DIY hardware, Musicians' Diary

Building a USB footswitch…

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Actally, updating / upgrading the home-made footswitch, that I made a couple of years ago… (see previous posts there and there…). I use this footswitch to control my looping software “Live” on stage, since my hands are generally busy with a stringed instrument ! I must say that as far as I know, this kind of USB hardware doesn’t exist !

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As I wanted to get a more reliable hardware, and also more compact so that I can fit in my suitcase… So I started from a cheap USB keyboard…


After finding the suitable combinations of connectors (i.e. keys, actually), let’s design the stuff with a nice and clear sketch…


Then time has come for soldering…


The tricky part, soldering on the keyboard core :


Yes, this is a hard work :))


And after many tests and controls, the final result :




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