Mission Control – DIY USB Control Surfaces

Over the years I have always been interested in music. As an electrical engineer in training, my skills in electronics have progressed a lot more than my music skills in the last few years, however the interest for music has still been there. I found myself more and more interested in the production side of music. After a short stint playing with a Vestax VCI-100 in Traktor I purchased a Novation Launchpad for Ableton Live. This was the coolest purchase I had made in a while, but I found that the Launchpad in its own wasn’t enough.

I learnt to mix live sound on huge analogue desks, and virtual studio environments on the computer. Just being able to launch clips wasn’t enough, I needed to be able to mix them. While there is a large selection of control surfaces available out there, they all seemed to be too expensive for what you got, so I decided to make my own.

Mission Control is a project to create an expandable open-harware platform to create USB control surfaces for Ableton Live (or any other software for that matter) using atmega microcontrollers. I am still working on the software at the moment but here is a preview of my first prototype controller I am building at the moment, which is nearing hardware completion.