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Adam Schabtach

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  1. Thanks for the explanation. The challenge that those of us with little or no prior experience with MIDIbox in general and the sequencers in particular is that we're often left puzzled by certain operational details, such as this one. As far as I can tell, the only documentation for this feature is "FAST - Use this button to speed up the encoder and datawheel increments/decrements." That doesn't tell me that I also have to rotate the encoder quickly. All other devices I've used work one way or the other: either there's built-in acceleration so rotating the knob faster increases the value change
  2. Thanks. The settings in my HWCFG file were the same as you listed. I also verified that the setting which affects whether the FAST mode is activated momentarily by holding down the encoder, or toggled on/off by clicking the encoder, works as expected. However, the ENC_BPM_FAST_SPEED setting still has no effect. I changed it from 3 to 10 and rotating any GP encoder by one click still always produces a change of +1 or -1 of the associated value, whether or not the FAST button is illuminated.
  3. I've been having a good time with my sequencer lately, digging in to the arpeggiator and random-generation functions for the first time. I am puzzled by one thing, though: the FAST feature seems to do nothing. The button lights up when I press it, and it also lights up when I press the encoder switches, but this doesn't seem to have any other effect at all. The values seem to change at the same speed regardless. What am I missing?
  4. Hi Andy, The part number is NANOSMDC075F-2 made by Littelfuse Inc. It's available from both Mouser and Digi-Key here in the USA so it should be easy to get in Europe also.
  5. I finally found some time to revisit the USB port. Of course the most obvious explanation for my sequencer not powering the Korg controller was that I omitted the +5V jumper. I thought back a bit and realized that at the time I assembled the USB PCB (actually both times, since I had to do it twice) I was somewhat puzzled by the presence of that jumper. I mean, nobody has to open up their laptop computers to move jumpers to provide power to the USB ports, right? :-) So at the time I left the jumper off and decided to investigate it later. I did a little reading before opening my sequencer'
  6. Aha! Thanks! That's the post that I need, and couldn't find previously.
  7. Before I start reading arcane documentation about USB protocols, can you just tell me what I should expect to be possible? Can I plug a USB controller into it? (Apparently the answer is yes.) Can I plug a USB synthesizer into it? Thanks.
  8. I hate to ask what may be a silly question, but how exactly does one make use of the two USB ports? I have not been able to find much documentation or discussion of the USB features. What sort of devices do work? I tried plugging my Korg nanoKey Studio into the A port while providing power via the B port, and the Korg didn’t turn on. Can I plug a synthesizer into the A port? Thanks for any insights.
  9. Thanks for that summary. It is somewhat difficult to figure out how the v4+ panel's features correspond to the features described in the Getting Started document and the reference manual, particularly since those don't seem to describe all of the v4 features themselves. I'm not complaining, mind you; the documentation is quite good as far as it goes. I'm currently finishing the manual for my company's latest product so I understand entirely how dull writing documentation can be, even if you're writing about something that's fun.
  10. That would be a nice look. My first plan--which I think I picked up from a post in this forum--was to use one color for steps 1, 5, 9, and 13, and another color for the rest. Then I decided it would be better to group steps by color in sets of four. So, the next plan was to make steps 1-4 and 9-12 one color and the other steps another color. Finally I settled on the 1-4/13-16 and 5-12 coloring because I like the symmetry and it still provides demarcation of the downbeats.
  11. So, after perhaps an anomalous number of difficulties, my sequencer is finished. Everything went fairly smoothly after my last post, although I did manage to damage a superflux LED, probably by unsoldering and resoldering it too many times. I had some trouble getting them to lie flush with the top of the PCB and apparently one of them got heated too many times. So, again, thank you for including extra parts in the kit. After some experimentation with a superflux LED on a breadboard, I decided to go with a blue/red color scheme. The stepping light is simply red, while the other lights are
  12. Number 23, I believe. More about the build soon.
  13. Hi Peter, After I went to bed last night, I suddenly thought, "I bet that they put extra LEDs in the kit already, so maybe I am lucky and I already have the spare that I need." Then I was busy all day today but just now I finally had a chance to count the LEDs, and yes there are several extra white ones. There were even two extra white ones just in the bag of assorted colors. So, thanks for your reply, and thank you for packing extras! Hopefully Mr. Murphy will be less interested in the remaining steps of building my sequencer. --Adam
  14. Hi Andy, I finally figured out the problem, and it was not the switches. The problem was that two of the switches seemed to be sticking in the on position while I was testing them with MIOS Studio. I had tried everything else--resoldered all solder joints (twice, even), checked for shorts with a DMM, checked that the pullup resistors were connected properly, etc. Finally I had removed all of the switch caps and had unsoldered the LEDs in the two suspect switches, and I finally saw the problem while I was looking sideways at the PCB. There was some sort of fibrous material stuck to two of
  15. Are the white LEDs used in the pushbuttons available from Mouser or Digi-Key? I'm having some intermittent problems with two buttons on my JA board. Removing and replacing them will probably destroy the LEDs, so I'm going to have to get new ones somehow.
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