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  1. Seq V4+ news?

    I've understood it like latigid on says, i.e. SEQV4+ will be compatible with the old Wilba front panel, as well as the "standard" setup (there are firmwares for several variants in the latest zip file). And I think we're already in the SEQV4+ era, because that's what the latest firmware is named (if I recall correctly), even if you use it with a Wilba frontpanel. From that point of view to talk about "SEQV4" and "SEQV4+" as if they were separate things makes sense only if we're talking about old firmware versions.
  2. MBSEQ V4L MkII problems

    Ok, I tried the attached firmware on STM32F4 as well as LPC1769 (also the matrix). They both work! Thanks! :-)
  3. Hi, I'm trying to get my MBSEQv4L mkII working. The MkII page says (at the start) that it is for use with both LPC17 and STM32F4 boards. Has it been certified that it works also on an LPC17? I'm asking because while the MkII board works ok with my STM32F4 (firmware 088), it doesn't work ok with the LPC17 (firmware 086) I have. The firmware 088 available on the MkII page (end of page) is only for STM32F4, while the MIOS32 download page offers firmware only for LPC17, and its version is 086. At first I tried to use the MkII board with a STM32F4. Everything was working except for midi in. Midi out was ok, as well as MIDI in via USB. The MkII page says that if there's problems with midi in, make a change in a session file. I did, but it didn't help. What is the midi in problem that requires changing the default session settings? Anyway, because I couldn't get the midi in working, I tried the MkII board with an LPC17 (firmware 086, the latest one available). However, now the MkII board worked only partly. The cursor LEDs (the red ones) were not lit at any point even though the seq was running, nor could I switch gates on. But it seemed like I could select bar, sequence etc., only that I couldn't switch gates on. Whether that was a problem with just the LEDs (so that a gate gets switched on/off, the LED just doesn't incidate it), or with the buttons as well, I couldn't tell because midi in/out were not working.
  4. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    I'm not sure, but if you look at the SEQ's CC implementation chart (found e.g. in the Beginner's Guide, search for "loopback"), only Bus1 is marked with "Loopback". However, the user manual section on the loopback function (search for "the loopback ports") seems to imply that any bus, not just bus1, could be selected for loopback.
  5. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    My understanding is that what you'd like to do is not possible at the moment, i.e. there's no way to avoid quantized notes from being cut off. Have a look at this message from some years ago when the matter was discussed previously. Apparently it's fixable in principle, but it's all about TK's time. (A kind of workaround is to set quantize to 0% and play very accurately ;-)  
  6. Midi_IO Troubles

    Not sure at all if it's the same problem, but I might have had something similar a while ago. It had to do with Midi Clock master/slave settings.  
  7. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    See section 4.2.1. (Copy, paste, duplicate, quick-export/import) of the Beginner's Guide: One or several tracks can also be quick-exported and imported. Multiple tracks within a single group can be selected with the track selection buttons, or any combination of tracks on the Track Selection page (available only as an F1–F4 button or as a saved bookmarks; see Appendices 1 and 2), and then exported with MENU + COPY. This will copy all data in the track(s), including settings, into the PRESETS folder, i.e. they're not session dependent. This means that you can have a maximum of sixteen tracks exported this way at any given time for all your sessions. The file names are of the form COPYx(.V4T), where x is the relative number of the quick-exported track (1–16). Relative means that if, for example, you have selected tracks G2T2, G2T3 and G2T4 and then quick-export them with MENU + COPY, they will be called COPY1, COPY2 and COPY3, even though their “absolute” track numbers are 6, 7 and 8.
  8. Create new session, press play, seq "hangs"

