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A project log for Rack Mount MIDI Meters

Eight small colour screens display MIDI data, in a 1U rack format

Tom DowadTom Dowad 4 days ago0 Comments

I just made a short phone video to show the meters in operation:

In order to get a MIDI data stream to demonstrate the workability of 8 meters running simultaneously over one MIDI DIN cable (31250 baud), I programmed another MCU to generate it. That MCU generated sine waves, with a range of 0-127, then as each wave value would change, it output the value in a Control Change message. 

My math on this is that all 8 displays could be updated about every 8 milliseconds. Given that a video frame rate of 30 frames-per-second (33 ms/frame) is generally adequate for smooth animation,  32 channels could be transmitted on one MIDI 1.0 cable. That would saturate the MIDI stream. 

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