Switches!!!!

Switches came. Tact switches for many purposes... The midibox Seq waits for some of them. The c-music axis clone, for most of them, and maybe a mini keyboard for one of the synths. Hey you could even make a guitar fretboard with them, they are just the right size.

















For making stuff with switches, midibox ruleZ!!!!
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5 comments:

Tachikoma said...

hi, where did you bougth them?, they look nice, how is the "feel" like?, like a ladtop keyboard maybe?

thanks for all man

Aris said...

Hi there,

i got the switches off ebay. There is a wide variety but there is an ebay-shop that sells solely switches. If you search for tact switches, it will be there. Be aware though that they come in different force ratings. These I used are the most "light to touch" ones. And they are still a bit stiff.

The sense they give is different from a laptop. They click and they don't move a lot, as a laptop key would do.

There is another kind of switch (again in this shop) that has a rubber bubble that you press to close the circuit. This is more like a keyboard but they don't come with caps. Look at them also (I can post you a photo if you like) to see if you can find a solution for capping them because these give much better feedback..

Aris

Aris said...

The ebay shop is:

http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Switches-World

Aris said...

The bulgy, rubber dome ones are like this.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FKX-120-Tact-Switch-1000-pieces_W0QQitemZ200285901378QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item200285901378&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1683%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

Do not be fooled by the closeup photo, these are quite small (around 6mm width)

Cheers.

Tachikoma said...

Thanks Aris, you had been so resourcefull, i was thinking in the harmonic table too when i found your blog looking for information, my hardware plataform is arduino (iduino clone more specific) and i was looking for this mechanical feel in the keys like the old ibm keyboard (jaja i know i'm a nostagic geek). I will do some test with pc on/off switches since they have this "feel" and for the caps probably this would help:
http://www.ponoko.com/

I will try to do some kind of blog or document so you can give me your opinion.

Thanks for all and a big hug for you and braska, you really help me ^^