Pico MIDI Project

When I was playing with my Boss RC500 looper some time in early 2023, I kind of ran out of switches ?. I wanted to do something complex (for me, the looper did not mind), change memory locations on the fly, change tempos etc. Foolish, I know, but I had external switch – FS3X by Digitech, but that did not work. Spoiler alert: not compatible. One thing led to another (read: one google search lead to another) and I ended up thinking about using MIDI for controlling my RC500.

How hard could it be to make my own MIDI pedal? Turns out, not so hard I suppose, just many things to figure out ?. Anyway, I’ll track the progress here and see where this gets me to.

Current status 50% complete:

Diagram showing progress of the project
Project Status Aug 2023.

I’ll be using Raspberry Pi Pico for my design, it is easy to use and should be very approachable for anyone wanting to give this a try. I used it before too, so no-brainer. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

I’ll keep this page up-to-date as I go along, check it out from time to time. Or better yet, subscribe so you get email when there are updates.