I only stumbled across this when I read about someone raving about it on synthtopia, saying that it was the best midi controller. He is not wrong. This is just great at what it does. I use it to trigger two ipad sequencers and my old midi hardware. I even use it with my Mac DAW. everything just works perfectly. Having so much fun using this.
My Arpie arrived quickly with good communication from the seller. Instructions were easy to follow and everything worked first time. I had a little trouble working out how to get the external sync going, but got it all working once I RTFM.
The Arpie is a nifty little box that does what it says it does and is very much worth the cheap price plus a 1-2 hours to put it together. I really enjoyed building this and am looking forward to many nights of arpeggiated fun!
One wishlist item for future revisions: I know the Arpie is explicitly monophonic, but if there aren't hardware limitations it would be good to see a future revision with polyphonic chord playback (called "trigger" mode on my microKorgXL) where the input notes are played back all at once, according to the defined pattern.
MidiSplit is extremely easy to assemble product and works as it should, a great little simple gear.
Shipped in a tiny, sturdy box with all the parts inside secured correctly.
Instructions are clear and easy to follow. I am an experienced solderer but I believe people with no experience with soldering can easily complete the task with a little care and research before starting the assembly. All you need to do is read the instructions twice.
Board is pretty and sockets are in good quality. If you can solder the sockets correctly, they won't budge at all when you plug/unplug.
Round board design and layout is very cute but not that practical in use; when you start adding cables it becomes hard to route the cable neatly and also it starts to take too much space.. BUT!..
...it is so darn cute that you won't even be bothered with it. It looks like something you got to eat! Midi cookie! :D
I already got my eye on the Arpeggio from the same builder, I might pull the trigger for that soon.. :)
I've always been interested in different ways of controlling my synths and when I saw Le Strum I knew I wanted one. Not having any soldering experience I bought a soldering kit and taught myself to solder. After doing a few practice kits I started on Le Strum.
By following the excellent and easy to follow instructions I was able to complete Le Strum without too much difficulty (although I did forget the Mode button and had to unsolder and resolver the battery holder to get it on). Powered up, Le strum is a lot of fun to play and gives you different ways of playing your synths and other musical devices.
I bought the PCB + PIC as I was so impressed by Le Strum and how others have modded it, I've decided to build my own Le Strum guitar (similar to the Guitarp). For the price and with next day delivery you can't go wrong. So wether it's the PCB + PIC or the full kit I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in it or just interested in controlling your gear in different ways. It's an awesome bit of kit and a lot of fun to build and play!