Blatboy

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  1. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    ok...I figured it out.    
  2. Ok.  I get it now.   I can work with this. I like the approach from the thread linked above better than using the END statement, as it's more flexible in the repeat. When you press the GP button to tell the SEQ4 to move on, yes it's in real time, but the steps are never out...it doesn't start from step 1 right when you hit the button... so I misunderstood this behavior before.  Obviously I don't have step sequencer instincts. What I'll do is have the next section after the repeat start with a fill bar, so I can cue it anywhere within the steps, and it will play the fill going into the next section. I found the MIDI remote function for the GP buttons here: mbseqv4_remote_functions.txt and I should be able to program my new pedal board to send those commands. Sorry for all this thinking out loud, and sorry I can be so thick-skulled.  The more I use this machine, the more I am humbled by it.  I'm a full time musician/composer, I'm no stranger to MIDI, and I've been on a DAW as my full time job since 2003, yet his type of music production is vastly different than what I'm used to.  I'm fascinated by it, but I'm certainly lacking in the chops department.  ;).  Now that I think I've found a real performance use for this stuff, things are about to get a little more interesting. :) Walter
  3. Ok... found this: I will experiment with this approach tonight. :)
  4. New eurorack modules in the house! :)

    I have the line driver board, not yet installed, to drive a 16x4 BLM that's still in construction.  It's definitely an interesting option for the future.  Still wrapping my head around the SEQ4... what a beast hahah. Great work!
  5. New eurorack modules in the house! :)

    This looks amazing.
  6. In song mode, when a "end" command is used, it seems that pressing one of the GP buttons will continue the song at (A1,B1,C1...P1) which is great, however it's done in real time.  My time isn't that precise, admittedly, and the use case would involve a trombone in my hands anyway (planning to trigger with a pedal)  Is there any way to have that behave like changing patterns on the pattern page with pattern change synchronization enabled?   You'll see I started talking about this here:  but I'm more informed now, having spent a few more hours on the SEQ trying to figure this problem out. thanks -- I'm trying to figure out a workflow for some live shows coming up and the pressure is on... :)  Perhaps the unit is not the perfect thing for this use case, (maybe a more MPC like solution would be more apropos?) but I'd really like to use the SEQ4 if I can.  It's a beautiful piece of kit, and I put some hours into building it, after all.  :) w
  7. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    Sorry.  I guess it was a pretty basic question, being that I think I found most of the answer in the "beginner's guide" hahah.   ahem. When programming a song I can utilize the "end" command that will repeat the last patterns until stopped or a GP button is pressed.  I'll have a trombone in my hands, so hitting a button w/my hands isn't a good option... therefore I'll enable Ext. Ctrl,  assign CC to "play song phrase" and send that CC from a pedal. (a Keith McMillan 12 Step) I won't know until I try it, so I'll get off the internet and on the SEQ 4.  I'll start a new thread on this if I'm feeling chatty. :) Walter
  8. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    I've been enjoying my SEQ V4.  Such wonderful work, and I'm still wrapping my head around it. I'm trying to get a live setup happening using the SEQ V4 to play/trigger backing synths/drum machines for live trombone and guitar to play with.  I'm not sure that the unit is best suited for this use case, but I'm curious: Song mode: Is it possible to have a song loop a section (let's say the last 32 beats) infinitely until a cue (triggered by a midi note via pedal) once it gets that cue, it knows to move on the next time it makes it to the end of that loop?  I'm trying to figure out a way to have open sections of indeterminate length in the middle of songs that the guitarist and I can improvise over.  When the solo section is finished, I'd hit a pedal and the song would move on at the end of the loop.  I'll have a trombone in my hands, so I won't want to be fiddling with knobs or keys or whatnot if at all possible. Thanks Walter  
  9. [WTB] BLM 16x16+X PCB

    This is just a shot in the dark.  I just missed the original bulk order so many months ago.  I snoozed.  I loozed.  I know for sure that at least one of you out there picked up a PCB and now realize that you just don't have the time to put it together.  Let me help you with your guilt.  I'll buy it from you (and any parts you may have).  If you sell it to me, you'll know that the stuff will be used.... and maybe even work one day... (it's a big maybe when I'm building hahah) Let me take your guilt away.  It'll be one less thing on your "unfinished projects" list!   I'm in NYC.  I'll happily pay a reasonable (or even borderline-reasonable) price + shipping. PM me.  No one will have to know. The word shall say mum. Mua ha ha.  Can't blame a fella for trying!?! 
  10. Brainstorming: Connecting external 4X16 BLM

    Understood.  Thanks so much.  In some ways, using the line driver is easier... at least I wouldn't have to make a cable and test all those pins haha.   I'll test it with a ribbon cable and take it from there. Thanks both of you so much for the great info.  I appreciate it. w
  11. Brainstorming: Connecting external 4X16 BLM

    I guess it's really meant to be an internal connection.  I was being greedy.  I can physically get away with about half that... around 27cm.   Still need the line driver?  
  12. Brainstorming: Connecting external 4X16 BLM

    Fer cryin' out loud.  I really should think things through a little better before I start posting. I was confusing the connection with the core (4 pin IIC) with the 10 pin connection to the 16X4 BLM.  Oy.  Sorry to waste your time.  Thanks for the explanation of the 3 pin jumpers tho! I do want to save that DIN8 in case I ever can get a 16X16 board.   I'll see if I can find a panel mount DIN8 jack and do it that way.  I'll just make a cable coming out of the 16X4.  I was thinking around 60cm long... too long? Thanks!    
  13. Brainstorming: Connecting external 4X16 BLM

    Apologies.  I didn't get out my multimeter before. None of those 5 pins on the board are shorted.  The 3 pin jumper connection only connects to 3 of the 5 pins? I guess I don't understand how the 3 pin jumper headers are used with a 5 pin din connector.  I was under the assumption you used those 3 pin connectors if you wanted to use panel mount DIN jacks.  There is some real basic stuff here I don't get. I can always just put in bodge wires (as Dave Jones from EEVlog would say) on the back of the board to connect the the IIC to the 5 Pin DIN...  However, I'm sure there's a more elegant solution! :)
  14. I'm trying to think of a somewhat robust/easy to use way to connect my SEQ V4 (Wilba) to an external 4X16 BLM.   I was thinking I'd use the "unused" 5 Pin DIN from the Quad IIC as my physical way out of the SEQ.  That leaves the actual BLM port free in case I ever get my hands on a 16X16 PCB (hint hint). I'm a little confused looking at the traces on the DIN connection.  Are only 3 pins actually used?  Would I be able to connect the 4 pin IIC output via the 5 pin DIN? I loved the idea of using an off the shelf MIDI cable to connect the two.  Unfortunately, my BLM case isn't big enough to allow for a typical MIDI jack.  I already received the parts, so re-designing isn't an option there.  (Or...I'd rather not do it.)  So... being that USB is a 5 pin connection, in theory I could make a custom cable that goes from MIDI to USB-A.  There is room in that case to put a simple panel mount USB-A jack in the case.  Another option of course would to just have a cable come out of the BLM to connect to the SEQ.  I'll probably just do that... and see if I can put some sort of strain relief on the cable coming out of the BLM. Whaddya think?   :)    
  15. MBBLM on iPad via Lemur

    Never mind.  Found it here:   http://www.ucapps.de/midibox_seq_manual_blm.html   sorry for the interruption.    :)