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Is it possible to make one's own USB gear?
Old 29th December 2010
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Is it possible to make one's own USB gear?

Anyone with basic electronics and soldering skills can make pedal clones etc but how hard is it to make a basic USB product? I have this idea I'm toying with. I'm thinking something really simple like a metal box with a couple of buttons and a USB1.1 connection so I could set the box up to perform certain actions on my computer. Preferably without drivers.

Is it even possible to make something like that yourself... without serious R&D and a big budget?
Old 29th December 2010
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You can build anything you want as long as you have the know how what your thinking may prove extremely difficult and time consuming and would require drivers. Also I don't know why I'm answering this because I know very little about usb technology
Old 29th December 2010
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Yeah, I guess so, I was just curious because USB is data-related so that might be a whole different playing field. Regular clones and stuff is no problem, like I said. As far as I know, USB1.1 is so widely supported that it should be possible to use products without drivers but I might be wrong. I'd be interested in making it a MIDI too btw, that would work just as well.
Old 29th December 2010
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As an example Snyderphonics Instruments - products

It is seen as a hid device in windows and works with a maxmsp objekt.I dont know how many people besides jeff were involved and no idea about costs of development but its doable.No idea if its usb 2 or 1.1.
Old 29th December 2010
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Interesting, seems to be at least doable then.
Old 29th December 2010
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several of the major microprocessor companies offer canned solutions for basic USB firmware but you still need to be able to do something with the micro.

Old 30th December 2010
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Can't you just cannibalise a cheap USB keyboard? Figure out the matrix and you can connect 103(?) different switches to do whatever you like!
Old 30th December 2010
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Hale Microsystems Products

Something like that would be a good place to start, I do confess its a while since I read anything on it.

class compliant, and you can apparently attach pots/buttons straight to it.

I did see a project somewhere on the net, doing just that. sorry can't remember where though.
Old 30th December 2010
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You should try Arduino.

It's a very easy to program platform, based on an Atmel processor.
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