John E. Finster

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  1. tutorial: how to create custom glcd fonts, icons and bars for Midibox NG

    Hi Marxon,   I just converted your *.bmp to *.xpm with Gimp Portable 2.8.10 (see attachement). No problems here...   Unfortunately I can´t tell what the problem might be on your end. I´ve not seen this error before. If I had to take a guess I would say maybe there is an issue with the file path (dots, exponents). I´ve encountered errors with paths like this before. Not necessarily with Gimp, but with other Apps.   Other than that I´m afraid I can´t be of much help.   Your *.bmp looks fine, the *.xpm I created seems to be in order and ready for further processing.   Till you get around this problem I´m happy to convert your *.bmps. Just pm me.     @mono:   Nice work with the spreadsheet. I´m not that deep into excel, so I can´t entirely follow your process. Maybe you could upload a sample sheet, so I can have a deeper look.     Greets
  2. Nicely done! And it was build in a relatively short time.   Much respect.
  3. tutorial: how to create custom glcd fonts, icons and bars for Midibox NG

    Thanks for these tipps. Both are very usefull apps. I included them in my tutorial und updated it. For other changes see initial topic.
  4. tutorial: how to create custom glcd fonts, icons and bars for Midibox NG

    Yeah, it is tough to create good looking fonts if they have to be a) this small and b) only black and white. If you´re looking on the internet, then try to find some dedicated lcd fonts or particular small or squared fonts as a template.   I think the true potential here lies in creating nice icons or bars, especially since the original glcd fonts from TK are nice to look at and functional.
  5. tutorial: how to create custom glcd fonts, icons and bars for Midibox NG

    @FantomXR   Glad you got it to work  :happy: . Maybe you could post a picture of your work once you´re done, I´m pretty curious.   @TK   Thanks. I hope it will be of some help to others.
  6. Hi, I finally came around and compiled a brief tutorial on how to create glcd fonts for Midibox NG.   It can be found on my wikipage here.     I hope it´s comprehensable. If any questions arise, don´t hesitate to ask. I will try to help as well as I can. Also, if you find any mistakes I might have put in, just tell me.   Have fun!   my regards       EDIT: Update 01.05.2014: Small changes, mostly fixing linguistic errors and adding additional hints.   EDIT: Update 11.05.2014: - Tutorial now on seperate wiki page                                           - including "little helpers" section with usefull designing apps
  7. Core STM32F4 question

    I believe the STM32F4 comes with its own usb connector so the core board doesn´t have to provide one like the LPC17 core board.
  8. Core STM32F4 question

    If i´m not mistaken a STM32F4 core board is already available at Tim´s. I ordered one a few days ago. I don´t know if the current SEQV4 firmware supports the new core though,I´ve hadn´t have a chance to test it yet.
  9. [FR] Expression Layer

    Thanks for considering this, TK. Looking forward to the new firmware.   my regards
  10. Upcoming MBHP_MF_NG module

    Nice work, mindjuice. Would you mind sharing the layout?   Greets
  11. [FR] Expression Layer

    Hi, I thought about this for a long time and want to throw some ideas around now. I really think this could be a very helpful feature.   The feature I was thinking about is a dedicated expression layer within the parameter layers. This expression layer could provide fixed midi notes for keyswitching or note name maps. The notes showing in the edit screen could be named individually.   The "expression maps" (hope this term is not protected by steinberg :happy: ) could be external text files stored on the sd card. They could be loaded when the expression layer is assigned to a parameter layer inside the track event page.   Trk. Type Steps/ParL/TrgL Port Chn. Edit Layer controls Load Map G1T1 Note 256 4 8 USB1 01 Name A Expr Violin PRESETS INIT   The corresponding text file ("Violin.txt" in my example) could be stored in a seperate directory on the sd card and look like this:   // expression map for kontakt violin instrument // number name continuous 36 'sust' yes // sustain 37 'stac' yes // staccato 38 'pizz' yes // pizzicato ....   In the text file there could be defined:   - key - the name showing on the edit screen - whether or not the midi event should be hold until another event/switch takes over     Possible usecases:   - easier and more clear controlling of instruments with keyswitches without memorising hundreds of keyswitching notes for different instruments. - naming notes individually if an instrument is used that doesn´t require traditional notes (e.g. Reason Dr.Rex Loop Player. Instead of notes it could be more useful to see the slicenumber that is triggered, like 'sl01' for slice 1, 'sl02' for slice 2, ...   Or maybe 'rev1' for reversed slices). - creating adapted note names for drum samplers which are more complex to be played with a regular drum track     Like I said, these are just ideas, but I really believe many would benefit from this feature.     Thanks for reading.   my regards
  12. Song Position Action "END" does not stop the seq

    Hey, thank you very much. I´m ok with changing bits of the code myself.   my regards
  13. Song Position Action "END" does not stop the seq

    Hi, thanks for the reply.   I just found the entry in the changelog. I knew I overlooked something :-).   I tried your suggestion but still, the sequencer isn´t stopping. It just loops the last (muted) patterns.   I understand why this behaviour has been introduced, it is nice to have the sequencer looping the last patterns as a transition to other songs/patterns/... But on other occasions I would like to have the sequencer stopped at the end of a song (in practice sessions with others,....).   Anyway, thanks for the advice.
  14. Hi, I feel kinda silly to ask. I´m pretty sure I missinterpreted some of the infos in the manual or I overlooked a setting somewhere.   My problem is that the action "end" is not stopping the sequencer. It displays the correct song position on the right side of the song page (the position i assigned the action "end" to) but it keeps playing the last song position over and over again.   - I am using "song mode", not "phrase mode" - The sequencers clock is set to Master - the current firmware 4.079 is loaded on an LPC17 core - I am using a Guide Track since the length of the patterns are 96 beats   What did I miss?   Thanks and greets
  15. Trying to order a SEQ V4 parts... confused..

    Hi and welcome,   it partly depends on where you´re located and what electronics dealers you have access to.   PCBs you can get from SmashTV. Here you can either get a "standard" (Wilba) SEQV4 PCB, although I think it is not available at the moment. Or you can get seperate DIN, DOUT, DIO-MATRIX PCBs, if you plan to build a custom SEQV4.   Either way, you definitely need a LPC17 CORE PCB from Smash and a LPCXpresso board from Mouser/Watterott/Lextronic/Ebay... depending on where you´re located. There will be another, faster CORE MODUL available in the future, but I´m not sure, when this will be. For now, the LPC17 CORE will be the one you need.   If you choose to build a "standard" SEQV4, then you have to get some specific parts which fit this specific hardware design (like buttons, caps, encoders). More info about those specific parts and where to buy them can be found on Wilbas wiki page here. There you can also find more infos about the hardware design and how to build it.   If you choose to build a custom SEQV4 (after your own design ideas), then you´re more or less free to buy any kind of buttons, encoders, ... that suits your functional and aesthetic needs (within the regular Midibox hardware requirements of course).   For the rest of the electronic components (resistors, diodes,....), you can refer to any kind of electronics dealer of your choosing, depending on where you´re located. If you want to build a custom SEQV4 you can normally buy the other parts (buttons, encoders,...) there too.   You also need two 2x40 character lcds (HD44780 compatible) which can be best found on ebay for a reasonable price.     Hope it helps. If you have more questions, just ask.   my regards