Control Solenoids, Lamps, LEDs, Relays, Motors etc. using MIDI. NEW VERSIONDesigned by Sixty Four Pixels in United Kingdom
MIDI SWITCHER is a compact module that functions as a MIDI triggered, 8 port power switch. It comes fully assembled and tested and is a replacement for my previous MIDI Switcher DIY Kit, with impro...Read More…
MIDI SWITCHER is a compact module that functions as a MIDI triggered, 8 port power switch. It comes fully assembled and tested and is a replacement for my previous MIDI Switcher DIY Kit, with improved features and functionality
MIDI SWITCHER allows you to use your MIDI keyboard, sequencer or DAW to control low voltage DC loads such as:
It is perfect for making electro-mechanical musical instruments, controlling light shows from your DAW, making crazy robotic sound art installations or just about anything else you can think of!
MIDI SWITCHER is a “low side” power switch, which means that it switches between the (-) terminal of the connected device and power supply (-) terminal. It can switch DC currents that are referenced to ground, but not AC currents, signals or DC currents that are not referenced to ground (these limitations can be bypassed with an additional relay, with the MIDI SWITCHER driving the relay coil)
THIS DEVICE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR DIRECTLY SWITCHING MAINS ELECTRICITY Mains can be switched via an additional relay but I do not advise this unless you are qualified and experienced with working with main power!
Each of the eight outputs can be triggered by
The switching pulse can then be “shaped” as follows
MIDI SWITCHER is configured by MIDI System Exclusive (Sysex) files and a web form is used to configure it. Submitting new settings immediately downloads a Sysex file to be sent to your switcher. Try the web form at http://www.six4pix.com/switcher/patch.asp
MIDI SWITCHER has flexible power options including a 2.1mm socket for low power applications and screw terminals for higher power. A power link jumper enables the microprocessor power circuit to be disconnected from the loads, allowing them to run at up to 100V DC and 8A per output. I recommend that the total continuous current through the board be limited to 8A, but higher currents can be supported in pulsed applications (such as solenoids). The main thing is to ensure the supply is adequate for the loads and nothing on the board is overheating during use.
Two MIDI SWITCHERs can be connected with a single additional wire to allow them to share a single MIDI input and power supply. More switchers can be used in an application if an external MIDI splitter is used. The hardware features
Here's a great demo clip by midierror
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