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  1. midiphy SEQ v4+

     @mcmurray just a heads up, parcel tracking says batch #2 of the cases should be delivered tomorrow or on tuesday, will make them available in the shop, once they arrive. As a new shop feature, you can now subscribe to "back in stock email push notifications", when you are logged in and are browsing the product detail page, e.g. of the case you want. Then you get an email instantly from the shop, when they are available. There probably is more demand than supply for this second batch of cases again, but we've asked Adrian to make batch #3 a bit bigger. If you don't manage to get a case from batch #2, the next batch should be inbound again in another few weeks. We'll get there and finally stabilize supply. Many greets, Peter
  2. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    @synaptech well done - congrats also from my side, you have deserved a cold one! :) Enjoy your new sequencer! Many greets, Peter
  3. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    @synaptech - that's good news with the encoder! As written above, i'd recommend to thoroughly check every SMT IC pin on LeMEC L - i had more than once problems with solder connections i thought were ok. You can "reflow" them quite easily. Please check the top pins of IC2 on LeMEC L, can't really see it in the photo, but there might be some solder missing, or they might not "reach" the PCB - check from the side with a magnifying glass. Good luck! Peter
  4. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    @synaptech one thing that happened once or twice at my side (built 6 lemec boards in total), was that the SMT IC soldering looks good as seen from above, but there was a little gap between IC leg and PCB, which can only seen from the side - no contact on a pin. This can happen when you "push on the IC", soldering a single leg first and the IC is not completely flat on the PCB. Therefore, i'd recommend to use a magnifying glass and check the 595s and 165s pin for pin, especially looking at them from the side. Looking at your pictures, on the LeMEC L, the upper right pins on IC2 might have suffered from such a fate - it should be easily corrected by re-soldering them with a fine tip and a tiny bit of solder. Many greets, Peter
  5. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    Congrats on getting it working again! As you heard my grumbling passage in the video tutorial "i should really get a mac" - really meant that at that time, as Windows seems to have quite buggy MIDI-USB. Restarting MIOS Studio or even Windows can help quite often. Many greets and have fun building, Peter
  6. @Wapata great, that's exactly its intended usecase! :) (you could optionally skip the DAW part, too and just have live fun with your loops, hehe :)) BLM = button / led matrix, usually used for its bigger brother, the SEQ v4+ - in the LoopA context, it would be smaller and consist of 6x6 backlit buttons to launch (and stop) clips individually. Plus it would contain an additional column for "full scene launching", just like in a quite well-known clip-based DAW :) Have a happy weekend and thanks for your interest in it! Many greets, Peter  
  7. All is correct! Two scenes have been removed to be able to store more notes per scene (all is held in memory) and to allow the upper left pushable encoder to cycle between two states when pushed. The active scene switching mode is visualized with the top or bottom LED around the top left encoder. These two scene switching modes are available: a) (default, as before) full scene switching - when a scene is switched, sync-to-measure-start all clips from the next scene - which would often "dramatically" change what is played back, as all six tracks' clips are launched from a new scene. b) single track scene switching - only the clip of the currently active track is switched to a new scene. This will allow for "subtle" changes - i.e. you could progress a drum track, playing different clips from it, while the other five tracks keep playing the same clips. These two principal modes of scene switching are necessary, as we have a mini BLM for the LoopA at least in our mental pipeline! :). It will allow direct playback access to every stored clip. Many greets! Peter
  8. Little jam on Sunday Afternoon ;)

    C'est bon! Very well done! Many greets, Peter
  9. Das ist in der Tat ziemlich unerquicklich - insbesondere da man ca 200 Pakete/Jahr versenden muss, um sich als Geschäftskunde zu bewerben...
  10. Troubleshooting midiphy SEQ v4+

    There is a number of possible reasons, from electrostatic discharge, shock (dropping) it, to that one not being as resistant to heat, a slight manufacturing diversion, or soldering it for one second to long - maybe the soldering iron was over the central part while soldering... We had some issues with the red ones in the current batch, that's why we test-burn all of them for a few hours in LeMEC conditions (assuming you are using 47R) and only ship good ones, Andy has built a cool testbed PCB for it - which could also be used for MIDIbox RGB pixel graphics arrays later on, we will add it to the shop, when we have a bit of time. So, to answer, either this one was bad undetected, developed the fault after shipping, or the handling caused it, it is impossible to say now -  that's why we put 5 of them for free into every bag of 35, so you have replacements. Can you measure the red forward voltage and compare with the other ones you have in reserve? If my theory holds, its Vf should be significantly higher than on the others, that's why it still lights up when using your DMM in diode test mode and does not light up in the LeMEC. Many greets, Peter
  11. midiphy SEQ v4+

    Agreed, the solution with tweezers and a lot of solder works nicely, had to do this a few times, too! Just try to avoid "pull-up" movements with the tweezers, as these might lift the pads. Another trick is to use two irons at once, if you have them available, even a backup 5€ cheap one from the hardware store will work :). For that, you also use a lot of solder to tin all pins first to achieve thermal conductivity. But then you heat up both sides of the smt part at once, holding both irons flat to heat up all pins. Then you can very easily push off the smt part after just two or three seconds of heating - usually no damage done and the removed part can be reused. Many greets and good luck! Peter
  12. midiphy SEQ v4+

    Hi Gerhard, thanks a lot for your efforts and work on this! We appreciate alternative parts lists a lot, they can surely help to save quite some money! One thing i've noticed while quickly browsing it: be aware, that some LEDs may have different specs regarding brightness, for example the 5mm RGB LED for the beat indicator looks like it is a "clear variant" - i've built an early version of the v4+ with one of those and it was a lot brighter than the diffused version in the mouser BOM - therefore different SJ resistors for that LED type would be required. Or you could use one of @Antichambre 's cool aftermarket beat LED diffusors :). Generally, we'd recommend not to save too much on connectors (like MIDI ports), as your sequencer should live for many years and those connectors will be exposed to some mechanical wear and tear over time - nothing is worse than a MIDI connection going bad during a live jam! :) Many greets and have fun building your v4+! Peter
  13. midiphy SEQ v4+

    @jingo great to hear, that you are happy - could you re-ask the arpeggiator/bus question over in the MIDIbox SEQ v4 release + feedback main thread? More people using it are watching it and at least TK. should have an answer :-). @synaptech you are not the only one - checked a few other parcels we sent on their way to the U.S. - it seems customs processing is slow at this time of the year. Might it have to do with the government shutdown? I found this: https://www.miq.com/resources/news/article/u.s.-federal-government-shutdown---u.s.-customs-and-border-protection-update/ I can confirm however, that one of the first v4+ cases has reached the continent of Australia and has been successfully delivered :). Many greets, Peter  
  14. midiphy SEQ v4+

    Hi @jingo a happy new year to you, too! :-) The new SHIFT button equals the old SELECT button, it just changed its naming convention, but offers the same functionality, as described in the manuals. Many greets, Peter
  15. MIDIbox SEQ V4+ midiphy Frontpanel Demo

    A great start into 2019! Looks very good in red/green and the melody flashback was fantastic! Many greets, Peter