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  1. Selling my project for an 8-chip midibox SID.  Consists of: 8 working and tested 8580 chips acquired from Meeblip.  They come 2 to a box. PCBs from Modular Addict for the MB-6582 Encoders, switches, amber-colored LEDs, other misc parts for the control surface. Yellow OLED screen PSU is the latest Option E as listed in the wiki (12V power supply brick included) 4 Flashed PICs on the base pcb Forgot to include the power brick in the photo but it looks like a regular power supply brick. Also I originally was going to create a custom back panel so attached the midi ports, power inlet and power switch via flying wires but that is easily reversible if you want to use a standard backplate. The base PCB is essentially done. PSU works great. I couldn't decide on the panel options and due to life getting in the way I will not have the time to finish it, and I know the chips are hard to find.  Anyway asking 500USD for the whole kit plus shipping.  I could do international shipping with some more details.  Message me if you're interested. Thanks for looking!    
  2. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Hmm..that is good to know. Could be my somewhat modern gear - although the SL Mk2 is pretty old I think.  Thanks
  3. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    For some instruments with Midi DIN I have, but shouldn't I at least see some activity on the midi monitor under USB1, USB2, USB3, or USB4 using a usb keyboard?  
  4. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    That is awesome progress/news on the cv modules, very cool stuff!  Got a quick question that I guess is more troubleshooting related than operation related -  On the Midi IN4 and OUT4, I know they are planned for controlling the BLM at some point in the future, but in the meantime should they work as regular Midi in/out ports? I have a keystep plugged in and it works on IN1, IN2, and IN3, but not 4 (when viewing via midi monitor). Was curious if it's a midiseq software setting or intentionally hardwired to be different.   My vote goes to bad wiring on my part, but just double checking.   Thanks EDIT - Actually the more I read on the USB OTG it seems like I should be able to plug the keystep into USB with the switch in the OTG position. Quick power cycle but still no activity on the midi monitor. The same if I try with my Novation SL MK2 midi keyboard. Both they keystep and SL are being powered by a PSU and not reliant on USB power. Do you  need a special OTG cable for it to work?
  5. Many thanks, Peter. I got a deal on 8580s from meeblip awhile back, I'm working through PSU option E.  Got an OLED screen.  I'm thinking of panel mounting the switches directly above the window so I can flush-mount the screen. Probably just build my own enclosure, it looks pretty cramped in the PT-10 and I like a little more room to work with. Based on your one post about how much of a pain the flat leds are I'm thinking of just going with regular round ones.   The PSU is tricky for me since  Jaytee's build guide leaves off necessary components from the original Wilba build guide, which makes sense since its original intention was a retrofit but a little confusing for scratch builds.  I think I can figure it out.
  6. midiphy SEQ v4+

    Lucky 13! Thanks, @Hawkeye!  
  7. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    All working now - Here's my beauty   Turns out I had a bad cable (my nemesis) for the MIDI8 board.  I went with the red/cyan color mix for the LEDs. Keycaps courtesy of @Antichambre . Also, I went with shorter 16mm keycaps for the switches ( mouser 642-1S11-16.0 ) instead of the 19mm from the BOM, I thought those were a bit too wiggly. I had a few self-inflicted hiccups along the way but I'm extremely pleased with how this turned out and the quality and support of the midiphy kit is top notch, of course. Cheers!  
  8. You wrote this kind of a long time ago @Hawkeye but can I ask why did everyone used JB-Weld in the first place vs just having screws from the top? People didn't want to see the screw heads on top of the panel?   Why not use the encoders to attach the front panel? Looks like there is room to lower the panel a few mm - was the height dictated by the original LCD height? Apart from the flat-top LEDs being a bit of a pain, anything anyone would do differently with their build? I've read all the big threads and really studied the wiki pages. Looks like an exciting project!
