I love YouTube. Its a way I discover many new interests. In 2006 I saw a video of Kid Beyond that blew my mind. I liked his approach to music creation. Creating music on the fly using looping software was really appealing to me so I started designing my own pedal board to control loops and different aspects of the software.
I wanted to have a durable MIDI foot controller but I didn't want to pay the $400 so I built one myself. I took apart my M-Audio Keystation 49 and figured out how it worked. Once I had an idea of how it worked I designed a circuit board which could trigger on/off commands via MIDI notes.