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    I’ve been trying to figure out the ideal way to jam with musicians who are not electronically inclined and the thing that feels the most missing is a visual way to indicate when the measure restarts.

    if you were to enable bi-directional communication with the usb midi device port, sending a MIDI message to indicate the restart of a measure would be awesome.

    i could then program a midi device which contained lights to respond to that MIDI message.

    as far as I know there’s no standard MIDI message that does this.

    please correctly me if I’m wrong.

  • #2
    You could do this using a sequence cell and a TRS midi output. Create a one bar sequence with one note in it. You could mute the associated sample cell to make it silent on blackbox audio out. Then map the seq to a midi channel. Now you have a MIDI output signal at the start of each measure.

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    • #3
      You reminded me of a fun project from David Battino:

      https://youtu.be/lJ4Jkc6Y_UI

      https://youtu.be/QCROZ0KtTqQ

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Christine View Post
        You reminded me of a fun project from David Battino:

        https://youtu.be/lJ4Jkc6Y_UI

        https://youtu.be/QCROZ0KtTqQ
        Thanks for the links and the brainstorm.

        16 tracks is a lot of sequencing power and I likely won’t be using all of them to sequence so this is a good workaround.

        I was thinking of a foolproof version that would always work no matter how many sequences are running because that frees up every track for use musically.

        also I mentioned bi-directional midi on the USB device slot as well because it would be very convenient to use the USB port for something like this.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Christine View Post
          You could do this using a sequence cell and a TRS midi output. Create a one bar sequence with one note in it. You could mute the associated sample cell to make it silent on blackbox audio out. Then map the seq to a midi channel. Now you have a MIDI output signal at the start of each measure.
          That’s brilliant Christine!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Christine View Post
            You reminded me of a fun project from David Battino:

            https://youtu.be/lJ4Jkc6Y_UI

            https://youtu.be/QCROZ0KtTqQ
            christine have you seen the Illuminati that Bastl announced at Superbooth?

            That is exactly what could be used for this purpose!

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            • #7
              If you use the illuminati or similar MIDI USB out solution, which MIDI message would blackbox send to it? How universal is that? We would have to support a MIDI hub in that case in order to allow MIDI as input and output simultaneously.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Christine View Post
                If you use the illuminati or similar MIDI USB out solution, which MIDI message would blackbox send to it? How universal is that? We would have to support a MIDI hub in that case in order to allow MIDI as input and output simultaneously.
                Christine as far as I know the Illuminati only receives midi signals with standard midi input...

                the usb plugs on it power it’s lights. I think you can customize it to trigger as you wish with internal control settings.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Christine View Post
                  If you use the illuminati or similar MIDI USB out solution, which MIDI message would blackbox send to it? How universal is that? We would have to support a MIDI hub in that case in order to allow MIDI as input and output simultaneously.
                  Guys - the retrokits people are working with me on some arduino code to do this... Check out their post:

                  https://www.instagram.com/p/BxmfbMeh...=16fdyhdyj924v

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                  • #10
                    Let me recommend that you get a Teensy and configure it as a USB MIDI device. Then you can connect it directly to Blackbox's USB device port and power it. From there, some simple code to track the MIDI clock messages would open the door for beat synchronized fun.

                    As an alternative, the clock output is a simpler way to go, but requires that you power your arduino separately.

                    Enjoy.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Aaron View Post
                      Let me recommend that you get a Teensy and configure it as a USB MIDI device. Then you can connect it directly to Blackbox's USB device port and power it. From there, some simple code to track the MIDI clock messages would open the door for beat synchronized fun.

                      As an alternative, the clock output is a simpler way to go, but requires that you power your arduino separately.

                      Enjoy.
                      Thanks for the tips Aaron!

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