Anonymous reader's cool DIY touch-screen interface

In the comments for this post about multi-touch interfaces, an anonymous poster tells this story: "I got my hands on a [mono] touch screen and use it as a second monitor on my music PC. I wrote a drum grid editor thing (inspired by those little LED-button-covered boxes you reported on [the Monome?] that syncs with a midi device. Anyhow, it's very cool to use." Slightly bigger picture here. UPDATE: He says "It's totally free if anybody else has a touch screen and wants it (it'll work on a non-touch screen too, of course)." I'll post a link as soon as he sends one.

great stuff ! would be nice to have this for PDA ( or your Tungsten T3) with midi-interface.
yeah! i would like that a lot!
Theoretically, if the interface size could be reduced to 320x320 on the PC screen, you could use PalmVNC over Bluetooth to control it with your PDA (although you'd still need your laptop).

I made a post about getting PalmVNC running here:

You couldn't have a midi interface on a Tungsten though because there is (as yet) no midi interface available for Palm PDAs.

Another option would be writing a new piece of software specifically for use on Palm - the best bet would be to use HB++ (, although it costs £100 so I won't be doing it any time soon unless I win the lottery ;)
A (PDA-)bluetooth midi-interface, that would be pretty rad ! I imagine some nice DIN-plug bluetooth device plugged into the Midi-ports of musical gear and controlling it from my bed ! ( in which i am now just dreaming about..)
God, that looks great. Nice looking interface design that man.

How much are 15 inch touch screens going for...?

Wonder how much of a problem it is only being a monotouch screen?
ultra sick .. who ever did that should get a music thing hero .. well mabey not but it's still rad -
Nice, but I still want to play with one of those 'audiopad' things ;-
is there a reason you can't send midi (or for that matter OSC) over bluetooth or wifi from a pda?
You can send midi over bluetooth, Olivier Gillet (Bhajis Loops creator) made a small app that does just this for example, but then you have to use a computer with bluetooth to receive the message.

If there was a harware bluetooth-midi interface then you could use a palm to control hardware devices without a computer...
do you have a link for that palm midi over bluetooth app? i just got a little bluetooth dongle for my pc
Anonymous: I couldn't find the bluetooth app but this is the page of the guy that supposidly created it and his other programs
Forgot to post a link :)

You can grab the pictured program here

It's pretty simple to use.. it uses four grids (I->IV) and you can edit them independently, or there's an "all" most that puts any grid changes into all grids.

Email me at if you need any help.
anyone have any recommendations on a good touch pad?
Thanks Godzilla Frog :o)

I've tried running this on my owrk PC and get all sorts of error messages. I'll try it at home and if I still encounter problems, I'll drop you a line :o)

Thanks for your altruistic donation :o)
in addendum to my previous post, I have tried this at home now and it works a bloomin' treat !!

Great stuff !!

Good Karma dude !

It seems I didn't test the proggy on a system that has no midi input devices ;P

I'll fix that and update the program soonish.

I'll also improve the non-sync'd timing.. I don't use it much but just noticed it's a bit too dependent on machine load.
Hey guys..

I've moved the GControl download to so folks can see when I've updated it (which will be tomorrow).
I posted an update that fixes the issues when there are no midi in ports.

Grab it at
There are MIDI interfaces for Palms, and there is an application which does a very similar drum grid as well as analog-style bass/lead line pattern sequencing: Beatpad from Minimusic, who also has MIDI hardware.
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