Routing MIDI to/fr Mult. ES Modules (Disting, General CV)

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Routing MIDI to/fr Mult. ES Modules (Disting, General CV)

Post by Naive Teen Idol » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:21 am

I've read through the forums and manuals but am still a bit confused.

At present I have the Disting mk4 and MIDI breakout (and love it). Were I to get another Disting or the General CV, would I need to replace the MIDI breakout with a Select Bus breakout to run MIDI to both modules? Or does the Select Bus not process the same MIDI information (meaning I would need both)?

Ideally, I'd like to have one breakout module send MIDI to and from the multiple ES modules. I do not (yet) have a module (i.e., Rene 2) that saves or initiates states.

Apologies if I missed a post that already answered this. I know some of this has been covered in various threads here but I'm not sure if it's all in one place or not.

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Post by os » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:03 am

A Select Bus breakout will send MIDI into multiple modules. It won't send MIDI out of them.

The disting will interpret MIDI on the select bus as regular MIDI. The General CV will not, currently - it will only use the select bus for select bus operations.

One thing you could do is daisy-chain the distings and use the 'soft thru' functionality.

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Post by Naive Teen Idol » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:58 am

Would a Soft Thru daisy chain work for a MIDI Breakout, Disting and a General CV? Or would that require a DIY switch?

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Post by os » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:30 pm

You could go

Breakout -> Disting -> (soft thru) -> General CV

You couldn't use the disting's MIDI out in this scenario, but you could feed the GCV's out to the breakout's out.

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Post by Paranormal Patroler » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:19 am

Is it possible to have a disting mk4 act as the select bus sender/controler? If not, is it something you'd consider adding in a firmware update? Seems very reasonable to be able to control Distings from one Disting.
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Post by os » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:46 am

It's not, and it's a hardware thing. There's no way the disting can send on the select bus. It's just not connected that way.

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Post by Paranormal Patroler » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:16 am

No worries, I assumed that would be the case. I can't think of any other reason why yhe Disting doesn't cover that ground also. Thanks for verifying.
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Post by Paranormal Patroler » Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:17 pm

Curious, isn't there a way to connect the MIDI expansion header to the select bus? Granted, the module wouls have to send the appropriate message then, but humour me, is that impossible?
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Post by os » Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:50 pm

You could connect the MIDI breakout to the select bus breakout, yes.

https://expert-sleepers.co.uk/selectbusbreakout.html

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Post by Naive Teen Idol » Tue May 19, 2020 6:59 pm

os wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:30 pm
You could go

Breakout -> Disting -> (soft thru) -> General CV

You couldn't use the disting's MIDI out in this scenario, but you could feed the GCV's out to the breakout's out.
Os, I'm trying to figure out how to do this. If I'm following what you're suggesting the cables should go:

Breakout In Pins --> Disting In Pins 5 and 4
Disting Out Pins 5 and 4 --> General CV Ins (not sure which pins)
General CV Outs (the other two pins) --> Breakout Out Pins

Is that correct? If so, my problem is I have a bunch of 8-way IDC ribbon cables that can't fit two pins at a time side-by-side. Do I need a series of 4-way IDC cables instead?

Sorry if this is kind of a stupid problem.

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Re: Routing MIDI to/fr Mult. ES Modules (Disting, General CV)

Post by os » Wed May 20, 2020 1:49 am

I would use some jumper wires e.g. https://uk.farnell.com/bud-industries/b ... dp/2762507
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