Thomas Dolby is back on the road, as we saw yesterday. He mentioned in his blog that he’s playing custom MIDI controllers made out of re-built vintage signal testing equipment. Apparently Dolby uses these to tweak his soft synths. (Beats a Behringer control surface, huh?) Well, now we’ve had a chance to get a closer look:

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Brilliant work, audioelectronic! Thanks to Matt for spotting this one! (Sorry your comment got caught in our spam folder, mate! Just fixed that.)

If you’re looking for awesomeness on your own, the MIDI part is fairly accessible: you need a basic I/O board with a microcontroller to convert to MIDI output. As for finding this kind of gear to put it in and having the chops to build MIDI for Dolby? There you’re on your own.