musical instruments and interactive control systems. Controlled by their own SPIDER interpreter on a Mac.
  • Synthophone
  • Synthophone is an actual alto sax that has been "hot-rodded" with electronics to send MIDI data to synthesizers and computers. Erik Klein at RoboSax.com also provides related info and links.
  • SynthAxe Page
  • A page that documents a rare & historical guitarlike synth controller. Presented by John's Obsessions Gtrsynth has a SynthAxe picture and info in Spanish.
  • Talber Tronics
  • Provides design documents for a number of MIDI control projects including MIDI Triggers, MIDI Horn and MIDI Trumpet.
  • ToneLadder
  • ToneLadder is a step ladder shaped MIDI controller. Pictures and movies of ToneLadder in performance are available.
  • Wave-Idea
  • Wave Idea provides MIDI&Audio solutions : Bit Stream PRO Ultimate Midi controller (32 Knobs - 8 Sliders - 8 Switches - Integrated LFO - Merger) DIY solution also available.
  • Yamaha
  • Yamaha make synths and keyboard, drum and wind MIDI controllers.
  • Zendrum
  • MIDI drums redefined in a unique electronic controller.
  • Zeta
  • Zeta make a range of electric violins which are also available with MIDI capability when used in conjunction with a Zeta Synthony MIDI controller.


    MIDI Control Software

  • Arkaos Visual Sampler
  • Control triggering of visual events on your Mac using a midi keyboard, Soon for Win95/NT.
  • Big Eye
  • Big Eye is software for the Mac that converts video images to MIDI data. Supports all QuickTime compatible video digitizers.
  • Conductor Program
  • Stephen Malinowski at Music Animation Machine presents the concepts behind computer-mediated musical performance. His freeware software implementation of the Conductor Program, Tapper for Windows and MacOS, is also available.
  • Digital Ear
  • Windows Pitch->MIDI processor that converts solo performances plus adds high resolution MIDI performance data to provide enhanced expression such as vibrato, portamento etc.
  • f.ctrl
  • Free Windows software that allows you to control MIDI messages with your keyboard and mouse.
  • MIDIGrid
  • MIDIGrid is Windows software distributed by ESP that provides MIDI playback using any MIDI controllers or your mouse or trackerball.
  • MIDsensor
  • Mac software to allow gesture MIDI control using sensors.
  • MIDITranslator
  • Bome's MIDITranslator is Win9x software that analyses and translates incoming MIDI data according to user definitions. It can be used between MIDI programs or devices. Also see SendSX for receving & transmitting sysex messages.
  • Spongefork
  • A wavetable synth created with an intent to create a self-contained software instrument capable of responding to gestural control. It is an instrument designed for live performance. Because of this, all sound is triggered from either the mouse or keyboard requiring no other gear.
  • Style Enhancer
  • Win95 performance modelling software to style enhance your midi compositions. Demo software & sample midifiles available for download.
  • Virtual Fader Master
  • MIDI control software for Windows XP providing 8 faders and an XY grid that can be programmed to transmit user defined MIDI messages.
  • Virtual Midi Sliders
  • Virtual Mixer is a Freeware configurable midi mixer for Win95 that allows you to set up faders & knobs to control any MIDI synth functions. Presented by Midi Web. Also see Virtual Keyboard, and send controller messages, program changes etc. from your mouse & keyboard.


    MIDI Control Related Sites

  • Alternate MIDI Controller Links
  • Links to info on a variety of non keyboard MIDI controllers.
  • EVI Page
  • Rolando's home page for the Akai EVI with audio samples. An experienced user of this unique instrument.
  • Digital Guitar Mailing List
  • A forum for the discussion of music technology for guitars and other stringed instruments such as bass, violin, and Chapman Stick. Such technology includes MIDI controllers, guitar synthesizers, and effects processors.
  • Experimental Musical Instruments
  • If you have an interest in musical instruments with an emphasis on the out-of-the-ordinary, this is the place.
  • HitSquad
  • Provide links to MIDI control software for Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • MIDIGuitar.net
  • MIDI guitar info including FAQs.
  • MIDI Guitar Homepage
  • The 'Unofficial' site devoted to MIDI guitar. Also see this guitar synth page for a sample of the Casio DG-20.
  • MIDI Guitar Yahoo Group
  • The Yahoo Group for MIDI guitar discussion.
  • MIDIGuitar Mailing List
  • Mailing list / discussion at Yahoo for all related to MIDI guitars.
  • MIDI-to-Anything
  • Cataloging MIDI-to-anything "MIDI-in" interfaces, used to MIDIfy custom Nickelodeons, Orchestrions, and all sorts of mechanical musical instruments, new and antique.
  • Seaboard 49
  • 49 key MIDI controller to control MIDI wirelessly over Bluetooth.
  • Stoffel's Home
  • List a variety of pedals, keyboards and alternate controllers grouped by type.
  • Troika Ranch
  • A dance group using sensors and MIDI as an integral part of their performance.
  • Troubador Tech
  • "Tools and Tips for the One-Person Band" including info on MIDI guitars, pedal keyboards MIDI keyboard controller pedals.
  • Wind Controllers FAQ
  • Good info for midi wind controllers. Includes how you can upgrade an EWI to an EVI
  • Wind Controller FAQ At Patchman
  • Patchman Music also provide a FAQ for wind controllers. There is also an active Wind Controller Yahoo Group.
  • WindList
  • Instructions on how to subscribe to the WindList email list.
  • Windsynth.net
  • Home of the International Wind Synthesis Association with good info & links for a variety of wind controllers. Other related sites include Art's Wind Synth Page and the Wind Controller & Synth Research page.
  • Xylotron
  • Bob Lang's Xylotron page shows you how to build a low cost MIDI controlled acoustic instrument.
  • Zendrum
  • MIDI drums redefined in a unique electronic controller. You can read the Harmony-Central Review of the Zendrum. There is also a Battery Box Adapator available.


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