    Thanks for the info! I've now found out what the problem was. I have a keyboard synth with "local control off" that was controlling a number synths via the MIDI router, including itself. It was set to send and receive MIDI clock. With my "basic setup session" the MIDI clock setting was "Master", so this didn't matter, but in a default new session the setting is "Auto", and the combination locked up the seq. Now I don't send MIDI clock anymore from the controlling synth, and all is well.
  9. Hi, I was using MBSEQ (4.94, 4.95pre10) with my MBSID so that I was using the seq's Track Event menu's function to send a Program Change and Bank Change message at start of the pattern. I have two tracks, the first one to MBSID core1 on channel 1, and the second one to MBSID core2 on channel two. It would seem MBSID gets confused with these "simultaneous" PC and bank select messages, as with my other multitimbral synth (Waldorf Blofeld) there's no comparable problem in the same situation. Here's what happens. If I send a PC and Bank Select message on Ch1 but not on Ch2, Ch1 selects program and bank as expected. If I send a PC and Bank Select message on Ch2 but not on Ch1, Ch2 selects program and bank as expected. If I send one PC and Bank Select message on Ch1 and another one Ch2, Ch1 one selects program and bank as expected, but Ch2 switches as expected only when it's on some other program and bank than the one the message orders it to select; if it's on a different program and bank, the selection works. But if it's on the same program and bank, the program/bank selection is as expected on the screen, but the actual sound is the basic "Lead Patch" (I've tested only on the lead engine). If you now turn the MBSID's main encoder to select the next patch, and then turn it back to select the original one, it is the patch that the PC and bank select message was supposed to select. So somehow the messages select the right patch and bank, but MBSID nevertheless plays a "Lead Patch" (or something that sounds very much like it). So, it would seem that receiving two "simultaneous" PC and Bank Select messages works ok for the first target core, but not for the second. At the moment I cannot test whether it is like this for all cores (2-4) after the first. Can someone else replicate this? JL
  10. Hi, it's been years since I created a new session, as normally I've just loaded a "basic setup" session and saved that under a new name. However, today I was about to do some troubleshooting with SEQv4 and MBSID, and thought to create a new session just to make sure that I have a blank slate. But when I created the new session, I found that even though the session itself is created normally, and you can navigate any menus, add notes to steps etc., when you press play, the seq "hangs" in the first step. You can still navigate normally, add notes to steps, but the seq just won't move forward from the first step. MIOS Studio shows a continuing stream of "fa" messages. If you open another session (one of my old sessions, all of which are copies of a basic session I've created many years ago) and press play, playback works normally. So it's not "real hang" or a crash, as you can still navigate normally, open another session etc. But it would appear to be a problem with newly created sessions. I tried different versions of the firmware that I had on my computer (4.90, 4.91pre8, 4.92, 4.93, 4.94pre2, 4.95pre10), but all gave the results described above. Can someone else replicate this? JL
  11. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    I don't know if this is the problem, but live forwarding 'on' can cause confusion with simultaneous MIDI router settings. If you have Live Fwd on, the Fwd function will forward the notes to the synth, but at the same time you might be using the MIDI Router to forward those same notes to the synth as well. A further cause of double triggering of notes might be that your controller is a synth which has its 'Local' setting on; in this case notes are triggered by the synth itself as well as the SEQ (if Fwd and/or MIDI Router is set to do it). My personal opinion is that Live Fwd 'on' is good for certain setups (e.g. one non-synth controller with one or more module/desktop synths), but if you have a few controllers and a few synths, I think MIDI Router is more useful (and Live Fwd is 'off'). For example, I have four controllers, two of which are synths, and the synths' 'Local' setting is off. So if I want to play synth 1 with its own keyboard, I will have to choose the right track on the SEQ (the Router setting 'Sel. Trk' is very useful). See the relevant section in the Beginner's Guide for details.
  12. SEQ V4 Button Minimalism

    @tago Just to clarify, I was talking about the Wilba frontpanel; I don't know if buttons that could be removed on WFP can be removed in the new design as well. As to your question, see this page for the function of the up/down buttons (the buttons are on the right side of the jog wheel on the WFP). http://ucapps.de/midibox_seq_manual_fp.html
  13. SEQ V4 Button Minimalism

    Re pomics's idea: One display will not really work, because even if one plans using just 8 step sequences (and from that point of view one display would be enough), most menus will have selectable items in both displays, regardless of track length. Buttons on the Wilba frontpanel that I use rarely or never: scrub, metronome, solo, forward (>>), back (<<), pause, up, down. Copy, paste and clear could be left out as they're available in the UTILITY menu. Trigger and parameter layer selection buttons could be cut down to just one each. Group/Track quick select buttons could be cut completely (tracks can be selected e.g. on the EDIT page with a GP knob). However, given that both displays are necessary in practice, a minimised button setup is probably not that useful (just my opinion). My reasoning: if one display could be cut, then the minimal design would be very compact, but I'd say you really do need both displays. Memorising the "invisible" menu items by heart in several menus on the "missing display" is not a good option in my opinion. So the two displays set the minimum width of the front panel. If the intention is to make the front panel height smaller by getting rid of buttons, you'd need to eliminate a whole bottom row worth of buttons, and would gain a few centimeters by doing so, i.e. not that much (though sometimes a few cm can be crucial). If you're using separate DIN boards for your design, getting rid of a row of buttons saves 1-2 serial registers (+ wiring).
  14. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    No crashes here either, but I too did notice the slow start of the 'Save as' process. I don't remember whether the seq was running at the time or not.
  15. MIDIbox SEQ V4 Release + Feedback

    I tried the PATTERN page copy/paste in pre094. It seems that currently pressing COPY or PASTE copies or pastes all four patterns, instead of just the currently selected one. I'm not sure what the COPY+PASTE (pressing & holding COPY and then pressing PASTE) operation is doing. On the EDIT page the COPY+PASTE operation duplicates the content and length of the track (e.g. 16/128 to 32/128), but how does this translate into a pattern operation? One of the alternatives that would make sense is if pressing and releasing COPY or PASTE copies and pastes all patterns, and COPY+PASTE copies and pastes only the selected pattern. But when I press and hold COPY on the PATTERN page, the seq copies all patterns immediately. I would have expected that pressing and holding COPY doesn't do anything until I release the button, so that while pressing and holding COPY I can press PASTE as well if I want to activate the COPY+PASTE function. Or did I misunderstand something?