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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype instrument interface that allows individuals with disabilities to learn and play music through any device they want to use as an input for a variety of digitized musical instruments. Dan Daily partnered with Kent Pfeifer to create the MidiWing that uses just about any USB controller as input and connects to any MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) device like a computer or digital instrument for output. Pfeifer assisted Daily in building a new prototype that uses an advanced, much more capable chip that allows an instrument to use a whole bunch of different types of interfaces with the ability to run off a mouse, joystick or other kind of device that can be configured to the abilities of somebody with a disability—from playing with one’s mouth, feet, or a single hand. Pfeifer also reprogrammed and modernized MidiWing with advanced microcontroller circuitry that made it smaller and more functional. MidiWing works with the synthesizer software in a computer and uses a USB cable to send a series of hex commands built around the MIDI standard. The software in the computer interprets those and turns them into sounds. MidiWing can calculate the many different frequencies or pitches that produce complex musical sounds from the position of the joystick or other input. The instrument simulates frequencies that are normally produced by the technique of the musician, for example, by the pressure of a player’s lips on a brass instrument. AUTHOR: Gene Ostrovsky. TITLE: MidiWing Turns Any Digital Controller Into Musical Instrument for Disabled. WEBSITE: medGadget. REF:


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