This is a demo of the Stray Technologies oneString open source ribbon controller. It’s a ribbon controller that will be available both as a DIY kit and as a completed unit.
Developer Wil Lindsay describes the oneString as an ‘electronic folk-instrument’.
- The oneString controller is an affordable, easy to construct open-source USB MIDI ribbon controller for musicians looking for a new means of expression.
- USB Powered, allowing for only one cable.
- Uses a standard MIDI signal over USB, allowing compatibility with almost all music software packages. (ANYTHING that takes keyboard input: Reason, reNoise, Energy XT, Ableton, FL Studio, Max-MSP, PureData)
- Uses free and open-source drivers to allow the most economical cross-platform (WIN, OSX, LINUX) solution.
- Uses a minimum of parts, making it cheap and allowing for simple build instruction that even a beginner builder can finish in a day.
- Body construction based on simple parts, allowing for everyone to easily make cool unique instruments without a wood-shop or plastics prototyping shop at their disposal.
- Uses Arduino firmware allowing for augmentation and support from the open-source community.
Lindsay is funding oneString as a KickStarter project. PCBs will be available starting at $20, basic DIY kits $45, full kits for $100 and complete ribbon controllers for $150. See the site for details.