Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keyboard?

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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by Voltor07 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:12 pm

thealien666 wrote:
Voltor07 wrote:So, I've been thinking. It shouldn't be hard to make a cable that steals the 5V from one of the other inputs to go to the gate, right? Tip to ring on a TRS to tip to sleeve on a TS? :idea:


I think it would rather be, ring (+5v) from a CV IN (TRS) to tip of the GATE IN (TS), wouldn't it ?


I do believe that's what I said. Ring on TRS to tip on TS, sleeve on TRS to sleeve on TS. re-reading my post, I wasn't exactly clear. :oops:
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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by thealien666 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:18 pm

Hahaha! :lol: Sometimes I'm like that too; it's clear in my mind but not when I explain it... :shock:

EDIT:One thing that isn't clear, from the user's manual of the Minitaur, is if the GATE IN is TRS or simply TS ? I would assume TS, if it can only accept a +5V gate signal...
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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by Voltor07 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:25 pm

Doesn't matter if gate on the Minitaur is TS or TRS...even if it's TRS, the ring is lifted. :wink:
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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by muksys » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:29 pm

Voltor07 wrote:Doesn't matter if gate on the Minitaur is TS or TRS...even if it's TRS, the ring is lifted. :wink:


Frodo, NO!

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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by Voltor07 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:39 pm

muksys wrote:
Voltor07 wrote:Doesn't matter if gate on the Minitaur is TS or TRS...even if it's TRS, the ring is lifted. :wink:


Frodo, NO!

:lol: One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all, and with the voltage bind them. :wink:
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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by thealien666 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:43 pm

Voltor07 wrote:
muksys wrote:
Voltor07 wrote:Doesn't matter if gate on the Minitaur is TS or TRS...even if it's TRS, the ring is lifted. :wink:


Frodo, NO!

:lol: One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all, and with the voltage bind them. :wink:


Don't forget the ring to sleeve consequences ! (unless the ring is really lifted electrically) :wink:
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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by Voltor07 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:13 pm

If there's no voltage going to the jack, there's only two possibilities. A.)the ring is not attached to any voltage or B.) there is no ring. There IS a third possibility, but I've never witnessed such a connection, and that is C.) the ring goes to the gate. :?
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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by JohnG » Sun May 13, 2012 2:22 pm

Works--- used a 7V battery via gator clips to a 1/4" phono into the CV Gate input of the Mini-T,
drone baby drone. You'll still have to use a keyboard/controller to change notes. Now, to fab some kind of
small-as-possible external switch/battery box that isn't too damn ugly.

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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by Sir Nose » Mon May 14, 2012 8:10 pm

JohnG wrote:You'll still have to use a keyboard/controller to change notes.


Just use another battery with a linear POT wired in line and plug it into the Pitch CV. Turn the POT change the pitch.

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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by museslave » Mon May 14, 2012 8:24 pm

This much effort just to avoid pressing keys on a keyboard?
You do know that Bob Moog lamented a future where musicians didn't interact physically with their instruments, don't you?

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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by thealien666 » Mon May 14, 2012 8:28 pm

After having bought a $700 Minitaur, is pending an extra $100 for a simple (albeit cheap) MIDI controller keyboard such an expensive proposition, really ?
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Post by museslave » Mon May 14, 2012 8:38 pm

thealien666 wrote:After having bought a $700 Minitaur, is pending an extra $100 for a simple (albeit cheap) MIDI controller keyboard such an expensive proposition, really ?


1. Who doesn't have a cheap MIDI keyboard?

2. What thealien666 said. :)

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Post by analoghaze » Mon May 14, 2012 8:48 pm

museslave wrote:1. Who doesn't have a cheap MIDI keyboard? :)


I don't.
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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by Voltor07 » Mon May 14, 2012 8:50 pm

museslave wrote:
thealien666 wrote:After having bought a $700 Minitaur, is pending an extra $100 for a simple (albeit cheap) MIDI controller keyboard such an expensive proposition, really ?


1. Who doesn't have a cheap MIDI keyboard?

2. What thealien666 said. :)

1. Even I have a cheap MIDI keyboard, and I don't use MIDI all that much.

2. You don't need to even spend that much...MIDI keyboards from Radio Shack can be had on e-Bay for $50. :wink:
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Re: Is Minitaur playable as a stand-alone unit without keybo

Post by museslave » Mon May 14, 2012 8:59 pm

Voltor07 wrote:
museslave wrote:
thealien666 wrote:After having bought a $700 Minitaur, is pending an extra $100 for a simple (albeit cheap) MIDI controller keyboard such an expensive proposition, really ?


1. Who doesn't have a cheap MIDI keyboard?

2. What thealien666 said. :)

1. Even I have a cheap MIDI keyboard, and I don't use MIDI all that much.

2. You don't need to even spend that much...MIDI keyboards from Radio Shack can be had on e-Bay for $50. :wink:


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