Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Nord "Mini" Modular project


The making of the midi controller continues. After Novation Xio now the target is Nord Micro Modular. In the early era of planning it seemed as a giant project. First I thought I would build a midi keyboard, a midi controller and a complete eeepc(for nord editor) into a big house. I've used the eeepc for a week but the 10 inch screen(1024*600 resolution) proved to be not enough. There is no room for many modules.

So I gave up on the eeecp idea. I figured  I don't even need the midi keyboard(there is one connected to daw). All I have left was the midi controller. So the whole thing stays small. There are 24 potmeters on a small front panel.( potmeters are in groups of six just like on the big Nord Modular)

The side panels:

Building of the casing:

The electronics remains the teensy board just like before, but this time with a native midi not USB.
The teensy/arduino midi library link is here:

First test circuit with 4 potmeters:

And the final version:


Finaly built in the house:

Nord Mini Modular :)

Few words about the Nord editor. Using the Nord Modular G1 "family" is not easy. For me these two version is  working well:

1. Old hardware, old os:
- Mac Powerbook G3, MacOS9, Roland/Edirol Um-1EX, 3.03 mac editor.

2. Modern hardware, virtualisation:
- Hackintosh, OSX Mavericks, Roland UM-ONE MkII, VMWare fusion with Windows XP, 3.03 win editor, (in win98 compatibility mode)

And finally two demos:


  1. Hi!
    I'm very interest in this project. I want to order a teensy 3.1 and then start the construction. I want to ask you if you can send to me the circuit, the components,all you use to do this project. I'm not a pro with electronic but I can manage to do something like this. I'm also owner of a micro modular and I want more knobs. Can you contact me? Here is my email:
    Cheers, and thank you for post this!!