  9. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Latigid on and Hawkeye - THANK YOU! It's up and running! (one caveat below...) Sorted out my JA board issues and it's firing a basic sequence now.  The OLED displays are amazingly crisp and clear.  This box is a thing of beauty, really quite a nice piece of engineering and design. I am looking forward to learning it. Thank you for offering it as a kit!   One caveat, though (there's always one in my world), is that I'm getting weird output from the 4 main Midi out ports. To test it I'm running a simple sequence with one note and one default gate length, and my synth gets the note (a behringer neutron) but only once ever, and it's like an infinite gate. Happens with all 4 of the Midi out ports. The IIC ports all work great when I change the midi output port on the fly while the same sequence is still running. The IIC ports appear to be operating normally so I'm thinking it's an issue with the midi8 board. Before I tear it apart and examine the midi8 pcb, I just wanted to confirm that there's no global setting or something that I need to enable or set for midi8 board? I'm guessing no but hey just double checking. If I do need to debug midi data, is there a recommended method or test sequence I should run against a known good port? Should I use mios studio or midi-ox or probably doesn't matter? Thanks again     
  10. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Just reporting back in quick - it was the cable. I guess practice makes perfect, now the led matrix works perfectly. Getting there :)
  11. New entrant to the SID game

    @SimonSays Please keep us updated since I also ordered the PCBs from modular addict awhile back. I'm hopefully finishing up my seq v4+ build soon and will tackle a 6582 build soon after.  Got a small bonus at work and splurged on a slew of 8580 chips from meeblip a few months ago in preparation, also. I guess they are sold out now.   Have you turned up any ideas for the display? The hot thing is OLEDs now and some people get them to work it appears, though I haven't found a real guide.
  12. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Thanks - I think it's the cable. I have continuity everywhere but from J5 pin 8-> cable-> j2 pin8.  Will replace that once I get new ends - I think I wore out the 24pin header.
  13. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Hi - I had some more time today to make some really good progress. So far everything is going smooth except for the JA board. I have the case almost all the way together. for the JA, I'm going to debug the weird button behavior I had way back, now that I know how the ICs work a little more. Anyway do you know what would cause this row not to light in the matrix (please see photo below)? The 2nd row of 16 leds aren't lighting on the JA matrix. I've reflowed the matrix pins and the large 24pin connector, as well as the respective connectors on lemec_r.  I am guessing this matrix doesn't connect to anything else on the JA board that would cause just this row to not light?   Thanks
  14. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Makes sense, I suppose it would want to go as fast as possible for quick registering. Is the RC = reset clock? Still not seeing any action on switches. I did for a little time right after I reflowed the ICs I mentioned but now nothing is showing up in MIOS.  I'll test all the pins again with the scope and report back and basically go back through your previous posts on this thread.  I still get perfect encoder twisting registering in MIOS studio, just no switches. 
  15. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Initially I wasn't seeing anything on pin 14 on IC20, so I reflowed 17, 19, 20 pins and now I do see something. I do see normal (I think) behavior on IC2 now. I am curious what the CLK signal should be, though. You mentioned 1khz. I'm reading a little over 667khz on all clks, including the left le mec board. Thinking it was user error, I tried my function generator with a 10khz square wave the scope read it perfectly with no adjustments.  I am wondering if perhaps it's just getting clk'd too fast to really give reliable operations? What controls the frequency signal?
  16. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    I believe it is, what is the side of R26 connected to? I see the end closest to the pcb edge is to pin 8 of IC2. I thought I could test resistance between pin 8 and the mystery point just to be sure R26 is soldered on there correctly. Turns out there is no pulse train on Pin 14 on the R board. I see it clearly on the L board, it does help that one board works to compare! Do you think this IC2 is just a dud or perhaps damaged somehow? I get 0V on pin 13, also.
  17. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    With seq_r loaded,  on the Left board, on the scope I see a sequence on each of the output pins of IC2, although I can't seem to see any activity even if I press the switches. They just seem static although that could be my inexperience. I mean, the Left board switches still register in MIOS studio console so it's prob me :)  On the Right board however, each of the outputs of IC2 are reading high, no sequence. That would probably make sense that IC3 has all the high readings, then, right? If it depends on the outputs of IC2 being correct sequence? Both chips have clock in, it appears. Hopefully I'm still moving in a forward direction with this!
