Sans Trumpet

Faculty Advisor

Barton, Scott D

Faculty Advisor

Orr, John A.


The goal of this Major Qualifying Project was to create an interactive MIDI controller that is intuitive to use and thus, enables people with various levels of expertise to make music. Based upon a glove concept and utilizing the playing technique of a trumpet (as the gestures of a hand were determined to be most conveniently translated), a MIDI device, the SansTrumpet, was created that can be utilized in various Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), such as GarageBand, ProTools, and Logic. The components of the SansTrumpet include a Teensy microcontroller, flex sensors, and a proximity sensor. The final product features the full pitch range of a standard trumpet, offers an alternative and intriguing visual aspect in performance, and allows for MIDI capability.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering