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  1. Encoder doesn't work

    Take a look in mios32/common/mios32_enc.c - the "state machine" code is in MIOS32_ENC_UpdateStates(), there you should find the logic. You could also try to swap around pins 2 and 3 of the encoder, had to do this a while back for smaller 12mm ALPS encoders to work properly, otherwise would observe random jumps, back then the wiring was incorrect, as i installed 12mm Alps STEC encoders in 16mm encoder slots :). Have a good weekend! Peter
  2. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    @lukas412 If the computer introduces the noise, you could try to use a galvanic USB isolator, a potential model and how it could be attached is linked in the eurorack modules thread: I've spent a few hours measuring things with the scope over here: while i get minor digital noise with the v4+/Eurorack modules connected to the PC, i get no noise at all when connecting to a Laptop with a "travel adapter", that uses a 2-pin ac plug (without ac mains earth connection). I noticed some eurorack module manufacturers like Waldorf do use a "galvanic isolator" in the modules, e.g. in their "nw1 wavetable" module, probably to avoid similar noise problems in some setups. So, i'd recommend to try with a galvanic USB isolator, that powers the v4+ side with the same USB-only PSU, that gives you no trouble when connecting without PC. There should then be a very high likelihood, that the noise is gone, as there is no more directly wired connection to the PC. Best regards and have a nice weekend! Peter
  3. [FS] All of my midibox

    Hi Aki, Have a happy 2020! If you would let them go, i'd take the MOD/PITCH wheel setup and 4pcs of the ALPS motorfaders - basically to have them as test components for the future. Thanks a lot! Will be in touch via PM. Many greets! Peter  
  4. midiphy Eurorack Expander Modules

    Hi Niels, i'm using the same (cheap) DB-25 cable from Reichelt, about 1.5m long. It's also unshielded and you are right, it might pick up some noise, even a ground hum if you run it e.g. close to a transformer. But: my expectation would be that while reducing the DB-25 cable length and upgrading to a better/shorter USB cable (e.g. with a ferrite ring) will help to battle the minor digital noise introduced by the PC, it will probably not help with the ground hum. What you could do, if you are still unhappy with the MIDI-only solution is to try out one of these three options: 1) Try with a galvanic USB isolator, e.g. Reichelt has this one: https://www.reichelt.de/usb-isolator-with-5-kv-isolation-converter-delock-62588-p151307.html It is affordable and if bus powering is not sufficient you can use e.g. your 5V USB phonecharger-type PSU (that was unproblematic when powering your v4+/Eurorack modules) to power the galvanic isolated device (the v4+) with it. In that case, you'd need to add a mini barrel connector to your USB phone charger PSU, or buy a USB <-> mini barrel connector cable, but that should be no problem! :) 2) If you are willing to upgrade your studio PC, some laptops that have e.g. "travel adapter" PSUs without an AC ground pin should help - that will technically "lift ground" on your computer side, but in a safe way: https://www.amazon.de/Lenovo-Travel-AC-Adapter-65W 3) Maybe the cheapest method: as Graham suggests, improve the grounding between your devices externally with a well-dimensioned ground bonding wire, it might be necessary to include your amp/studio monitors as well. You'd need to make proper cables with cable lugs for safe connection and find proper "ground points" to which you can screw them on every chassis for it to work. --- All of these three solutions, at least in my thinking should eliminate the ground hum: - Methods 1) and 2) "lift ground" on at least one PSU, making the interal internal ground connection (long wire from flying busboard -> db25 cable -> v4+ -> usb cable -> PC) the only connection path, there then can be no potential difference anymore, no "ground loop" however controversial that term is :). - Method 3) will directly "shortcut" the potential difference while every PSU can stay connected to mains ground. Many greets, Peter
  5. midiphy Eurorack Expander Modules

