Modification of LED guitar"SHIGURE 時雨”

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During June-July, I have tried to make new gadget.


This time ,my goal was to control mpc1000(sampler) from my guitar.


Before the modification, my guitar could control Kaoss pad sound effect

and only 1 parameter of MPC such as skipping "next SEQ"


The first of modification was making a small midi controller

which controls every parameter of MPC1000.


I want to concentrate to play music,not tweaking knobs of machine,

and also want to get my system smaller and simpler.


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This controller has 16 knobs which can control CC(volume of each 12tracks and 4 effect parameter)

and 1 BPM knob.

I used Arduino NANO (small computer) to control midi signals and to send a clock pulse of BPM.


I am not so good at doing programming, but I had to learn about it so fast,

and had to understand how it works.


Fortunately, I could find a good book to study Arduino programming and

also found a nice "library"(this is the term of Arduino programming ,it makes programming easier)


Next step was to think about how to connect the controller and the guitar.



I cut a aluminum panel and drilled the left top side of the guitar.

Both work were a bit hard because surely the metal plate was hard.

Just saying "Cut" is easy ,but it is not easy to cut the aluminum panel straight ,

I used a normal cutter knife first,but changed it P cutter knife ,it is used for cutting a acrylic panel.

Well this step needs your patience to take a long time to cut ,doing same thing.


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Finally, I could make excellent small midi controller and attached to LED guitar.

I like the digital BPM display, it makes me imagine the digital panels of "DeLorean"in the famous movie

" Back to the future".


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