With each day passing, we are getting closer of having this midi-controller a reality, thought it would be nice to update you with what happened on the last couple of months (except for world-wide crazy epidemic).
So, What’s new?
The N32B already has a MIDI-USB connection and an analog 3.5mm TRRS midi output. I found it very useful to have an analog midi input as well. It might come handy when adding the N32B to a DAW-less setup, it will also be useful whenever you might want to customize the firmware to have a different use case (whatever it might be).
The new firmware is still under massive development and will support:
- The analog MIDI-IN.
- Dual use of the MIDI over USB alongside the analog 3.5mm TRRS MIDI connections.
- Advanced display options.
- Banks and custom setup.
I’ve been working on reducing the use of RAM as much as possible, since the midi libraries I used were too generic and heavy on the RAM.
After posting a preview of the N32B in a facebook group of talented makers, I got some feedbacks which I wanted to explore, such as NRP/NRPN messages. So far it looks like it will be part of the up-coming firmware release.
There is also planned web editor for customization – will post on that soon.
The project is now fully an open-source project! Hurray!
You can find in our Github repository the Kicad project with the schematics, board and gerber files. Since the new firmware is not ready, you will find a simple version, will update once a newer version is ready.
Enclosures – yes plural!
Still testing various enclosure options for 3d printing and some cool stands for diagonal positioning.
The plan is to have a thin version and a full enclosure for rough conditions 🤷🏽♂️.
Thought it might be nice to have a cover over the 7-segment display, here are the results:
Everything will be available for download in our repository soon.
Finally, after a lot of testing and an infinite amount of hours spent refining the PCB board, I sent them for small production manufacturing. Those will be assembled and carefully tested before starting to sell it.
Stay safe and do some noise!