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 MIDI2CV8 DIP switch to rotary switch? 
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Post MIDI2CV8 DIP switch to rotary switch?
I have a MIDI2CV8 (one of the most useful pieces of gear I own, ever since I built it around 10 years ago). I've been thinking of making a new front panel for it and mounting it in a different enclosure so it can be closer to the old analog synths it controls... while I am at it, I'd like to try changing the channel and mode DIP switches to rotary switches/binary encoders for easier access. I heard elsewhere that this was a relatively simple mod - has anyone already done this, and/or are there any specific parts anyone would recommend?

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Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:03 pm
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Post Re: MIDI2CV8 DIP switch to rotary switch?
Funny thing, I asked Scott about this last month. He pointed me in the right direction for a 16 and 8 position rotary encoder. I just haven't had the time to design a panel.


Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:52 pm
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Post Re: MIDI2CV8 DIP switch to rotary switch?
This page shows a source for one with sixteen settings with details for the connections -- just use three bits for eight mode settings.

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Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:00 pm
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Post Re: MIDI2CV8 DIP switch to rotary switch?
Scott, is there an advantage to using two 16 position rotary encoders as opposed to a 16 position for the MIDI channel select and an 8 position for the mode select?


Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:39 pm
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Post Re: MIDI2CV8 DIP switch to rotary switch?
Another followup question... given the way the switches are laid out, would you want to use what they call a "complement coded" switch, so the channels and modes from 1 to 16 (or 8) will behave as expected?

Something like: http://www.mouser.com/ds/2/295/FR01-19863.pdf


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Post Re: MIDI2CV8 DIP switch to rotary switch?
I repackaged my MIDI2CV in a 2U MOTM-style module. I used push button hex and BCD switches for the midi channel and mode. I had to invert the signals to work with the switches so I also piggybacked an inverter IC. The page is fairly brief but outlines what I did with photos on my site at http://modularsynthesis.com/modules/DJB-017/djb017.htm. This was a while ago with an early digital camera so the photos aren't the best. I also discuss how to power this module from +/-15V.

Dave


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