Here's my take at adapting a USB joystick (purchased second hand, $20
for a pair) as a "controller" for my guitar. I actually performed
with that thing. The thumb sticks were replaced by photocells so that
by waving my hand in front (and changing the intensity of light
reaching the components) I could control some continuous parameters.
The buttons of the pad were mapped to various things, depending on the
It was all hooked up to pd in which most of the audio processing took
place except for some presents where the buttons controlled a
sooperlooper instance via OSC.
I have now decided to give up the USB joystick on that instrument and
try to figure something out with the wiimote which is a lot of fun to
play with. The other usual contender is an iPod Touch/iPhone even if
mostly used in connection with OSC.
Have fun digging, there are a lot of fun projects around.
On Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 1:36 PM, Carlos Sanchiavedraz