some first pics of the planning stages.
12/16/2008 - began by thinking about how to swap out standard computer keyboard buttons for others to create a basic USB-ready controller for ableton and cubase. Started looking online for it.
12/17/2008 - multiple sources from UN, technoMF, other places say pulling apart a keyboard and swapping contact points is far more difficult than it sounds, suggested joystick controls instead.
12/18/2008 - began finding many sources for USB-ready control cards prefab. Soon found USB-MIDI conversion that was ready to accept data points from several sources.
Began drawing up initial design:
12/19/2008 - started a parts list after extensive research online about what to get. many links to follow.