I was just pondering over the options that a new µMIDI 1U module could bring and thought it would be good to open a discussion on how people are doing MIDI-to-CV conversion, and what they are using it for.
I am currently running dual 7U-104HP cases, with µMIDI 1U, Expert Sleepers FH-2 and a Frap Tools USTA for sequencing. The FH-2 was my first MIDI-CV module in this setup, and I used to complain that trying to get more than 2 voices plus clock and run gates out of 8 ports was painful. Rather than buy and expander - I bought a µMIDI 1U. And then… I got USTA, which changed my workflow a lot.
Continued from the discussion in 1U modules:
@Terrarium: Before I had USTA, the FH-2 was always in use. Now, I have been using the FH-2 for more complex sequences that I would not typically do with USTA - typically one or two voices with pitch/gate/trig, with a few extra modulation CV controls coming from Ableton. Once in a while, I’ve been just using it as a source of Ableton-sequenced CV to create long shifting modulation or control movements.
But for the most part, µMIDI has become my primary MIDI-CV source for one articulated/dynamic voice, and USTA has been doing the more looping/pattern segments, background stuff. So the FH-2 is not getting used as much as it should. In fact - I’ve really only been using it like another µMIDI - pitch, gate, trig, and a CC or two.So now - just having a pair µMIDIs would make up for not having the FH-2. And there is a USB port in my lower 7U case already there waiting for a second one.
IMHO - the FH-2 is the pinnacle of MIDI-CV converters. It can do a ridiculous amount of things (Arps, Euclidean patterns, LFOs, Envelopes…), but I rarely use those features. Ableton does most of that - and the UI is much better. so what I really need is already in µMIDI - I just want more ports. And based on what Danjel said in the Perfect Circuit video - the option to reconfigure what those ports do would be amazing.
When I started in eurorack, I found that MIDI-CV was critical. But now with USTA, I’m finding I am using it less - but still heavily dependent on MIDI-Clock and run. If I ever got Tête and Tetrapad, I think my reliance on creating melodies and voice sequences on Ableton/Push 2 would drop to 5% of the time.
My opinion of µMIDI: for a 1U module that integrates with the 7U cases. Genius. Clocking and the features of those four ports for time control - genius. I only have two issues. Firstly that it is permanently configured as one voice with 6 CV/Gate channels. And the second is that pitch can only do 0-10V unipolar, not -5/+5 bipolar, but you can work around that. It’s a pain - but doable. Hopefully the new µMIDI will change all that.
The other good experience with µMIDI - is that it plays well with others. The clock is rock solid. I have it patched up to send 24PPQN and reset to Pamela’s NEW! workout, Run gate to USTA, and multed the 16th note clock output to send timing to Planar2, USTA and Mimeophon.
What other modules are people using to communicate out of the modular?