WARNING: extreme noobness below
I want to make an old keyboard i have play by itself. It doesn’t have midi or CV, so the only way i can use it is actually play it. I really suck at playing. So, instead of going for a special kit that costs ~250 euros to add midi to it, i thought that maybe it would be cheaper / more fun to but actuators under the keys.
The keyboard is a very simple one, it has no velocity sensitivity (so it’s either note on or off) and the keys work as simple switches. I don’t want the keys to actually move, i can remove them altogether, i just want to be able to control the synth with a sequencer. I have no idea about actuator specs, but here are some of the specs i (don’t) need:
- no need for lots of power: i just want it to close a switch
- no need for big range: even 3mm would be ok
- small size: anything less than 7cm
- a response time smaller than ~20ms
- price: somewhere in the $1 range
when i googled to find actuator models, they all seemed to outperform the above specs and of course were more expensive than what i’m looking for.
thanks in advance.