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Introduction to Making MIDI Devices with Arduino at MadFabLab

Saturday 8th September, 1:00pm—5:00pm. £40

Learn how to create your own midi controllers using Arduino on this half-day workshop!

The Arduino project has brought open source electronics to the masses, aided by its low price and simplicity. If you’d like to get into using Arduino to create musical instruments, this is the course for you!

Chris Ball (Arduino wonderkid) has used Arduino extensively to create MIDI faders, laser harps, a variety of theremins, and other bespoke devices.

Who is this course for?

This course is for a beginner to Arduino, but a little programming experience or experience using music software with MIDI functionality (Ableton, Cubase, Logic, MuLab, Reaper, etc.) will be a big help.

What you’ll learn

  • Writing and running a simple program
  • Intro to the MIDI protocol
  • Sending MIDI data from Arduino
  • Introduction to a few simple electronic components, and how to use them with Arduino
  • Creating a MIDI trigger (button)
  • Creating a MIDI theremin (sensor)

Equipment you’ll need

You’ll need a laptop with Arduino Environment installed and music software with MIDI functionality. If you haven’t got any music software, we recommend these free options: MuLab, Ableton Live Lite, Cockos Reaper. We are able to provide laptops where necessary.

About MadFabLab

MadFabLab is an open-access workshop for Manchester’s hackers, makers, and tinkerers – whether actively curious, seasoned anti-disciplinarian, or any/all points in between – providing shared tools and space to create amazing new things, play and experiment with new technology, and meet and collaborate


Where is the MadFabLab?

MadFabLab is at PLANT NOMA. On arrival, just ask at the front desk if you need help finding it.

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

PLANT and the MadFabLab have full accessibility. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the space.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport. See below for all your options.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus

The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train

MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from Manchester Piccadilly station and across the road from Manchester Victoria train station.

By air

From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car

If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Within a minutes walk of the building there is also Miller Street Car Park and Total Car Parks LTD.

By bike

We are currently looking into installing secure bike parking.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us on

What’s the refund policy?

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy here.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

  • Via Eventbrite
  • Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 07894278487 or emailing
  • Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to 3 Corkland Road, Manchester, M21 8UP

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy here.

Chris Ball has worked on projects from small musical instruments to large scale interactive sculptures. He has a degree in Audio Technology, and specialises in sound and light. He has several years experience working with Arduino and associated electronics.

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