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Blackbox – A Compact Sampling Studio – Press Release

1010music Blackbox – The Standalone Touchscreen Groovebox with Sampling, Sequencing and Effects.

SYNTHPLEX Burbank, CA, March 29, 2019 – 1010music LLC (http://www.1010music.com), makers of highly regarded Eurorack modules such as Bitbox and Synthbox; now bring you Blackbox – the standalone, touchscreen sampling music workstation. It is on display March 29-31 at SYNTHPLEX (https://www.superbooth.com) in booth 35.

Blackbox is a portable sampler and groovebox that lets you record, save/load, apply effects and edit one-shot samples and beat-sliced loops. Create sequences with samples by tapping on pads, playing a virtual keyboard, using external MIDI controllers or by drawing-in notes using a standard Piano Roll editor on a fast touchscreen interface. Sequences can be played back to create song sections and entire compositions. Finish your song by mixing it, adding stereo effects and by saving it as a Preset for fast and easy recall.

Perform songs live and trigger samples on the fly. Blackbox makes it easy to create and perform music anywhere thanks to its compact and rock-solid hardware design. Just throw it in a backpack and hit the club.

Record hours of song ideas, jam sessions, and performances thanks to a microSD slot that enables you to expand internal memory.

Blackbox comes with gigabytes of premium samples and loops by SoundTrack Loops and Loopmasters to let you start making beats right out of the …box. See their overview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXa5u2SfoFo.

Blackbox – Your own personal sampler.

Features:

  • Record/edit samples and sequences to create songs via a fast, intuitive touchscreen interface.
  • Expandable microSD memory slot for importing WAVs, hours of audio recording/playback time and saving samples and Presets.
  • Combine loops with different tempos using built-in BPM synchronization and beat-slicing.
  • Play one-shot samples and loops from pads and/or a virtual keyboard.
  • Create and edit sequences using a standard Piano Roll interface.
  • Connect external hardware via USB to expand performance and control capabilities.
  • Make music anywhere thanks to a compact and nearly indestructible design.
  • Includes a sound library of beat packs with loops and one-shots by SoundTrack Loops and Loopmasters.
  • Input/output connectors to easily integrate with other studio and live sound tools: MIDI IO and Clock via USB and TRS, one 1/8” Audio In, three 1/8” Audio Outs plus a 1/8” Headphone/Stereo Output and USB power.

System Requirements:

  • Space on your desktop or table.

Availability:

Blackbox is available May, 2019 from 1010music.com and their resellers for $599 USD. For information visit https://1010music.com/product/blackbox and subscribe to our Newsletter at https://1010music.com/subscribe.

For user or dealer inquiries please contact sales@1010music.com, press please contact marketing@1010music.com.


About 1010music LLC

1010music LLC is a new company providing innovative digital music solutions. Most recently known for a suite of innovative touch screen eurorack modules including Bitbox, Fxbox, Synthbox and Toolbox. Previous work includes Traktor DJ by Native Instruments, (2013 App of the Year); Looptastic, a top 10 selling iOS music app; and MixMeister (now part of inMusic). 1010music LLC looks forward to pushing the boundaries of music creation wherever and whenever possible.

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Bitbox 2.2 Adds Highly Demanded Features

As a year end thank you, we made an update to the bitbox firmware.  It includes many of the popular requests we received on our forum:

  • Single screen mute/unmute control for all 16 samples
  • ADSR envelopes for all sample, clip, and slicer voices
  • Automated slice to grid feature
  • Control of the sensitivity of the automatic slice scanning
  • Automatic file previewing when scrolling through the file list. (Press the play button to enable this mode in the file browser.)
  • File previewing using the gate input for the selected cell
  • The ability to switch off the master compressor
  • Improved slice playback when triggering overlapping notes
  • New and improved screen brightness control

Download the new firmware today!  (Free forum registration required.)

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Euroshield – a Teensy Arduino Interface for Custom Music Manipulation on Eurorack

Los Angeles, CA, May 3, 2018 – Expanding upon their innovative product line, 1010music LLC has released euroshield – the eurorack music and audio interface for Teensy Arduino. This exciting new product can be seen at superbooth (https://www.superbooth.com) in stand E253.

Euroshield lets you generate or process audio and controller information your way, using the best of open source software and ready made Arduino hardware. New euroshield gets you started building your own instrument or processor with a selection of sample code that showcases real world music and audio applications. Euroshield audio and MIDI connectivity lets you integrate easily with other eurorack modules (including those by 1010music) to add unique sonic DIY flavors to your eurorack system.

Features:

  • Stereo audio input and output using the Eurorack -5V to +5V standard plus DC coupling allows control voltage connections.
  • MIDI input and output via TRS connectors.
  • Innovative design combines PCB with the front panel for lower cost and enhanced module accessibility.
  • Additional controls enable users to create a fully functioning product:
    • Two knobs
    • One push button
    • 4 LEDs
  • 10 demo Sketches including sample code for filtering, reverb, and VCO.

System Requirements:

  • Teensy Development Board version 3.0 up to 3.6 sold by PJRC and other sources. Version 3.2 is recommended.
  • PC or Mac for running the development tools and programming the Teensy module.
  • Arduino development tools – open source provided by the Arduino foundation.
  • Teensyduino development tools – open source provided by PJRC adds teensy specific functionality and a highly capable audio library.
  • Eurorack compatible case with power and 8HP available.

Euroshield is now available for $89.95 from 1010music.com and selected retailers. Visit our product page for more information.

For user or dealer inquiries please contact sales@1010music.com and for review and press inquiries, please contact marketing@1010music.com.

About 1010music LLC

1010music LLC is a new company providing innovative digital music solutions. Most recently known for a suite of innovative touch screen eurorack modules including Bitbox, Fxbox, Synthbox and Toolbox, previous work includes Traktor DJ by Native Instruments, (2013 App of the Year); Looptastic, a top 10 selling iOS music app; and MixMeister (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.

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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.