October 25, 2007

MIDIjack and some AD stuff...

by Chris Randall

Just got the Synhouse MIDIjack for the The Source in the mail. I'll probably put it in tonight, and photo-doc the whole process, so you can see how easy it is (or isn't...)

In other news, we're entering the R&D phase for our next product, which will most assuredly not be of the "small and cheap" form factor of the last three. This one will be one of our full-sized full function products, and take a bit of time. As soon as we've hashed out the details (a month or so?) I'll start teasing. Also, T-shirts will go on sale in the AD store on Monday, since the initial rush for Vapor is more or less over, and we're back to our normal daily sales.

UPDATE: I finished installing the MIDIjack in the The Source. The scaling is a touch off, but that can be adjusted, and otherwise it works flawlessly, taking in to account the oddity of the The Source to begin with, of course. Here's a split-beaver shot of the The Source, before the install:

Here's what the MIDIjack looks like after it has been attached:

As I surmised, I was able to use the existing (and otherwise utterly useless) "Cassette Interface" DIN plug. It was as simple as de-soldering and capping off the existing five wires, and attaching the two from the MIDIjack. Easy. Here's a pic:

All in all, it took me about an hour, but I dilly-dallied. Someone with a little more in the way of electronics chops could do it quicker, I'm sure. It was kind of a drag to have to drill holes in the face of the The Source for the MIDIjack, but as the manual hinted, there really isn't anywhere else it could go, and you need access to the button.

I still have a few Micronaut songs to finish for the upcoming album, and it'll be fun to go through and replace and add with this little guy; I look forward to it.



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Oct.26.2007 @ 4:22 AM
You say "The scaling is a touch off, but that can be adjusted."

I have a Roland SH-2, and I've tried using my Novation BassSation as a MIDI to CV converter, but the scaling is a little off in that set-up too. Can anyone here offer any advice on how to fix that? Or point me to a good place to get advice?

Thanks, Dave


Oct.26.2007 @ 10:02 AM
anyone done this to a Korg Mono/Poly? I have one in very bad shape (no keyboard) that otherwise works...

Oct.26.2007 @ 11:33 AM
you can do it to pretty much any analog monosynth.

Oct.26.2007 @ 2:32 PM
Adam Schabtach
Dave: it could be either the Roland or the Novation that is out of calibration. To make a wild guess, if the Roland tracks its keyboard correctly, it's probably the Novation. The Roland probably has internal trimmer potentiometers for adjusting its oscillator tracking; the Novation may or may not have output-scaling adjustments. The Roland's adjustment points might be labeled, but you'd have to open the case to find out.

Having calibrated the scaling on the five MOTM VCOs that I built for my modular I can state that it's a tedious and somewhat fiddly process.



Oct.26.2007 @ 4:16 PM
Alright, you heard the man let the rampant speculation about AD's next plug begin.

I'm thinking it'll be a conflustigator, or a penrhombi.

Any other ideas?


Oct.26.2007 @ 4:27 PM
beauty pill
Definitely a penrhombi. That would be the obvious move for Audio Damage.

Of course they could surprise us and go the conflustigator route, but I'm thinking penrhombi.

I'd lay money on it.

- c


Oct.26.2007 @ 4:55 PM
Oh man, now how are you going to save and load programs from your Tandy cassette player? Fucked that up pretty good, didn't you?



Oct.26.2007 @ 7:44 PM
You should have grabbed the Encore kit. You cheap ass.


I picked up 2 Moog sources last week. Great synths!!!! Now you can play Blue Monday by New Order perfectly for the drunk girls you bring home. (or guys)


Oct.26.2007 @ 7:51 PM
Thanks Adam. The Roland tracks its keyboard fine, so I might look for an external MIDI to CV converter for it...

Oct.26.2007 @ 8:00 PM
Ummm... only one button, and you had extra unused contacts on the DIN connector?

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