a Tablet to play Organ
I doubt this is a new idea but I have not seen it used yet:
I considered using a Palm Pilot for playing a John Smith Busker Organ which
was converted to play MIDI files, but the technology is old and to get what
is needed and set up to use looked complicated, so I looked at using a smart
The technology to play MIDI with a smart phone is relatively new which translates
into "expensive." There are YouTube videos showing it done, but I looked
for a lesser expensive option.
Someone suggested a small tablet might do the job. So, I bought an off-brand
tablet with a 7-inch screen and Windows 8.1. I then installed VanBasco's
Karaoke program which I have used for several years on a laptop to play an
antique player piano modified to play MIDI files. A USB MIDI interface connected
to the tablet and J-Omega's MTP-7 board completed the digital electronic
setup. The tablet fits nicely underneath the rear lid of my organ and it
works like a charm.
Steve Bowman, Oxford, NC