I’ve been using Makey Makey’s for a while now, a small USB circuit board which when connected to the computer allows you to use physical objects to simulate key presses on the computer. In early 2021 I collaborated with the organisation to write two blog posts combining the technology with music production software, specifically Garageband and Ableton.


DIY Ableton Controller


Makey Makey Controller

Since Ableton is oriented for electronic music performance, I decided to create a DIY controller in a similar style to the famous ‘launchpad’ style devices – allowing me to perform music without needing to jump back and forth to the laptop. Check out the video below for an example combining Ableton’s Looper plugin with my Photon Smasher instrument.