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  1. OPL3 made in China

    Hi and welcome to MIDIbox! :) I'd say there is a 50:50 chance, that they are original and will work. That ebay seller in german ebay seems to  generally have quite positive feedback, but there are also some "fake component" comments. How it could work from their side is that they pulled/desoldered the chips from old hardware, i.e. old sound cards. That's also what i would recommend, e.g. get an old soundblaster with the OPL chipset from ebay for cheap and desolder with a heat gun - that way you can be quite sure it is an original! Most of all: have fun! Many greets, Peter
  2. midiphy SEQ v4+

    @Antichambre, probably the definitive version - it is nothing dramatic and should be quite easy to handle, as it will be quite modular (lots of small panels). Many greets! Peter
  3. midiphy SEQ v4+

    Andy is back from the states and has access to proper soldering and test equipment again :) Speaking for myself, we have finalized the move to the new house, thus i have more time. The v4+ modular extension is super high on our list, we are working on it: validation phase next and we need to design the eurorack frontpanels :). Many greets, Peter
  4. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    @southpole you are welcome! Maybe not exactly the same, but you could also look into the native patterns of the MIDIbox SEQ - switching them on the pattern screen gives you direct access to different notes/melody lines on a group of four tracks, so you could also replicate the 16 x 16 step parts by switching through patterns, i think. Many greets and enjoy the weekend! Peter
  5. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    @southpole maybe helpful regarding your first question - have a look at "Fx Loop" in the handbook: Fx Loop Is this an "effect" or a "tool" which is useful while editing long sequences... decide by yourself:   Global Loop Mode: following modes are supported: All Tracks/Step View: loops all tracks around the visible step view All Tracks/Static View: loops all tracks around the selected Offset/Step range Selected Track/Step View: loops the selected track around the visible step view Selected Track/Static View: loops the selected track around the selected Offset/Step range Loop: enables/disables the Loop function. Can alternatively be switched via MENU+SCRUB buttons. Many greets, Peter
  6. midiphy SEQ v4+

    Great job, Bruno, Elektruck and southpole! Sorry for my absence, we were moving and I still have to unpack a lot of boxes until normal operations can proceed :). Because there was a discussion ongoing regarding resistors for color mixing and lowering the resistor values e.g. for custom keycaps with smaller windows - the superflux LEDs should be able to withstand more current, and in my experimentation i went as low as 10R for blue and green (use a higher value for red!) - but then the currents are way out of datasheet specs - you are on your own, then! :-) Imho it would be best to play safe and go for 47R, then these LEDs should have a very high life expectancy and the superflux brightness is then also somewhat balanced with the brightness of the OLEDs and the matrix displays. To achieve the red/cyan mix as seen in the first tutorial video, you can use a single resistor going from A to 1 (red color for the running step indication) and another single resistor going from B to 2 AND 3 (cyan color for the "step has a note" indication). That second resistor results in a blue-ish cyan, as the forward voltages of blue and green are slightly different, green will not be as bright as blue. You could also try with three resistors (there is a second hole in modern LeMEC boards or you could just attach to the same pin) for fine-tuned color mixing. Have a good evening! Many greets, Peter
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. @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  
  13. 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
  14. Little jam on Sunday Afternoon ;)

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