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Looking for MIDI Switcher that handles MIDI Clock
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2022 2:02 pm    Post subject: Looking for MIDI Switcher that handles MIDI Clock Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello!

My MIDI Switcher is an old JLCooper Nexus 8x3 MIDI switcher.

It works ok however it does not work very well with MIDI Clock messages -- there are numerous dropouts.

I would like to find a MIDI Switcher that handles MIDI clock dependably and would like to know if you have any suggestions.

Currently when I work with clock signals, I have to exclude the MIDI switcher and patch directly to my devices. I like to change configurations and the limitation of my switcher has become an annoyance.

I appreciate any suggestions.

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2022 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi Kevin,
if you are tech-savvy, you could solve this with a RaspberryPi and a couple of cheap USB midi interfaces. You woud have to program this yourself (or find someone) but you have much more flexibilty this way.

I can confirm that this library in conjunction with NodeJS works perfectly with clock messages even on a Pi3:
https://github.com/justinlatimer/node-midi

Hope that helps!

Cheers, Dirk
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2022 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for the info and the library reference.

Sometimes rolling your own is the best solution!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2022 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

have you seen the MRCC
https://conductivelabs.com/mrcc/mrcc-880/
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2022 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thank you for the info. Looks like a good solution.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2023 1:30 pm    Post subject: Solved!
Subject description: My MIDI switcher is ok. The real problem was...
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I had pretty much resigned myself to a purchase of a new midi switcher.

However, I started to notice that the data dropouts happened at a kind of rhythmic pace. I further discovered that it would drop other messages, such as NOTE-ON events.

This made me think that perhaps this is an AC ripple/power supply issue. I swapped its 9 Volt DC supply for another one and the ripple disappeared and the unit tests out well with MIDI CLOCK and other messages.

So, I need only order a replacement power supply (though i think I will choose one that delivers a bit higher amperage it possible).

I want to integrate everything in my studio (2 digital hardware keyboards), my Octatrack, the hardware modular synth, my DAW and now WREN. I was really going around in circles to work around my MIDI Switcher and am glad to discover that it works just fine!

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