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Running Minitaur beyond the Bass Key Range

Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:05 am
by ometwalli
So I just hooked up the minitaur to my Elektron key, using CV to trigger gate and pitch. All is good there.

However, when I use an arpeggiator on the minitaur track, the range sometimes goes beyond the minitaur's capability and the notes get jumbled up and it sounds like an LFO. Will this damage my Minitaur unit ? I imagine, the Elektron Key is sending voltages higher than +5V on those high octave range arps. Usually a quick patch reset ( go up one patch then come back ) fixes the whacky sounds. Just want to make sure I don't accidentally hurt the unit. Any thoughts comments appreciated.

Re: Running Minitaur beyond the Bass Key Range

Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:37 pm
by MC
The CV jack is v/oct and is converted to v/hz inside the MT. v/hz has a limited upper range for electronic reasons. You probably hit the upper limit. You won't damage it but try to stay away from that limit.

Re: Running Minitaur beyond the Bass Key Range

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:26 pm
by misterpete
after later firmware updates your minitaur should just play any notes beyond it's range within it's upper octave
earlier versions just repeated the top note, which might be triggering what you described

ometwalli wrote:So I just hooked up the minitaur to my Elektron key, using CV to trigger gate and pitch. All is good there.

However, when I use an arpeggiator on the minitaur track, the range sometimes goes beyond the minitaur's capability and the notes get jumbled up and it sounds like an LFO. Will this damage my Minitaur unit ? I imagine, the Elektron Key is sending voltages higher than +5V on those high octave range arps. Usually a quick patch reset ( go up one patch then come back ) fixes the whacky sounds. Just want to make sure I don't accidentally hurt the unit. Any thoughts comments appreciated.

Re: Running Minitaur beyond the Bass Key Range

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:36 pm
by _DemonDan_
misterpete wrote:After later firmware updates your Minitaur should just play any notes beyond its range within its upper octave.
Earlier versions just repeated the top note, which might be triggering what you described.

I believe that the octave-wrap behavior you're describing only happens with incoming MIDI Notes, as opposed to CV.

Re: Running Minitaur beyond the Bass Key Range

Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:31 pm
by misterpete
you're right Dan
the same bug bit me today when i tried running it off a random generating CV patch instead of MIDI
i wonder if a firmware update can fix it quicker than i can figure out how to attenuate that random patch :lol:

_DemonDan_ wrote:
misterpete wrote:After later firmware updates your Minitaur should just play any notes beyond its range within its upper octave.
Earlier versions just repeated the top note, which might be triggering what you described.

I believe that the octave-wrap behavior you're describing only happens with incoming MIDI Notes, as opposed to CV.

Re: Running Minitaur beyond the Bass Key Range

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:19 am
by _DemonDan_
misterpete wrote:you're right Dan
the same bug bit me today when i tried running it off a random generating CV patch instead of MIDI
i wonder if a firmware update can fix it quicker than i can figure out how to attenuate that random patch.

I am not a wizard in the software programming world, but I'd bet a lot of money that the note wrap trick is achieved simply by remapping higher MIDI Notes back down to MIDI Notes within the MInitaur's highest octave. If this is true, there's no simple way to replicate that trick in the analog CV part of the Minitaur.