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  • Advice sought with DIY midi pedals

    Not sure where this should go so if a moderator needs to move it that is fine.

    I am looking at 'midifying' a set of pedals taken out of a Hammond L-122 organ so not only can I use them with my virtual pipe organ set up, but also use them with a Moog and Taurus emulator when playing live as my hands are tied up playing guitar and my mouth is tied up singing. Anyway my question is the following:

    1) Has anyone had experience with the Basyn midi adapter for one octave bass pedals? (not sure if external links are allowed here but here is what I am looking at: http://www.basyn.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=5 This item is like a dream come true as far as it is a no brainier wiring up with little to no soldering required (I do have arthritis issues so soldering wires to little fine dots on a circuit board for me is just not happening), and the price is ideal. I guess what makes me a little cautious of this product is I have tried contacting the owner of this company via email and via his listing on e-bay with no response. ... This makes some alarm bells go off as to what will happen if I need customer support after receiving the product or if I even receive it at all.

    2) If people don't recommend this product due to quality or customer service support can anyone recommend a similar product that will do the same thing? I only need octave and have seen something made by 'Aduino' but prefer not to go this route as the board needs to be programmed, soldered etc ... I did find one product called Cygnus Midi adapter in the forums over at 'TalkBass', but it seems the company behind this product no longer exists.

    Anyway any help would be greatly appreciated.


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    MIDI Gadgets Boutique have a range of MIDI Encoders.

    The MPC32 will encode 32 pedals (you would only use the first 13 connections). The link to the product info is here: http://midiboutique.com/MIDI-Encoders/mpc32mq
    By default, it will do what you want; plus it is capable of being configured and can encode other switches (e.g. for Program Changes etc) and also can encode Control Changes for Expression/volume pedals, mod wheels , sustain pedals etc

    You can couple it with a breakout adapter and a ribbon cable so that you can use the solderless screw terminal connectors: http://midiboutique.com/accessories/bo34

    MGB are a reliable company.
    My MIDI controlled, module and software driven virtual 'organ' thread is here: http://www.organforum.com/forums/sho...l=1#post427320