Atlanta high school student Max Justicz has announced a new DIY MIDI controller ‘brain’, the CHOMP, that looks awesome.
Basically, the CHOMP (Configurable Hardware Open-source MIDI Platform) is a cheap board you plug switches and pots into to create custom MIDI controllers.
- Completely open-source.
- Affordable ($50).
- Compatible with ANY MIDI configuration.
- 48 Inputs/Outputs!
- Made and assembled in the USA.
- Tiny, only 100mm x 60mm x 25mm
Here’s what Max Justicz has to say about the CHOMP:
The Chomp uses an ATMega328 running the Arduino bootloader to read up to 48 analog and digital signals and output a MIDI signal to do, well, anything! This device will aid tremendously in the construction of custom music projects.
Seriously, though, this thing is pretty sick. You program it just like an Arduino, plug buttons, knobs, and switches into any of the 48 inputs, and plug it into your computer, all with no extra drivers! There’s even support for new-fangled USB midi with the included adapter.
Actually, everything about this project looks awesome.
- First of all, ‘Max Justicz’ sounds like the name of the protagonist in a gritty graphic novel series. Awesome.
- Next, the Chomp itself not only looks cool, but seems to be thoughtfully designed, too. Justicz has created add-on boards to make attaching potentiometers and buttons a no-brainer. Awesome.
- Finally, Justicz put this together while he’s still in high school. Awesome.
Get the details on CHOMP at the project’s Kickstarter site. Then leave a comment and let us know what you think about the CHOMP!