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    Hello, the Blackbox looks fantastic I will get is as soon as possible, a couple of questions

    How much on board memory is there in this?

    Does it stream all 16 samples directly from the card, or must you load them into memory first?

    Does it support stereo samples?

    What is the maximum sample length per pad?

    Can you have different step length for all pads/sequences so you can make polyrhythms?

    I read 4 voices per pad, so with all pads playing 4 voices at the same time I get 64 voices?

    What type of effects does it come with?



    Thank you very much

  • #2
    Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
    How much on board memory is there in this?
    Like bitbox, blackbox has 64MB of on board RAM. However, this is a cache--not a hard limit to what can be loaded at once.

    Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
    Does it stream all 16 samples directly from the card, or must you load them into memory first?
    It's a hybrid model where it streams longer samples and caches smaller sample as needed.

    Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
    Does it support stereo samples?
    Yes, stereo samples and stereo output.

    Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
    What is the maximum sample length per pad?
    Because it is streaming, the max file size is 4GB, which is many hours depending on the sample rate and bit depth.

    Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
    Can you have different step length for all pads/sequences so you can make polyrhythms?
    Yes. Each sequence has separate step length and step count.

    Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
    I read 4 voices per pad, so with all pads playing 4 voices at the same time I get 64 voices?
    You can reliably get 16 voices across all pads. Beyond that and it depends on whether the effects are running, CPU load, etc.

    Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
    What type of effects does it come with?
    It comes with a stereo delay and reverb.

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    • #3
      Hi again, thank you so much for those answers, a few more comes to mind


      Is that 16 stereo voices across all pads? or does a stereo file take 2 voices?

      Is there a lowpass filter per pad? or any filter in the Blackbox?

      What is the maximum sd card size you use with this?

      Is there a limit for how many wav files the Blackbox can recognize on the card?

      Does the Blackbox send an receive midiclock?

      Instead of sequence the sample with the piano roll, can the the piano roll be sent to midi out to a synth for instance?



      Thanks

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
        Is that 16 stereo voices across all pads? or does a stereo file take 2 voices?
        Voices can be mono or stereo. A stereo file only takes one voice.

        Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
        Is there a lowpass filter per pad? or any filter in the Blackbox?
        There is a single filter per pad that can be LP or HP. Please know there are currently no modulation options.

        Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
        What is the maximum sd card size you use with this?
        I just read that the theortical maximum is 128PB, which seems ridiculous. I can say we have successfully tested with 256GB cards,

        Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
        Is there a limit for how many wav files the Blackbox can recognize on the card?
        The only limit I am aware of is a max of 2048 files per directory. In practice, you will naturally avoid that limit in the interest of organizing your files in a sensible way.

        Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
        Does the Blackbox send an receive midiclock?
        Yes to both.

        Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
        Instead of sequence the sample with the piano roll, can the the piano roll be sent to midi out to a synth for instance?
        As of version 0.9.7, the piano roll sends to both the pads and the MIDI channel of your choice. Of course, you could leave the pad blank and have all notes played externally.

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        • #5
          Like the others here, I'm super excited to get my hands on a Blackbox.

          My questions are all about live sampling...

          Bigger question:

          Can you explain how this works?

          Smaller:

          Is it possible to sample while playing sequences?

          Is it possible to queue up the sample that's recording live so that it plays immediately after it finishes recording?

          If not, how quickly after a sample is recorded can it be played back?

          I'm totally willing to read the manual! Is it available yet?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by oHeFFeSS View Post
            Can you explain how this works?
            We will have a manual in a few days. Let us address the big picture questions in that document.

            Originally posted by oHeFFeSS View Post
            Is it possible to sample while playing sequences?
            Yes. There is also a preset length function that lets you grab a loop or phrase of a specific length.

            Originally posted by oHeFFeSS View Post
            Is it possible to queue up the sample that's recording live so that it plays immediately after it finishes recording?
            Yes, there is the option to play the sample back immediately

            Thanks for your interest.

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            • #7
              Hi super excited also for the blackbox, few questions

              - can the external input be used to process an external signal, for example, connect an external synth and use the internal fx to process the synth signal , with no need to sample it or an input monitoring option? (basically using the blackbox as a sampler and a two mono mixer)
              - is the midi out also a midi thru?
              - how robust is the touch screen?
              - do you need to format your sd card using the blackbox?
              - can the blackbox be used as an sd card reader?
              - can you play different samples with the same MIDI controller? (as layering a piano and a violin for example)
              - will future updates bring modulation options?
              - can you route specific pads or outputs to the headphone jack?
              - can you ship outside the US?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by manonthelivingroad View Post
                - can the external input be used to process an external signal, for example, connect an external synth and use the internal fx to process the synth signal , with no need to sample it or an input monitoring option? (basically using the blackbox as a sampler and a two mono mixer)
                There are a two record monitoring options: Always on and auto, which turns off the monitoring off once recording is complete. You can also shut it off.

                Originally posted by manonthelivingroad View Post
                - is the midi out also a midi thru?
                As of version 0.9.7, it is only a MIDI output.

                Originally posted by manonthelivingroad View Post
                - how robust is the touch screen?
                Nearly all of the people I have shown it to are happy with it. It responds quickly and feels solid.

                Originally posted by manonthelivingroad View Post
                - do you need to format your sd card using the blackbox?
                We supply a formatted micro SD card with content and presets on it.

                Originally posted by manonthelivingroad View Post
                - can the blackbox be used as an sd card reader?
                It wasn't designed for this. You could use it to browse WAV files on a micro SD card

                Originally posted by manonthelivingroad View Post
                - can you play different samples with the same MIDI controller? (as layering a piano and a violin for example)
                Yes

                Originally posted by manonthelivingroad View Post
                - will future updates bring modulation options?
                We do have some plans for modulation and there is a long wish list.

                Originally posted by manonthelivingroad View Post
                - can you route specific pads or outputs to the headphone jack?
                The heaphone jack is a composite of all outputs for monitoring purposes.

                Originally posted by manonthelivingroad View Post
                - can you ship outside the US?
                Yes

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                • #9
                  Thanks for all of your questions. We've done our best to answer them in the user guide. Find it at https://1010music.com/blackboxdocs.

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                  • #10
                    Will you be able to trigger song parts via midi?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JfefTrigsg View Post
                      Will you be able to trigger song parts via midi?
                      As of verion 0.9.7, that's not supported. You can trigger pads and sequences via MIDI.

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                      • #12
                        Hello, can´t seem to find if the filter is resonant or not, is it? thanks

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Aleksynth View Post
                          Hello, can´t seem to find if the filter is resonant or not, is it? thanks
                          The filter is on page two of the pads info screens. Look in the lower left. It is not resonant at this time.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Aaron View Post

                            The filter is on page two of the pads info screens. Look in the lower left. It is not resonant at this time.
                            Is resonance a future feature? I feel this would be awesome - especially once you add filter modulation.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by oHeFFeSS View Post

                              Is resonance a future feature? I feel this would be awesome - especially once you add filter modulation.
                              Thanks for the feature request. I will log it.

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