[sdiy] MIDI too fast?

johnspeth at yahoo.com johnspeth at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 15 20:24:23 CEST 2010

I've seen this problem with my Prophet-5 but only when it's in unison mode (all voices stacked).  Like others have said, you need to allow the envelopes to settle to zero.  With my Prophet, if it's not unison mode, the note scheduler will pick the next voice ready to fire while the previous note is still sounding.  So the burp isn't heard unless of course the scheduler decides to play the same voice that was just turned off.

----- Original Message ----
> From: "grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com" <grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com>
> To: synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl
> Sent: Tue, June 15, 2010 8:52:06 AM
> Subject: [sdiy] MIDI too fast?
> I noticed while playing with some step sequencer MIDI code, that on an
> 80's synth (JX3P) that you can't send a note-off then immediately
send the 
> same note-on. The synth just "burp's" the note on.  If I leave
more than 
> 8ms between them it works fine. 

I know from previous skulduggery that 
> the JX3P has a main loop cycle
time of about 10ms, but this suggests a bug of 
> sorts in the JX3P's MIDI
implementation or UART code -- clearly the received 
> data is translated
out of order. The problem is, I don't have a lot of old 
> synth's to
experiment with and even discovering this was a fluke. I hate 
> adding
delays because this messes with the "tightness" of the 
> sequence.

Anyway, a monophonic step sequencer by nature requires 
> (obviously) that
the old note be turned off before the new note comes one. Is 
> there any
collective wisdom as to what kind of gap might be suitable?  I 
> know
other people have built various hard and soft sequencers.  If I 
> turn the
note off half way through the clock cycle then there is no problem, 
> but
the sound is pretty 
> different.


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