  18. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Well for each button pressed it's the same each time. I get different groups of 4 registered in the debug screen on each encoder.  Now I can't get any of them to register, unfortunately, after a good cleaning.  Encoder twists still register great. COnfirmed I have seq_r.ngc loaded. I started comparing lemec L and R, and on IC1 on the L board, I don't see any voltage on pin 4 and 6, although I do on the R board. My L board is working fine (switches/encoders that is), should pin 4 and 6 read +5V as on the R board IC1?  IC1 is right next to the J89 connector on the Left board, so wasn't sure if maybe that is relevant to my problem.  I'll continue comparing the IC voltages via my scope but just curious which ones should be the same between L and R. All of them? Thank you
  19. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    pretty sure everything is correct, I can make another cable (third one...) and see if that makes a difference.  In the meantime here are photos.
  20. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    I get a similar output each time I press any of the encoders on the right lemec board, not just the ENSW8. I don't see anything touching, and I see the same behavior if I swap seq-plates from the left lemec board.  As for SW19, when I temporarily install all the switches in the lower row, each switch registers similar 'quadruple' output messages as the encoders. Same thing happens if I test SW1->16 as Peter shows in the video with a small, horseshoe shaped length of wire.   I reflowed some points and all the diodes, still no luck, unfortunately.  Given that it's happening to all switches, would there be a point somewhere that would affect all of them somehow?  Also I don't have the JA board connected past the right lemec so not sure if that is affecting things?
  21. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    @SimonSaysWow great job! I am getting there bit by bit myself. I am at the DIN switch test phase, I have the lemec boards plugged in and since I hosed my JA board I have the Left lemec plugged into the core and running seq_r instead. The left board is checking out good so far. The right lemec's encoders register normal when I twist them, but pressing them as a switch registers 4 events. All the switches on the right board register as 4 different switches, I assume the ones in their little matrix.  The bottom 4 (SW17, 18, 19,20) do not register at all.  Any idea what this could be? Sample output when I press ENSW8 on right lemec: [130673.482] 90 4b 7f   Chn# 1  Note On  D#4  Vel:127 [130673.495] 91 63 7f   Chn# 2  Note On  D#6  Vel:127 [130673.500] 90 63 7f   Chn# 1  Note On  D#6  Vel:127 [130673.515] 90 33 7f   Chn# 1  Note On  D#2  Vel:127 [130673.618] 91 63 00   Chn# 2  Note Off D#6 (optimized) [130673.622] 90 4b 00   Chn# 1  Note Off D#4 (optimized) [130673.636] 90 33 00   Chn# 1  Note Off D#2 (optimized) [130673.640] 90 63 00   Chn# 1  Note Off D#6 (optimized) Thanks
  22. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Thanks!
  23. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    @latigid on Hi I'm at the point of testing the lemec boards, and if you recall I have some issues with the JA board. As you suggested earlier if the power is ok, at least some of the board should work.  I just want to make sure power is ok passing through the board, could you let me know what the voltages should be on the pins for SRIO out? Or point me to a link with it, I can't seem to find it via search.   Thank you! Nevermind I forgot I can use seq_r to just chain it the other way around. I'll figure out the JA board later. Thanks though
  24. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    That makes sense with _L vs _R chaining order...I'm going to give your suggestions a shot, the piano roll on midi channel 3 with seq_l.ngc loaded and the chaining test.  will report back once I have something.   And as always, thank you for the thorough reply!  
  25. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Yes-I replaced RN1. When I say I hold my hand on the back I mean that it's just very sensitive to touch. It's not like that with the other switches, just sw2,7,9,11,12,13 - they all act like one switch, one led. The only ones that are working as intended are sw3,4,5,6. The rest are dead switch/dead led.  I usually solder THT components from the bottom out of habit. Attached a picture below of back. using MIOS studio as you suggested, I get some LEDs to light up. I can't follow which DOUT 1-7 and DOUT 10-15 correspond to which LED, it seems random. I tried reading the  http://ucapps.de/midibox_ng_manual_ngc.html  page about LEDs so I see that different combinations=different patterns, though unclear if that applies to this or the little matrix on the top of the board. Don't suppose there is a test script that would light up LEDs in sequence?   One question I have is how does the chaining work with J89 and J89A? I see I have to connect the Left Lemec board into J89A on the JA board, would I be able to test the lemec boards if I just plugged the left board directly into the J8/9 on the core board? I am not sure if they are a direct connection or somehow buffered/filtered through the JA board first. I ask this because I just want to move ahead at this point (and see what else I screw up lol) and some of the pins aren't connected between J89 and J89A, which could be normal or not.