Enjoy this live performance from Ici & Lui: a guitar, a trumpet, a sampler, 2 vermona synthesizers and a MIDIbox SEQ!
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Made in Russia by gjvti:
MBSEQ V4 remote controlled by my new Button/Duo-LED matrix prototype.
The frontpanel hasn’t been created yet, and it’s difficult to push the mini buttons without button caps. But playing with this toy is already a lot of fun!
The BLM firmware is running on a dedicated PIC based core module and communicates with MBSEQ via MIDI. The optimized protocol is fast enough to achieve high refresh rates between 350 fps (if only a single line is changed) and 20 fps (if all 512 LEDs are changed).
After almost one year of work on the new MBHP_CORE_STM32 module, MIOS32, some example applications and documentations, I’m happy to announce the availability of “Core32″ kits in SmashTV’s MIDIbox Store, and the release of MIDIbox SEQ V4 as a public beta version!
(press the Reload button on your webbrowser if you don’t see the updated pages)
List of major changes:
- uses the new MBHP_CORE_STM32 module (ARM Cortex M3 based derivative)
- firmware completely rewritten in C – it can be optionally emulated under MacOS
- patterns/songs/grooves/configs/etc. now stored on SD Card in a FAT32 filesystem
- USB MIDI natively supported, MIDI events are sent more than 100 times faster to a DAW/virtual synth
- two “common” MIDI IN and MIDI OUT ports, up to 8 additional MIDI OUT ports can be added with MBHP_IIC_MIDI modules
- track length increased to 256 steps
- track memory can be partitioned, e.g. 64 steps and 16 parameter layers, or 256 steps and 4 parameter layers. Each track provides 8 trigger layers
- resolution increased to 384ppqn (16 times faster than common MIDI clock)
- new MIDI event scheduler concept priorises and sorts queued MIDI events
- new parameter layer options like “Pitch Wheel”, “Roll” and “Probability”
- special drum mode for easier editing of percusive patterns
- additional chords (now: 32 in Major/Minor scale)
- new track progression parameters like “Interval/Repeat/Skip”
- groove templates can now be customized and stored on SD Card
- Echo Fx with variable number of repeats, damp, tempo change, note incrementer (can be forced to scale!)
- LFO Fx with different waveforms, synchronized to track clock, step based selection of period and reset, assignable to Note/Velocity/Length + separate CC with definable ppqn resolution
- value range Limiter Fx
- Loop Fx (also nice for editing)
- overworked realtime record function with better quantisation
- hardware configuration file now read from SD Card. No need to recompile the firmware on changes.
Future beta updates will be announced here
A big thank-you goes to nILS for creating the layout of the MBHP_CORE_STM32 module, Bugfight and especially StrydOne and This for MIOS32 beta testing, Seppoman for providing the first STM32 presoldered prototype boards to programmers, SmashTV for providing STM32 presoldered PCBs to users, Wilba for creating the beautiful looking MBSEQ Frontpanel, Marco and Francois for beta-testing the firmware on their MIDIboxes, and to everybody else who gave me helpful proposals and mental support.
Best Regards, Thorsten.
Check out this demo video which demonstrates the new possibilities:
Swindus created this beautiful looking MIDIbox SID:
Recording of a live session, done with the MBSID, MBSEQ and a Roland SP404 Sampler for the drum sounds:
Picture by Lars aka. creatorlars:
The trigger pulse outs of the SEQ are hardwired to all the trigger inputs of my modules (drum modules and envelopes) from behind the panels — this way I don’t have to patch them. (The 6 modules on the left side are cloned 808 voices and other drum circuits.) You can see there is an “AOUT” module with the 16 jacks for CV/Gate outs. The back of the synth has an auxillary panel with the 2 MIDI ins and 4 MIDI outs from the SEQ. There are also two Footswitch inputs, for seq start/stop. I use it mainly to sequence analogue gear, the MIDI data is sent to sync our video projection software, etc. The Midibox SEQ is the core part of my rig and I’m in love with it. I want to build a new panel soon, with the 64 LEDs, and maybe a second MB808 seq too. I also am going to make a dedicated tempo display/BPM encoder.