MINDBURNER MIDI Stable Source MIDI CLOCK GENERATOR x4 outs
Product Code MIDICLOCK
Units in Stock 2
This device is an accurate and stable MIDI master clock.
It has one MIDI input and four identical outputs.
Easy to read white LED display.
What does it do?
A solid stable MIDI master clock suitable for setups where synths and modules respond to MIDI clock.
This can be any 2.1mm 9-12v DC power supply 1A+ capacity, tip positive. Not supplied.
Runs nicely off a 9v battery and suitable 9v to 2.1 mm lead/holder. Loads on eBay.
Handy for a quick jam. DC power recommended for long sessions though.
Modes - Internal/external:
The switch at the left of the unit sets the mode. When the green LED is lit, the device is set as internal i.e. master clock. Background clock is continuously sent out. This is probably the main mode. In this mode the device acts as a standalone MIDI clock source, an accurate master for all your other synths and modules. Any incoming MIDI data e.g. playing a keyboard will be passed thru from MIDI input to outputs together with the clock .
When the green LED is off, the device is in external i.e. bypass mode. In this mode the LED display will attempt to guess the incoming tempo. This is just an indication and will be 1-2 BMP out on average. Incoming MIDI data will be passed thru from MIDI input to outputs. The device generates nothing.
This is used to set the tempo. Pressing it down will send start and stop messages, effectively starting and stopping the clock.
This resets the device, usually to whatever BMP was set when the last power down occured.
This shows tempo BPM. The top rightmost segment flashes to the beat (up to tempo 200). The bottom rightmost segment lights up when clock start/stop is being output. (please note there may a different, smaller knob on the device you receive)
This allows the user to tap out a beat. The device will attempt to lock to the tapped tempo. 3 Taps are required.
The 3.5mm jack can be use to remotely start the clock. E.g. A lead could be wired to a remote switch or a footswitch could be utilized if a 3.5mm to 6.35mm adapter was used.
- 4 Outputs
- The red LED indicates background clock activity or MIDI in activity.
- BPM 10-350
- The last used tempo is remembered on power down.
- MIDI IN data is passed thru to the 2x MIDI outputs in both modes.
- Background Clock is always running in INTERNAL mode.
- This units outputs can pass so called 'MIDI power' to power self powered devices etc.
- Dimensions 100W x100L x25H mm.
- Power consumption 71mA
My MIDI to DINSYNC module can be used to add CV clock options to this stable source. It works well for example to drive a TR606 and TB303 in perfect timing.
A Note on DAW's
Whilst I designed this unit to do away with a DAW..
I have been asked if it's possible to sync a DAW (Cubase, Reaper, Abelton etc) to this device. Most DAWS are designed to sync to MTC (MIDI Time Code) rather than MIDI clock. These are not the same thing. My device and many others puts out MIDI clock so it's not really doeable, although depending on the DAW, it may be possible.