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MIDIbox Plus

Created in January 2000

The MIDIbox Plus is a completly redesign of the first MIDIbox with better hardware (PIC16F874) and new functions:

16 next higher superlayers
768 saveable pot settings
special layers for AWE/SBLive, XG, GM, softwaresynthesizers und mixers
optional Snapper and Relative Mode
(simple) MIDI Learn Mode
LC Display
MIDI Merger

The superlayers extend the available layers to 96:

Superlayer 1-8

All controllers from 0 to 127, ideal for softwaresynthesizers. Every controller is available on 3 layers, so you can switch between different sound settings.

Superlayer 9.1-4 and 10.1-4

4 layers AWE/Soundblaster Live

Superlayer 9.5-6 and 10.5-6

2 layers GM synthesizer

Superlayer 11 und 12

6 layers XG synthesizer

Superlayer 13-16

6 layer for mixer settings (volume, panning, modulation, effekte) for all 16 MIDI channels

Direct Mode

Pots and Buttons can be used to send customized controller or note on events. The events can be configurated with a special MIDI learn function.

The LC display is no must if you don't want spend much money for the box. There are two different display modes: the fader mode and the value mode. You can switch between the modes via doubleclick on any layer button.

Fader Mode

Value Mode

With the integrated MIDI Merger it is easy to plug other MIDI devices into the box and to forward their data streams. On this way you don't need a second MIDI Interface to connect the Box and a keyboard with your computer. Also you can cascade the box to get 16, 24, 32 or more pots.

Available Layers

64 layers are available for software synthesizers. This mean, you can change 512 parameters with your MIDIbox. The Layer Map:

Layer

Pot1

Pot2

Pot3

Pot4

Pot5

Pot6

Pot7

Pot8

01-1, 01-3, 01-5

$00 XX

$01 XX

$02 XX

$03 XX

$04 XX

$05 XX

$06 XX

$07 XX

01-2, 01-4, 01-6

$08 XX

$09 XX

$0a XX

$0b XX

$0c XX

$0d XX

$0e XX

$0f XX

02-1, 02-3, 02-5

$10 XX

$11 XX

$12 XX

$13 XX

$14 XX

$15 XX

$16 XX

$17 XX

02-2, 02-4, 02-6

$18 XX

$19 XX

$1a XX

$1b XX

$1c XX

$1d XX

$1e XX

$1f XX

03-1, 03-3, 03-5

$20 XX

$21 XX

$22 XX

$23 XX

$24 XX

$25 XX

$26 XX

$27 XX

03-2, 03-4, 03-6

$28 XX

$29 XX

$2a XX

$2b XX

$2c XX

$2d XX

$2e XX

$2f XX

04-1, 04-3, 04-5

$30 XX

$31 XX

$32 XX

$33 XX

$34 XX

$35 XX

$36 XX

$37 XX

04-2, 04-4, 04-6

$38 XX

$39 XX

$3a XX

$3b XX

$3c XX

$3d XX

$3e XX

$3f XX

05-1, 05-3, 05-5

$40 XX

$41 XX

$42 XX

$43 XX

$44 XX

$45 XX

$46 XX

$47 XX

05-2, 05-4, 05-6

$48 XX

$49 XX

$4a XX

$4b XX

$4c XX

$4d XX

$4e XX

$4f XX

06-1, 06-3, 06-5

$50 XX

$51 XX

$52 XX

$53 XX

$54 XX

$55 XX

$56 XX

$57 XX

06-2, 06-4, 06-6

$58 XX

$59 XX

$5a XX

$5b XX

$5c XX

$5d XX

$5e XX

$5f XX

07-1, 07-3, 07-5

$60 XX

$61 XX

$62 XX

$63 XX

$64 XX

$65 XX

$66 XX

$67 XX

07-2, 07-4, 07-6

$68 XX

$69 XX

$6a XX

$6b XX

$6c XX

$6d XX

$6e XX

$6f XX

08-1, 08-3, 08-5

$70 XX

$71 XX

$72 XX

$73 XX

$74 XX

$75 XX

$76 XX

$77 XX

08-2, 08-4, 08-6

$78 XX

$79 XX

$7a XX

$7b XX

$7c XX

$7d XX

$7e XX

$7f XX

Also the MIDIbox supports controlling soundcards with EMU chip like AWE and Soundblaster Live! You can play with your EMU soundcard over a MIDI monitor with MIDI thru function or with a sequencer. The Map for the EMU Chip is:

Layer

Pot1

Pot2

Pot3

Pot4

Pot5

Pot6

Pot7

Pot8

09-1, 10-1

Volume

Panorama

Expression

Modulation

LP CutOff

LP Reson.

