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Synthfest

We’ll be showing our now product, toolbox, at Synthfest in the UK. See you there.

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Synthbox Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:

1010music LLC

marketing@1010music.com

http://www.1010music.com

1010music LLC Delivers synthbox – The Touch Screen, Polyphonic, Wavetable Synth for Eurorack

Schaumburg, IL, September 11, 2017  – New for knobcon 2017 (https://www.knobcon.com/), 1010music LLC  (http://www.1010music.com) announced the availability of synthbox. This new polyphonic Eurorack module lets anyone simply connect a MIDI controller and start jamming immediately with 50 jaw-dropping sound presets. Then for the ultimate in tonal tweakability, the built-in touchscreen provides total control for choosing and shaping waveforms, adjusting envelopes, adding modulation, applying filters, effects and composing with step sequencers. In addition, hard-wired CV inputs and external clock or MIDI sync allow easy interfacing with other Eurorack modules.

With an expandable library of 100 wavetables, high-quality 24-bit audio path, and versatile control – synthbox will feed hours of synthetic, sonic satisfaction.

Features:

  • MIDI controllable with support for velocity, pitch bend, and modulation wheel
  • CV controllable with pitch, gate, and 3 assignable modulators per voice
  • 24 bit DACs and internal processing
  • 8 wavetable oscillators, 2 per voice
  • 4 waveform oscillators, 1 per voice
  • 2 envelopes, 2 LFOS, and a step sequencer per voice
  • Dual biquad resonant filters (configurable as HP or LP)
  • Global flanger, distortion, and stereo delay effects
  • Semi-modular control
  • Stereo or individual voice outputs
  • 100 wavetables
  • 50 presets
  • User wavetables via WAV files and a microSD card
  • 26 HP Eurorack compatible. +12V: 350mA, -12V: 0mA, 5V: 0mA

See and hear more about synthbox in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lZ6guXMKNg) New units can be purchased for $599.95 directly from 1010music or through a fine network of dealers that you can find at 1010music.comsynthbox is also available as a free firmware upgrade for bitbox and fxbox owners using microSD card and downloads available to registered forum users at forum.1010music.com. For user or dealer inquiries please contact sales@1010music.com and for review and press inquiries, please contact marketing@1010music.com.  A high resolution image is available for download.

About 1010music LLC

1010music LLC is a new company providing innovative digital music solutions. Most recently known for bitbox, the first touch screen, 24 bit recorder/player/looping module for eurorack and fxbox. Some of their past work includes Traktor DJ by Native Instruments, which earned Apple’s App of the Year in 2013; Looptastic which was a top 10 selling app for 2010; and MixMeister, which is now part of inMusic. 1010music LLC looks forward to pushing the boundaries of music creation wherever and whenever possible.

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Switched on Box

If you own a bitbox you can convert it to an fxbox or a synthbox, and vice versa. When you buy one of 1010music’s Series 1 Modules you get access to the firmware for all the modules in the Series.  Each Series 1 Module can run one set of firmware at a time, and can easily be converted to new firmware using the microSD card and downloads from forum.1010music.com.  Simply sign up for the forum, download the new firmware, and follow the instructions on the forum to convert or upgrade your module.

WHY CHOOSE ONE?

 When you buy a bitbox sampler today you can switch to the synthbox synthesizer tomorrow and the fxbox effects module next week.

STAY UP TO DATE

This also means that you can download new firmware to get the latest features for your module as they come out. For free.

SERIES 1 MODULES

  • bitbox
  • fxbox
  • synthbox

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

Share your thoughts and read what others have to say about product switching on forum.1010music.com.

knobcon

Go to knobcon in the greater Chicago area and see demonstrations of 1010music’s current lineup of products and future products in development. The event will also have workshops, music performances and other vendors so you can see lots of gear in action. Learn more at knobcon.com.

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Synthbox public beta

Synthbox beta firmware is now available to registered users of our forum. Here is the download page available to registered users.

Synthbox is a digital poly synth inspired by great audio plugins and vintage wavetable synths. It comes with a number of presets and wavetables. It embraces the eurorack world with per voice CV control and per voice analog output. It also works great with MIDI.

Please check it out and let us know what you think. Thank you for your support.

