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LinnStrument Control Turns 3D Music Controller Into QWERTY Keyboard!
Rounik Sethi on Mon, June 13th | 0 comments
Geert Bevin, who created the firmware for Roger Linn’s LinnStrument - a music controller with 3D note expression, has figured out how to save desk space and make LinnStrument a QWERTY keyboard too.

This cool tool by Geert Bevin gives you QWERTY-style control of your computer from the instrument and uses an on-screen computer keyboard display to help. Now, while this isn’t going to be first choice for speed-typists, it’s a great idea for those of us who would rather fill our desks with music machines but still need to control our DAWs or other music software.

Here’s what Geert Bevin has to say about LinnStrument Control:

LinnStrument Control is a desktop tool that allows LinnStrument to control your computer. It requires LinnStrument firmware 1.2.5 or later. You can download it here: https://github.com/gbevin/linnstrument-control/releases

LinnStrument Control on screen
LinnStrument Control on LinnStrument

As soon as LinnStrument is set to OS Update mode, LinnStrument Control detects its presence and takes control over it. Currently it shows a typing keyboard through colored regions and allows you to type on the LinnStrument without requiring a separate keyboard. Pressing any control button on the left will exit control mode and go back to MIDI.

Here’s a video of an early prototype:

This tool is very much geared to my personal usage and only works on MacOSX though it should be easy to port to Windows. The keyboard layout is a US QWERTY keyboard that is hardcoded in the sources. If there’s enough interest, other layouts can be added later.

LinnStrument Control is open-source and the repository is available on GitHub:

https://github.com/gbevin/linnstrument-control

Web: http://expressiveness.org/2016/06/12/linnstrument-control-initial-release

 

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