[sdiy] Keyboards good for scrap / repurposing?

Eric Brombaugh ebrombaugh1 at cox.net
Mon Feb 19 00:39:50 CET 2018


Aha - interesting! Wouldn't have suspected that they're fully functional 
MIDI controllers given the intended use, but it's right there in the 
online description if I'd bothered to read it. Derp.

Thanks for the tip - I'll be picking one up next time I spot one in good 
condition.

Eric

On 02/18/2018 04:22 PM, Pete Hartman wrote:
> 
> 
> On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 4:26 PM, Eric Brombaugh <ebrombaugh1 at cox.net 
> <mailto:ebrombaugh1 at cox.net>> wrote:
> 
>     I've wondered the same thing - our local Goodwill thrift stores
>     always have a bunch of those Rock Band video game keytar controllers
>     for super cheap (think under $5). These things:
> 
>     https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Band-Wireless-Keyboard-Xbox-360/dp/B003RS19N4?th=1
>     <https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Band-Wireless-Keyboard-Xbox-360/dp/B003RS19N4?th=1>
> 
>     They're 25 keys (2 octaves + 1) with additional buttons and controls
>     on the grip and while I know that they're wireless I suspect they
>     don't have a switch per key since that game doesn't require note
>     accuracy. Nevertheless, I'm curious if they could be retrofitted
>     with an actual key scanner.
> 
>     I suspect that in the long run it's better to just get a cheap $50
>     MIDI controller than to mess with this, but it's still something to
>     wonder about...
> 
> 
> I actually rather like these, just as MIDI controllers generally.
> 
> They have velocity sensitivity.
> 
> They have multiple octaves easily accessible.
> 
> And they're really portable.
> 
> Plug it into a standard MIDI2CV and you're good to go.
> 
> I haven't chopped one (yet) but I have one waiting for its time on the 
> slab :)



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