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Mini TRS Audio Jacks for MIDI Connections Compatibility Guide

Overview

Standards.  They offer us a means of ensuring compatibility by agreeing to all do things the same way.  But sometimes the technology gets ahead of the standards and we have some challenges to ensure compatibility. This is the case for Mini TRS Audio Jacks that are used to carry MIDI signals.  The MIDI standard does not currently define how to map the parts of the MIDI signal to the connectors of the mini TRS audio jacks. As devices have gotten smaller, however, manufacturers have gone ahead and defined their own mapping.  This has resulted in a few conflicting ways of doing the mapping, and as a result, some incompatibilities that are hard to predict until you get your equipment home and find it doesn’t work.

But as always the industry has found ways to enable compatibility between these devices. You just need the right adapters and the knowledge of when to use them.

MIDI 5 Pin DIN to Mini TRS Audio Jack

The standard MIDI connector is the MIDI 5 Pin DIN connector. If you have a piece of equipment that has a male MIDI 5 Pin DIN connector, and you want to connect it to a device that has a mini TRS audio jack, you will need an adapter.  But be warned that you need to have the correct adapter for your equipment.  1010music sells a black and white MIDI adapter that can be used with 1010music eurorack modules and any other compatible equipment. (More on that later.)  The MX4 module comes with two of these adapters in the box.

Mini TRS Audio Jack to Mini TRS Audio Jack

In some cases, you can patch directly between devices using mini TRS audio jack cables. 1010music modules use a mini TRS audio jack connection that is known to be compatible with the following:

Products Compatible with the Mini TRS Audio Jack Cables

  • 1010music products
  • Arturia BeatStep Pro
  • Novation products
  • inMusic (Akai) products

Products that use an alternative signal mapping for the mini TRS audio jack connections cannot use standard patch cords/mini TRS audio jack cables. Instead, these products can be connected by means of a pair of MIDI adapters. Use the 1010music black and white MIDI adapters to connect to the 1010music module jacks, then use the appropriate MIDI adapter to connect to the external device. The following products are known to require a MIDI adapter:

Products that Require a MIDI Adapter:

  • ADDAC System products
  • Arturia BeatStep (not to be confused with the BeatStep Pro)
  • IK Multimedia products
  • Korg products
  • Line 6 products
  • little Bits w5 MIDI module
  • Make Noise 0-Coast

See the Technical Specifications below for more details about the connectors used by 1010music products.

If your device isn’t listed above, how can you tell if the mini TRS audio jack connector on your MIDI device is compatible? Compare the technical specifications below with those provided with the external device, or just try it out. Either it will work or it won’t. Attempting to connect with incompatible cables should not damage devices designed in accordance with the MIDI spec.

Technical Specifications

1010music uses the following mapping. The diagram to the right shows the numbering of the pins on a MIDI connector and the labels of the connection components of a mini TRS audio jack. 1010music products are compatible with cables that use the following mapping of MIDI signals between female MIDI connectors and mini TRS audio jacks:

 

MIDI Signal MIDI Connector Mini TRS Audio Jack
Current Source Pin 4 Tip
Current Sink Pin 5 Ring
Shield Pin 2 Sleeve

 

Check the documentation for your other MIDI devices to determine if they use the same mapping or if adapters are needed. If they use the same mapping, then the devices can be connected directly to 1010music products with a standard patch cord/mini TRS audio jack cable.

If you find that the other devices do not use the same mapping, you can use a pair of MIDI adapters to connect the devices. Use the black and white MIDI adapters available from 1010music to connect to the 1010music module, and connect that to the appropriate MIDI adapter for the external device. You could also use this spec to make or buy a cable that converts the signal to the mapping needed.

You can learn more about the state of the industry for MIDI mini TRS audio jack connectors at The MIDI Association website.

 

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NEW: MX4 MIDI Multiple

We’re pleased to announce a new product: The MX4 Buffered MIDI Multiple. This 3HP Eurorack module provides a compact way to connect one MIDI source to up to 4 destinations. It is perfect for connecting your Arturia BeatStep Pro to bitbox, fxbox, and other MIDI enabled gear.

The MX4 comes with 2 sets of TRS to MIDI adapters to allow connection with any gear using the standard 5-pin DIN connection. It also comes with two 3.5mm TRS cables that can be used to connect directly between the BeatStep Pro, bitbox, fxbox, Novation Launchpad Pro, and other gear that uses the same TRS style MIDI connection.

We are also making the adapters and cables available separately. In particular, the MIDI adapter provides a standard MIDI connection for bitbox and fxbox. Of course, the TRS cables can be used for all our products. The MX4, $99.95 USD, and its accessories are now available from our website and will soon be available from our dealer network.

Thanks for your continued support. We couldn’t do this without you. Please stay in touch.