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Piano LED Visualizer

contributions welcome

Everything Is AWESOME

What you need:

  • Piano with MIDI or USB output
  • MIDI to USB interface (if your piano doesn't have USB output) (example)
  • Raspberry Pi Zero
  • WS2812B LED Strip (at least 1.5m with 144 diodes/meter) (example)
  • Power Supply (5V 6A is enough to light 172 LEDs @50% power) (example)
  • Waveshare LCD TFT 1,44'' 128x128px (example)
  • Some wires

Not required but worth to have to make everything look neat:

  • Custom 3d printed case (I attached STL file with modified 3d model, there is additional space and holes for power socket and wires, here is original model)
  • DC 5.5x2.5mm socket with quick connection (example)
  • Braid for cables
  • Heat shrink bands
  • Aluminium LED Profile with diffuser (highly recommend to search for right one in local shops)
  • Double side tape to mount everything on piano
  • Windows 10 laptop/tablet with bluetooth to run Synthesia

Total cost (excluding piano and tablet) should be 75-100 USD

Connecting LED Strip to Raspberry Pi

There is no point to reinvent the wheel again, here is a nice tutorial

Setting Raspberry Pi as Bluetooth MIDI host

Same as above, here is instruction

Learning to play with Synthesia

As of today Synthesia doesn't support MIDI via Bluetooth, it should be added in next update. There is official workaround, you have to replace dll file. Instruction You also have to enable light support in Synthesia. In Visualizer settings you have to change "input" to RPI Bluetooth. After that when learning new song next-to-play keys will be illuminated in corresponding colors, blue for left hand and green for right hand.

Putting everything together

After connecting all cables as described above everything should fit nicely to case. If you don't have a 3d printer (like me) try to find some company or private person who will print it for you. I payed 12USD for my print.

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