Tuesday, August 19, 2008

MIDI Soft / USB FTDI Hard with Arduino

For the Toriton upgrade, I decided to use a USB connection to the host computer, mainly because
this allows for both the Arduino and the lasers to be powered via the one connection as well as sending data.

In terms of software and protocol, though I am using MIDI (in terms of what the Arduino is sending to Max/MSP). Then, the serial object is connected to a midiout object to simulate a MIDI hardware interface. It works well in this situation (it has been running for three days without any issues).

If I had the time I probably would have made my own protocol and remade the entire Max/MSP patch, but as always... there's never enough time.