The BlipBox is a new open hardware MIDI/OSC controller that can be used as a creative tool and music instrument, a large high-resolution X/Y touch controller and an 8×10 LED matrix.
- The unit can be used together with a computer when in USB mode
- In USB mode you can power the unit direcly via USB, so you don´t need an external power supply.
- You can use it as a standalone MIDI controller, due to its separate MIDI output.
- It can be used as a touchscreen Monome emulator
- It’s an open source product so you can hack it, re-program or abuse it… whatever suits your needs.
It’s available now for £165 or as a kit for £90.
The BlipBox can be a MIDI as well as a OSC controller. Besides applications as high resolution two-dimensional X/Y controller with visucal feedback by the LED matrix further functions are possible when used together with the free BlipZones editing software.
This software edits the BlipBox´ parameters and lets you do most things you would expect: configure zones, save and load to file, upload and download to the BlipBox. With the BlipZones you can split the BlipBox into eight independent zones – each of them can act as a button (momentary / toggle) or as a fader (horizontal / vertical). Each zone can send almost every type of MIDI message: Control Change, Note on/off, NRPN, Pitch Bend, Aftertouch, Channel Pressure.
On the other hand the BlipZones makes it possible to use the box directly as a MIDI controller for your computer, without the need for an external MIDI interface. Additionally there´s a BlipBox emulator available on your computer´s screen for direct control of your DAW. The emulator can be synchronized to the BlipBox.
- USB socket (type B)
- MIDI output
- input for external power supply (9V DC, 140mA, 2.5mm pin diameter, positive tip)