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  1. midiphy SEQ v4+

    Thanks, Andy! Right... so, 5s into 8, 16... 32... :) What are fellow seq-tarians doing with the spare 4s or 3s? Pictures, please...
  2. midiphy SEQ v4+

    They look great... can existing owners buy a set to retro fit?
  3. MBSEQv4 Beginner's Guide now in the wiki

    This is really helpful - thanks for creating it!
  4. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    It turned out to be a button/case issue... As soon as I got the top off, the button LEDs returned to proper service.  The top was a very tight fit to all the buttons, switches and dials when i first fitted it. Although all the transport buttons were free to move, something must have been trapped underneath... perhaps one button not quite fully lifting back up? I couldn't repeat the issue with the top off so can’t be certain. I spent 20 mins with a fine file and gave some up/down movement potential to the jog dial board and moved it less than 0.5mm upwards. That has also allowed my aftermarket jog dial to fit the aperture precisely and improved how I could fit it vertically. The issue recurred when I got the screws for the cream top back in and tightened - it seems to be held at bay by only just nipping up the right hand (jog side) 2 top screws. I don’t think my transport buttons are off the PCB, though. Might be a bad joint somewhere on the switch LEDs still, but it’s back working again now. Thanks
  5. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Thanks - I discovered last night that it’s probably a bad joint: plugged SEQ in and only stop button light lit (normal state). Pressed play and play LED lit green for a second and then all transport LEDs lit white again with play unlit completely, as per ‘bad’ state. it was always going to be my soldering :( I’ll look where you suggest!  
  6. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Hey all - i’ve just had an issue come up... at some point today, the switch LEDS on the transport row have lit incorrectly. I’ve niw got all lit aside from play and play doesn’t light green whether playing or stopped. All functionality is correct (play, pause, stop, etc) but the LEDs aren’t lit correctly. I’ve got to disassemble to bridge the OTG switch so i’ll fix at same time - any idea what the culprit might be before I dive in?   Thanks
  7. Strange behaviour?

    Hey Peter - thanks for the response... Glad you like my “top hat” :) It’s not a perfect fit but i like it... look here: Sourcingmap 30mm CNC Machined Aluminium Alloy Potentiometer Knob Cao 6mm Dia Hole https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00X77OLB2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_lO75DbN2DGBET. The grey knobs on the step columns are from Thonk.co.uk. I have a very solid power bank - i’ll try that and use the shortest cable I can find as well. I’ll report back (although I’ve not read of same problem elsewhere, so I may be solving a unique issue). Cheers
  8. Strange behaviour?

    Hey all I had a big work change soon after I finished building my V4+ so I disappeared for a while... I plugged it all back in last night and immediately started enjoying myself again :) But.. I noticed some behaviour I hadn’t seen before: 1. I accidentally started the V4+ with the SD card out. After getting the ‘searching for SD card’ and then ‘No SD card’ messages, I pressed a button as I picked the unit up and got a strange light animation (vid below). Is this “expected”or is a symptom of something else? V4+ Strange Behaviour Video 2. The reason I ask if the above is a symptom is I also got a machine ‘freeze’ while playing patterns. I’ve had it before and can’t replicate it but changing menus while a pattern is playing caused the machine to lock up (non-responsive to input) and the tempo of the audio to fall by a factor (1/4 time, 1/8 time, perhaps?) I have an outstanding fix to the OTG switch bridged connection that I forgot to do in the initial build, but I doubt that is connected to the above? The behaviour in (1) obviously isn’t important as ther eis no problem when I reboot with the SD card attached, but I’m wondering if anyone recognises a problem from these factors? Cheers, Simon
  9. New entrant to the SID game

    Super-cool - thanks, @jaytee.  Option e PSU it is for me! I think I've got the knowledge I need to order the BOM now... the PCBs arrived super-quick (and with no VAT/handling charges) from Modular Addict. I haven't had the panel yet and the swinSIDs are still on back-order. I'll probably get a 8580 or two from flea-bay in time for the main build completion. I can supply whatever power is needed during build and testing with a bench supply so that won't be a problem. It looks like the build is secured between the PCBs and the panel, so I'm hoping to live with that (and standoffs) until I can figure a case out - I don't particularly like that PT-10 box (although it's obviously good from a convenience POV). I'm just looking at my Mackie 1202 mixer thinking that (or a similarly sized unit) might be version-able... or a transparent acrylic number...
  10. New entrant to the SID game

    As you should. It's luvverly... a lot to learn for a dimwit like me, but it's fun to keep uncovering "oh - I can do that?!" functions. It's a fun build, too. Good mix of great design, challenging and satisfying.
  11. New entrant to the SID game

    What's your preferred option @jaytee? Two PSUs, accepting the 7805 getting hot and/or avoid backlit display? Or "the other way"? I'm not fussed about two PSUs to be honest - I've got about 20,000 of them stored or in use at any given time, so one more won't break the model!
  12. New entrant to the SID game

    To maintain the commentary... I've just ordered 8x swinSID ultimates from PolyPlay. I think technically and practically this is the best answer, but part of me feels like I'm cheating! The supply of swinSIDs is pretty limited (AFAIK they are individually hand-built and it's not entirely clear that I will get any at all) - but, hopefully, more reliable than buying suspect chips - or C64s that are suspiciously described as 'untested, strictly bought as seen' - ie. 'I've had the SID and the PSU, you can have the rest'! Over time, I'll keep an eye for 8580s, and a couple of 6581s but build with the swinSIDs. I'll certainly pick up a reliable looking grey C64 for the PSU and the 8580 with it to start my collection :)
  13. New entrant to the SID game

    I've ordered The Beast's last panel in stock and the 6582 main + control boards from Modular Addict... and so it begins.
  14. New entrant to the SID game

    Thanks! Really helpful.... Actually, the idea of making a panel - or whole case - out of PCBs is pretty cool. I don't think I've seen that before. Could be nice for something like a Shruthi... I've got half a dozen different filter boards and three Shruthis (none of which are quick to open and change boards in) so that could solve a problem. Bit different to laser-cut acrylic!
  15. USB keyboard issue

    It's set to slave/receive clock... I'll try it on USB sync to see if there's some oddity in the matrix but it's no biggie if it's a glitch. I've just noticed on the 3rd (or 4th - it's a steep curve!) pass of the documentation that I can route the midi keyboard to active track as an option... nice! I know the Cirklon has built its own mythical status partly through long waiting lists and £3000 resale values on eBay - as well as it being great hardware, no doubt - but I find it hard to believe it can offer more than this beaut :)