[BUILD] Seismic spink-0 ableton link euro DIY module

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[BUILD] Seismic spink-0 ableton link euro DIY module

Post by synthcube » Thu May 10, 2018 2:46 pm

Remember the pink-0? Seismic has now released the spink-0 -- euro guys are now able to build an open-source synth module to connect their rig wirelessly using Ableton’s Link technology--. The spink-0 adds Link compatibility to any modular synth, allowing it to jam with Ableton Live, selected iOS apps and lots of other stuff.

This isn't your mama's beginner DIY module, but if you have some experience and recognize this for the amazing capability it brings, you may want one!

pcb sets are available from seismic directly
http://seismic.industries/spink-0/

and also from us here:
http://synthcube.com/cart/seismic-industries-spink-0
It may be available elsewhere, we're not certain.

Please feel free to use the thread for build examples, questions etc. As the Seismic guys state themselves, this is a rev1.0 development --so it may need a little extra effort, tweaking etc.

But definitely worth taking a look !
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Post by Misk » Thu May 10, 2018 2:52 pm

Looks great! gotta get my SMD chops up a bit on this ripples, but then i'll be sending disposable income their way.

Probably your way too—been drooling over a few projects on synthcube since i took the plunge into DIY! :deadbanana:

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Post by NANO-Jorge » Fri May 11, 2018 3:00 am

Good idea, cool project! :love:

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Post by oliq » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:07 am

I wrote a post on this great project for the Raspberry Pi blog: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/eurora ... th-spink0/

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Post by synthcube » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:55 am

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Post by seismic » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:01 am

wow! thank you for the shoutout!
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Post by juanchi999 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:20 pm

Ive built the spink succesfully and i could connect it to ableton link. Its awesome!!!
I have an issue sending the clock to beatstep pro. I cannot configure it to receive the clock from the spink0.
surely it should be something realted to ppq and lenght.
Any ideas how to configure the BS pro to make it work with the spink?

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Post by synthetek » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:26 pm

Sometimes the BSP requires a TRS cable or a stereo splitter cable for clock in to work correctly.

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Post by juanchi999 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:11 am

yes. thats correct. Needs a stereo divider cable, one for the clock and the other for the start/stop. Thank you

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Post by seismic » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:45 am

according to your picture you took the reset out instead of the clock out. that will make a veeery slow beat for the beatstepPro.
take the left output.

i also had ground issues with some usb powered devices. aldought i don’t have them at home.

PS: i'd change the default ppq value of the beatstep pro, but thats a personal taste and can only be done with the midi control center software from arturia.

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Post by seismic » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:50 am

that TRS thing made me wonder :)

-> quote from the beatstep manual:
The use of a TRS jack will provide both clock and start signals. A TS jack will provide only clock signals.
but thats enough for me, since the spink does make the count-in to the next beat.
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Re: [BUILD] Seismic spink-0 ableton link euro DIY module

Post by toneburst » Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:23 am

Sorry to dredge up this long-dead thread, but...

I seem to have lost the Inductor, L1. Trying to source a replacement locally (in the UK), but can't find the exact part.

This is the original:
https://onecall.farnell.com/tdk/nlcv32t ... T-R10M-PFR

Would this part work OK?
https://onecall.farnell.com/tdk/nlcv32t ... dp/2747782

The specs seem identical except for "DC Resistance Max" (0.02ohm in the case of there original, 0.024ohm for the other).

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Post by toneburst » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:27 am

Panic over. I think I've found the lost part, anyway.

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Re: [BUILD] Seismic spink-0 ableton link euro DIY module

Post by toneburst » Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:43 am

If someone (not me, obviously, aham..) was stupid enough to have forgotten to add the little bit of wire to connect to GND of the mainboard to the control board, and powered up the module, might something Bad happen to the PiZero?

Yes.. I Was that person.. :(

having now made that connection, my module is now working perfectly, except none of the mode LEDs is working. Could powering the module without the GND connection between the boards have somehow "taken out" the GPIO pins on the PI that are connected to the LEDs?

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Re: [BUILD] Seismic spink-0 ableton link euro DIY module

Post by seismic » Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:12 am

toneburst wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:43 am
If someone (not me, obviously, aham..) was stupid enough to have forgotten to add the little bit of wire to connect to GND of the mainboard to the control board, and powered up the module, might something Bad happen to the PiZero?

Yes.. I Was that person.. :(

having now made that connection, my module is now working perfectly, except none of the mode LEDs is working. Could powering the module without the GND connection between the boards have somehow "taken out" the GPIO pins on the PI that are connected to the LEDs?
no - nothing bad should happen. did that too once. just the LEDs, the encoder and the button won't work.
if you connect it these should start working. -> if not - check soldering of the not working parts, the 10pin connectors on both boards, as well as the pi's GPIO pins.
you can check the states of the GPIO pins with "gpio readall". there you can see if you press the button, or a led should be lit.
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Post by toneburst » Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:19 am

Ah, great, thanks for getting back to me! I've just had a look at the schematic, and the LEDs seem to be connected directly to the Pi GPIO pins, via P4/P5, so I will check soldering of those 10-pic headers, as you suggest.

Thanks again for the super-quick response!

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Post by seismic » Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:55 am

yes they are, trough a current limit resistos (R1-4 on the displayboard)

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Post by toneburst » Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:25 pm

Doh! Turns out I had all the surface-mount LEDs in the wrong way round. Turned them round, and now all working!

Sorry to waste your time, @seismic.

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Re: [BUILD] Seismic spink-0 ableton link euro DIY module

Post by toneburst » Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:48 pm

Anyone got any part no.s for a good encoder knob? I'm struggling to find any Knurled/T18 knobs.

The speced encoder in the BOM (https://www.digikey.co.uk/products/en?k ... 929K-S0015) has a really short shaft, too, so I'm a bit worried any knob I found is likely to be a bit wobbly. Anyone else found this to be a problem? Or not?

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Post by toneburst » Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:38 am

Are people finding they need a trigger delay type module in combination with their Spink0, in order to successfully sync their modular to computers running Live?

I'm finding there's a significant offset between the two. I presume this is caused by the relatively high audio buffer setting I'm obliged to have on my ageing iMac, but I had thought that Live and/or the Link system would somehow compensate for this. It appears not, however.

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Post by EATyourGUITAR » Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:05 am

can someone explain the purpose of the panel cutout? dust collector inlet? active cooling? modular anti-theft kill switch?
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Post by seismic » Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:40 am

EATyourGUITAR wrote:
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can someone explain the purpose of the panel cutout? dust collector inlet? active cooling? modular anti-theft kill switch?
behind it is the wifi antenna etched on the PIzero's board. but it's also a good dust collector
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Post by seismic » Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:42 am

toneburst wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:38 am
Are people finding they need a trigger delay type module in combination with their Spink0, in order to successfully sync their modular to computers running Live?

I'm finding there's a significant offset between the two. I presume this is caused by the relatively high audio buffer setting I'm obliged to have on my ageing iMac, but I had thought that Live and/or the Link system would somehow compensate for this. It appears not, however.
thats what LINK should do.. maybe try to additionally sync a phone app to it. like that you could maybe find out who's offset.
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Re: [BUILD] Seismic spink-0 ableton link euro DIY module

Post by toneburst » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:52 am

Thanks for getting back to me, @seismic.

I will do some further investigation, with my less ancient laptop, and see if that fares any better.

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Re: [BUILD] Seismic spink-0 ableton link euro DIY module

Post by toneburst » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:34 am

What are people using for an encoder knob for this module?

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