Typewriter EDM Drum Machine

This is a remington portable typewriter, made in the 1920’s. I’ve attached a lot of wires, an arduino and plugged it in. It now makes cool noises.


Nices Geek-Projekt! Weiter unten gibt’s noch ein zweite Video was das Teil etwas eingängiger erklärt….

For real though, whenever a hammer contacts with the “live plate”, it will send a signal to the arduino. The arduino recognises which hammer has been pressed and fires a signal into my PC via the cable, and into Ableton. Ableton sees some MIDI information and understands that it needs to trigger that specific sound. This song is composed of 17 difference sounds, played live for you, right here, right now. This typewriter is actually just a small part of a much bigger project, so there’s still a lot more to come!

I Turned a 1920's Typewriter into a MIDI Controller

The reaction on this mini project has been incredible – i’m surprised we hit the 100+ likes mark so quickly! As promised, here is the Ableton project file for you to play with! It’s super simple and you can play this on any MIDI controller with buttons/keys on it. Rearrange the samples to fit your hands better, make a remix, perform a cover, build that thing you thought of a few years ago. There’s a midi helper file inside the project with everything you need to know if you get stuck :)

[How To Play] 1920's Typewriter EDM MIDI Controller


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