[sdiy] Techniques for Multiplying MIDI Clock frequency?

Brian Willoughby brianw at audiobanshee.com
Sat Dec 18 19:28:23 CET 2021

When measuring the incoming clock period, filtering those values should smooth out the jitter. i.e. Rather than use each newly measured clock period directly, run it through a filter that averages it out with recent clock periods. The DPLL shows a 3rd order filter.

For those commercial DPLLs, do they require 2 kHz as the multiplicand, or is that a master clock?


On Dec 18, 2021, at 03:26, Mikko Helin wrote:
> There is at least one commercial MIDI clock multiplier:
> https://tubbutec.de/product/audiowerkstatt-midi-clock-multiplier/
> That device does 2x - 9x multiply. I don't think MIDI clock at least
> if the source is a DAW is quite stable source so multiplying more than
> 10x might not give expected results. Also 31.25 Kbaud is low speed
> anyway, every byte takes at least 0.32 ms to transfer. Regarding
> polyrhytmics which are the actual multipliers needed? Commercially
> available DPLLs ("jitter attenuators" etc.) require quit high input
> freq from 2kHz up or so. You might be implement slower one using FPGA,
> maybe you could use something like PSoC 5LP ($10 board), see this PLL
> demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss75Jkio070
> On Sat, Dec 18, 2021 at 12:11 PM Spiros Makris wrote:
>> There are all excellent suggestions!
>> I happen to have a prototype with a teensy 3.2 and midi In/Out capabilities on the bench, so I think I'm going to experiment with that first.
>> The counter method is an open-loop approach, pretty much, and what I'm going to try first. I suppose if I closed the loop somehow it would become a "proper" DPLL. Maybe if I build a software phase detector and use the error signal in combination with the counted value to get more steady results?
>> I believe going for the maximum clock speed and resolution combination for the frequency chosen (clock frequency / counter size < max midi clock frequency ?) is what will give the most accurate results.
>> Spiros
>> On Fri, Dec 17, 2021 at 10:50 AM Roman Sowa <modular at go2.pl> wrote:
>>> Measure incoming clock period with a timer. Then divide that measured
>>> timer value by the number you want to multiply the frequency. If you say
>>> anything between 10 and 100 is fine, then dividing by 32 sounds like
>>> walk in a park. And that divided value (or simply shifted in case of 32)
>>> is then loaded as period for another timer that outputs a pulse on overflow.
>>> This way after each incoming clock pulse you get immediate response of
>>> updated frequency multiplied by 64 (or whatever other value)
>>> Roman
>>> W dniu 2021-12-17 o 08:03, Spiros Makris via Synth-diy pisze:
>>>> Hello List,
>>>> I want to experiment with polymetric structures and create "non
>>>> standard" subdivisions within the standard ones supported by MIDI. I
>>>> have only worked with the 24ppq, using the timing messages to directly
>>>> drive the sequencers. I would like a way to multiply the clock frequency
>>>> in order to increase resolution, let's say by 10 or maybe 100 times, if
>>>> that's feasible (I think it is?).
>>>> I think this is achieved by a PLL. I understand the basic concepts of it
>>>> and have used in the analog domain, but never did it in a digital only
>>>> format. Furthermore, I suppose having an array of hardware peripherals,
>>>> such as timers and interrupts, and a fairly fast processor (teensy 3.2)
>>>> could open up other approaches that don't follow the standard PLL
>>>> configuration.
>>>> This has been on my mind for some time, but I don't really know where to
>>>> start. Any advice, or resources are greatly appreciated
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Spiros

More information about the Synth-diy mailing list