    Hi Niels, going MIDI (and using opto decoupling) is a cool, easy and pragmatic solution! As Andy wrote, i did a few local measurements with all devices i had available out of curiosity, because i also sometimes experienced ground hums between some synths and my mixer and i was interested! :) Basically, i cannot reproduce your problem, i can see a minor bit of digital noise introduced to the eurorack system, when using my PC instead of my Laptop to power the SEQ/Eurorack modules over USB, but it is perfectly acceptable and there is no ground hum problem, scoped waveforms from multiple measurements are available, if requested :). This post by Graham Hinton seems to be a really good reference regarding the ground hum problem in general, he is very nicely explaining what's going on and how you could address it: https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=102801#p1429534 In my own words (i may be wrong scientifically with some terms, as i am not an EE :)): when you experience ground hums, that is probably due to a different ground potential, e.g. between Eurorack PSU and PC PSU -or- one or both of those PSUs themselves being noisy, e.g. not being properly filtered. So, for example, if in one unit we have some unfiltered AC mains or switching regulator ripple being introduced, it will interfere with the other PSU over long and imperfect ground connections between those PSUs, over the PC<->SEQ<->Eurorack wiring, which is going over a long distance and many connection points, i.e. starting with the flying busboard wiring in your eurorack, the DB25-cable, the ribbon wires in the v4+, the USB cable and the wiring in your PC/PSU. Graham also explains, how different potential can exist, even if all affected PSUs are of high quality and are well filtered. It occurs, if the two independent rails draw unequal currents (statically or dynamically). Graham suggests to tackle the problem at its roots and run ground bonding wires between all affected PSU chassis/0V. Note, that also your mixer/powered amp/powered studio monitor elements might play a role in the audible ground hum noise and might benefit from proper external grounding too. Often, that step is not necessary, as the AC mains wire ground connection is completely sufficient, but sometimes it might be helpful. Also note, that the AC mains cable ground connection should always stay in place for safety reasons, be very careful with ground lifters! But, if you create your own improved "studio ground", that will basically circumvent any suboptimal ground connections and should help a lot. This method could also be employed, when you experience ground hums with other audio gear, e.g. between a synth and your studio mixer. That is also why you will sometimes find external "ground" connection points on some studio gear, for example i've got an audio patchbay with an external "ground hook" - adding proper grounding there makes a lot of sense, as it will affect all connected sound sources/synthesizers. Have a good upcoming weekend and best regards! Peter
  6. Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année à tous!!!

    Have a happy and healthy new year 2020! Many greets, Peter
  7. Caseless LoopA available now! :)

    @cane creek yes, if it's basically the same part number, only a different color designator, it should work! If you watch the first LoopA videos on youtube, you'll see it had a blue newhaven OLED back then. Have fun building and have a nice holiday season! Best regards, Peter
  8. Thanks, @Elektruck! All credit for the LoopA metal case goes to @AdrianH, as usual! :) Have fun soldering and have a nice xmas time! Peter
  9. midiphy SEQ v4+

    @Adam Schabtach wohoo, it's great to see it come together! Congrats to your build and thanks for the nice and very relaxed communications along the way! Hopefully you will have lots of fun with your new v4+ and get lots of inspiration from it. From the functionality standpoint it is a beast for sure, i still discover new features from time to time :). Many greets and have a happy holiday time! Peter
  10. Happy holidays! :) Here is a sneak preview of the upcoming 2020 LoopA "Pro" Metal Case, designed by Hallik Engineering: Hope that you like it and that the first LoopAs out there are already being built and maybe are even already used! :) Have a relaxing and healthy holiday season! Best regards, Peter
  11. LoopA Pro Metal Case

    Merci bien, Bruno!
  12. LoopA Pro Metal Case

    From the album LoopA

    Revealing the brand new design plans for the new midiphy LoopA pro metal case, hope you enjoy! :) The final production version from Hallik Engineering might look slightly different, as this is just a photo simulation. Note, that you can easily install the available "caseless LoopA kit" into this case, when it is available, so you could already build and operate your LoopA now, and put it in the metal case in early 2020! Have happy holidays & enjoy creating! Peter  
  13. @Smithy, super cool and very nicely done! What was your total time to build it? 8-10 hours? Now awaiting your first official jam with it! :) Many greets! Peter  
  14. "P-Locks" for Midibox Seq 4 ?

    While the concept is differently named than on the Elektron sequencers, the parameter layers of the MIDIbox SEQ are very powerful and allow a "per-step" modification ("parameter locks") of different parameters. Basically, up to 16 such layers can be enabled per track/sequence, and of course you have 16 tracks/sequences that can run in parallel! Available parameter targets (layer names) are e.g. Note/Velcity/Gatelength/Chords/CC/PitchBender/Delay/Probability/Roll. In addition you get trigger layers for functions like Gate/Skip/Accent/Glide/Roll/Random Gate/Random Value/No Fx. With these features and a "high-res" sequence using many steps (e.g. 256 steps) and a high divider value (to play back steps quicker to retain the same short sequence runtime), you should be able to create almost anything that can be achieved with MIDI outputs, from drumrolls to filtersweeps, to... whatever you can imagine! :) Many greets and enjoy! Peter
  15. Congrats to the finished build, well done! :) I think you are right with the M3 nuts for the case interlocks, these should be low-profile nuts and we probably have packed normal-sized M3 nuts in the first kits. We'll contact all customers of the acrylic kit variant and (if required) send them eight replacement nuts! Other than that: hope the build went well for you and that you enjoy your new toy! :) Many greets, Peter