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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.

 

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fxbox User Manual Available for Download

Are you ready to learn how to use all of the features of fxbox?  Then we have the document for you! The fxbox User Manual is now available for download on our support page.  Check it out and learn how to restore factory presets, trigger an effect via MIDI input,  modulate effect parameters via external inputs and more.  Become an expert fxbox user and download the user manual today!

If you would rather see fxbox in action, check out the fxbox Demo Video also on our support pages.

Superbooth 2017

1010music will be making its international debut in Germany in April at the Superbooth at FEZ Berlin. We are looking forward to hanging out with users and members of the industry when the event takes over the children’s museum. See you there.

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fxbox is Now Shipping!

1010music LLC is excited to announce the release of our latest product: fxbox!  fxbox adds new creative possibilities to Eurorack, with its straightforward touch screen interface, high-quality 24-bit audio path, and innovative sound manipulation capabilities. This 26HP eurorack module was shown at NAMM and lauded for adding refreshing performance effects options to the eurorack format. fxbox combines 16 realtime effects with control via touch screen, continuous knobs and external modulators. An XY pad lets you control three different aspects of the sound at once to let you morph your sounds in realtime and an internal step sequencer provides yet another way to create tricked out, remix effects. Create complex layers and builds using the touch screen to isolate individual effects. fxbox breathes new life life into pads and other sounds, and can add alternate timing and variety to rhythmic parts. It also can use external clock or MIDI to sync with other modules and external devices. It comes with 50 great-sounding factory presets to get you started, plus it offers a huge number of user presets.

Learn more about fxbox in our press release and buy it now at one of our dealers or here on 1010music.com.

Sync 02 in Portland

We’re pleased to announce that we will be showing our current and new products at the upcoming Sync 02 event. It’s in Portland, OR on March 4th. We hope to see you there.

Visit the event Facebook page.

 

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Bitbox Firmware 1.2

We are pleased to make version 1.2 available to you. This is a release candidate, meaning we are gearing up to burn it onto new devices coming from our factory. We would love to get your feedback on this new version.

Bitbox 1.2 new features

  • Support of folders on the microSD card when reading WAV files
  • Record monitoring options that let you hear the incoming audio or not, plus an automatic setting to switch it off upon finishing a recording.
  • All the new features in version 1.1
  • Lots of bug fixes.

To install new firmware onto your Bitbox, please do the following:

  1. Copy the desired firmware onto a microSD card. Unpack the ZIP file if necessary
  2. Rename the file as MATRIX.BIN (On some systems extensions are hidden, so you can skip the .BIN)
  3. Insert the microSD card into your Bitbox
  4. While powering up the unit, hold the Home and Info buttons. When you see the message about upgrading the firmware, you can let go.
  5. When the upgrade finishes in about 15 seconds, the unit will restart with the new software
  6. You can check what version you are running on the top level screen by pressing home as many times as is necessary.

Bitbox Firmware 1.2.1

Thanks for your support.

The 1010music Team