Chorus

Reverb

09-2, 10-2

LFO1 Delay

LFO1 Freq.

LFO1->Pitch

LFO1->Vol.

LFO1->CutOff

LFO2 Delay

LFO2 Freq.

LFO2->Pitch

09-3, 10-3

Env1 Delay

Env1 Attack

Env1 Hold

Env1 Decay

Env1 Sustain

Env1 Release

Env1->Pitch

Env1->CutOff

09-4, 10-4

Env2 Delay

Env2 Attack

Env2 Hold

Env2 Decay

Env2 Sustain

Env2 Release

-

-

You want to controll a GM synthesizer with the MIDIbox?

Layer

Pot1

Pot2

Pot3

Pot4

Pot5

Pot6

Pot7

Pot8

09-5, 10-5

Volume

Panorama

Expression

Modulation

Portamento

Chorus

Reverb

-

09-6, 10-6

Attack

Decay

Release

Vib. Delay

Vib. Rate

Vib. Depth

CutOff

Resonance

MIDIbox Plus also supports XG synthesizers:

Layer

Pot1

Pot2

Pot3

Pot4

Pot5

Pot6

Pot7

Pot8

11-1, 12-1

Volume

Panorama

Expression

Modulation

Portamento

Chorus

Reverb

Variation

11-2, 12-2

Attack

Decay

Release

Vib. Delay

Vib. Rate

Vib. Depth

CutOff

Resonance

11-3, 12-3

Pitch Init

Pitch Attack

Pitch Release

Pitch Rel. Time

Vel. Limit Low

Vel. Limit High

-

-

11-4, 12-4

Bender Pitch

Filter

Amplitude

LFO PMOD

FMOD Depth

AMOD

-

-

11-5, 12-5

Modul. Pitch

Filter

Amplitude

LFO PMOD

FMOD Depth

AMOD

-

-

11-6, 12-6

PAT Pitch

Filter

Amplitude

LFO PMOD

FMOD Depth

AMOD

-

-

Superlayer 13-16 provide various Mixer Settings:

Layer

Pot1

Pot2

Pot3

Pot4

Pot5

Pot6

Pot7

Pot8

13-1, 15-1: Volume Lo

Chn1

Chn2

Chn3

Chn4

Chn5

Chn6

Chn7

Chn8

14-1, 16-1: Volume Hi

Chn9

Chn10

Chn11

Chn12

Chn13

Chn14

Chn15

Chn16

13-2, 15-2: Panning Lo

Chn1

Chn2

Chn3

Chn4

Chn5

Chn6

Chn7

Chn8

14-2, 16-2: Panning Hi

Chn9

Chn10

Chn11

Chn12

Chn13

Chn14

Chn15

Chn16

13-3, 15-3: Modulation Lo

Chn1

Chn2

Chn3

Chn4

Chn5

Chn6

Chn7

Chn8

14-3, 16-3: Modulation Hi

Chn9

Chn10

Chn11

Chn12

Chn13

Chn14

Chn15

Chn16

13-4, 15-4: Reverb Lo

Chn1

Chn2

Chn3

Chn4

Chn5

Chn6

Chn7

Chn8

14-4, 16-4: Reverb Hi

Chn9

Chn10

Chn11

Chn12

Chn13

Chn14

Chn15

Chn16

13-5, 15-5: Chorus Lo

Chn1

Chn2

Chn3

Chn4

Chn5

Chn6

Chn7

Chn8

14-5, 16-5: Chorus Hi

Chn9

Chn10

Chn11

Chn12

Chn13

Chn14

Chn15

Chn16

13-6, 15-6: Variation Lo

Chn1

Chn2

Chn3

Chn4

Chn5

Chn6

Chn7

Chn8

14-6, 16-6: Variation Hi

Chn9

Chn10

Chn11

Chn12

Chn13

Chn14

Chn15

Chn16

Alternative Modes

Three alternative modes are available. They were created for today pobular sequencers and software synthesizers. You can enter this mode by switching MIDIbox off, selecting the respective button, switching MIDIbox on again. Informations about this modes can be found at the Tutorial Section.

Button

Function

Layer 5

Relative Mode

Layer 6

Snapper Mode

Memo

MIDI Learn Mode (->Direct Mode)
Directly selectable with the 16 pot version

Reset

Direct Mode
Directly selectable with the 16 pot version

Layer 5 + Reset

Relative & Direct Mode

Layer 6 + Reset

Snapper & Direct Mode

Demo-Song

Demo Songs I made with MIDIbox, AWE64 and SBLive Value can be downloaded at http://www.mp3.de/home/frequencies



Last update: 2018-05-10

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