Hey there... I recently purchased the OpenDeck DIY MIDI platform v3 and have been extremely impressed with its capabilities and ease of use. As an media technician, I first was looking for a reliable and flexible gpio board that would allow me to connect a wide variety of buttons, knobs, and sensors to control my software. My first plan was to write the software for the gpio to midi translation myself. But then I found this neat little killer timesaver product. The OpenDeck platform exceeded my expectations in every way.
One of the things I love most about the OpenDeck is that it is truly plug-and-play. I didn't have to install any software or drivers on my computer - all I had to do was connect the board to the OpenDeck website and start configuring it to my liking. The configuration process is refreshingly different from other MIDI or IO controllers I have used, and it was a breeze to get everything set up and working exactly the way I wanted it to.
In terms of performance, the OpenDeck has been rock solid so far. I have connected all sorts of buttons and knobs to it, and everything has worked instantly. The MIDI signals are consistently accurate and reliable.
Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the product and would highly recommend it to anyone in need of a flexible and easy-to-use MIDI platform. It has exceeded my expectations in every way, and I have no doubt that it will continue to be a valuable tool in my workflow.
I'm quite a beginner on programming but that isn't even needed. Just connect stuff to the right part of the board and there you go with your own midi stuff. I actually need more, hopefully they get back in stock some day .
Response from Shantea Controls | Oct. 19, 2022
Thanks for the great comment. The new boards are coming sometime before the end of the year - if everything goes right, probably by the end of the next month.
It's the pointy, finished and perfect board for all your DIY Midi. Shipping in France, easy to set up ( DIY) easy to connect, nice wiki on github for realy quick start with all information needed. (Probably need a litlle more exemple with complet BOM)
Jan. 6, 2021
OpenDeck is an incredible MIDI platform at a fair price
OpenDeck makes me excited for MIDI controllers like never before. This PCB and the accompanying configuration utility allow creating so many different types of controllers. Now DIYers like me can make homebrew MIDI controllers with an insane number of knobs, sliders, and buttons that rival manufacturers like FaderFox, AKAI, and Korg. It takes just a few MINUTES to get up and running with OpenDeck! The hardest part is building the physical controller (e.g. a custom metal or acrylic case). Everything else such as connecting the pots and buttons to configuring what they do is made super simple by OpenDeck. It's literally plug and PLAY!
As a VJ I've always used controllers that are designed for 'something else' - currently an Akai APC40 Mk 1, and while they're great, the opportunity to create a controlller that does exactly what I want with no tradeoffs using Opendeck looked like a great idea.
Ordered the Arduino Mega which arrived really quickly in secure packaging.
I've no background in electronics but the documentation is really clear even for a complete novice and I had a little test circuit on breadboard chucked together very quickly. The web interface for the Opendeck makes setting up the controls very simple and it's well designed too which is great.
I've made a 16 button, 16 potentiometer controller which works brilliantly and the ability to store preset configurations of midi controls on the board (which are stored in memory even when everything is disconnected) really extends the possibilities.
I got in touch with Igor about possible extensions for my next project and he was very quick to reply and even suggested design improvements for my next board.
All in all I wish all projects were as well run.