Wacom Tablets

Talk about your MIDI interfaces, microphones, keyboards...

Moderators: khz, MattKingUSA

hudkins
Established Member
Posts: 35
Joined: Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:01 am

Wacom Tablets

Postby hudkins » Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:08 am

Is it possible to use a Wacom tablet as a MIDI controller?

This is the most relevant thing I've found but it doesn't seem to work.
http://at.or.at/hans/pd/hid.html

I'm not opposed to using windoze software in Wine but anything I've come across is from the early-mid 2000s and the download links don't work or the page 404's.

Someone must be doing this...

I'm running Ubuntu Studio 14.04 and I'm trying to use a Wacom CTE-440.

ssj71
Established Member
Posts: 1292
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:36 pm

Re: Wacom Tablets

Postby ssj71 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:52 pm

If synclient shows the input data you might be able to use a little program I hacked together years ago (it was my first, so its a bit rough, but works for generating midi data from the touchpad of a laptop).
https://github.com/ssj71/touchMIDI

Let me know if it works or you have issues, I haven't used it myself for a long time.
_ssj71

music: https://soundcloud.com/ssj71
My plugins are Infamous! http://ssj71.github.io/infamousPlugins
I just want to get back to making music!

witchspace
Established Member
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:14 pm
Location: Eindhoven

Re: Wacom Tablets

Postby witchspace » Wed May 18, 2016 7:29 am

Yes you can use a drawing tablet as a high-resolution pressure-sensitive XY controller with the appropriate adapter software. Did that for a while, fun to play around with fora while, but having to pick up the pen to use a MIDI controller feels a bit silly. Your milage may vary ofc.

Metrophage
Established Member
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:42 pm

Re: Wacom Tablets

Postby Metrophage » Sat May 28, 2016 6:44 pm

I did this with a friend's Wacom years ago using Max/MSP on a Mac. The only fiddly part in Linux might be getting drivers configured . Then I'd use a toolbox environment such as Pure Data to make a Wacom MIDI translator patch - I'd be astonished if there wasn't already a Pd object for parsing Wacom input.

One idea I was toying with is that an older tablet with serial I/O could perhaps be converted into a standalone MIDI controller, with some work.


Return to “Computer Related Hardware”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest