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From DIY to the MARKET: Meet the SHIK's N32B!

March 11, 20243 min read


Welcome, fellow makers, to another exciting DIY project! Today, we delve into the world of MIDI controllers with the SHIK N32B. Shik, a company hailing from Israel, has graciously provided me with their N32B MIDI controller kit to assemble and review. Join me as we explore this innovative device and walk through the assembly process step by step.

About Shik and the N32B

Shik is a company that began in a familiar manner for many makers. The founder initially crafted a MIDI controller for personal use. However, recognizing the potential of his creation, he decided to share it with the world. The result is the SHIK N32B MIDI controller kit, designed to offer both ease of assembly and exceptional quality. The N32B boasts 32 assignable knobs, customizable via Shik's web editor. Additionally, it features buttons and a display for seamless navigation between MIDI channels and presets. Each kit includes the PCB, all necessary components, and an anodized aluminum faceplate.


Assembly Guide

In this video, I will guide you through the assembly process of the N32B MIDI controller. Whether you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a newcomer to electronics projects, fear not! I'll provide clear instructions to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. By the end of this journey, you'll have your very own N32B ready to unleash its musical potential.


Firmware Update

Before diving into assembly, it's crucial to ensure that our N32B controller is running the latest firmware. Shiko, the creator of Shik, recommends updating the firmware to unlock additional features and optimizations. Fortunately, the process is straightforward, thanks to Shik's user-friendly web editor. By following the provided instructions, we can effortlessly update the firmware and prepare our N32B for action.

Testing and Configuration

With the firmware updated, it's time to test our N32B controller and configure its settings. Using MIDI monitor software, we can verify that the controller is transmitting MIDI messages correctly. Additionally, we'll explore the various configuration options available through Shik's web editor. From adjusting knob behavior to assigning specific MIDI channels, the possibilities are endless. By customizing our N32B to suit our preferences, we can unleash its full potential in our music production workflow.


Final Thoughts and Special Offer

Having assembled and tested the Shik N32B MIDI controller, I'm thoroughly impressed with its build quality and functionality. The PCB and aluminum faceplate exude durability and sophistication, making it a standout addition to any music studio. While I didn't opt for the walnut enclosure, I can imagine it would elevate the N32B's aesthetics even further. As a special treat for my fellow makers, Shik has generously offered a five percent discount to Nerd Musician followers. Simply use the provided coupon code during checkout to claim your savings. Additionally, Nerd Musician students can enjoy a 10 percent discount on Shik products at any time. If you're eager to dive deeper into the world of MIDI controllers, I highly recommend exploring the Nerd Musician Pro Course. With comprehensive lessons on Arduino programming, hardware integration, and more, it's the ultimate resource for aspiring controller builders.



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Thank you for joining me on this journey to assemble the SHIK's N32B MIDI controller. I hope you found this guide informative and inspiring for your own DIY projects. Be sure to subscribe to my channel for more exciting content, and don't forget to like and share this video to help support the maker community. Until next time, happy building and happy music-making!

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Gustavo Silveira

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