User Experience Design
MidiBricks – A modular Midi Interface.
Midi controllers are general purpose inputs unable of adapting their physical interface to the users.
Musicians who produce music digitally
A customizable modular midi controller toolkit is provided. It adapts to the habits of musicians and doesn't require previous knowledge.
Cultural Probes and interviews to find out what people think they need.
People were observed to find out what they actually do and get the only observable knowledge.
Fast prototyping and regular user testing defined and shaped the solution from iteration to iteration.
The midiBricks consist of a master module which is equipped with a USB connector. It can simply be connected to the computer and will be recognized as a MIDI controller.
The master module itself provides several headphone jack connectors. The position of the connector defines its function. There are six connectors for controllers, two groups for notes and velocities and two for the MIDI clock.
Every module can be connected to every connector of the master module. They are hot pluggable.
This module provides the basic functionality and the connectors to connect the other modules.
Attach crocodile cables to the module and draw some tunes. It reacts to resistances, for example the line of a pencil.
The potentiometer is a knob which you can use to control effects for example.
This module is a pressure sensitive component. Attached to a note connection, you can play a tone leader by pushing it from soft to hard.
This module is changing its parameter depending on the velocity or position.
This module is made for everybody who wants to create her/his own extension to the midiBricks.
This module provides an air pressure sensor reacting to pressure changes.
This module is equipped with a simple button.
This module can create vibrations. This is for example very useful for the midi clock signal.