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DIY-Midi Controller------Gameport to Midi
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welcome We Buy Junk Cars

Shocked not making it easy for the spam police - almost got you banned on auto pilot Confused

Anyways perfect forum I think.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:34 pm    Post subject: Re: DIY-Midi Controller------Gameport to Midi
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We Buy Junk Cars wrote:
I have no clue about how I can get my Controller power-supplied via my interface, as I want it to SEND Midi into my Interface.


Hmm ... maybe use the other MIDI cable for that?

(with a diode and a buffer capacitor)

No idea if it could supply the current needed though Confused

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I am not a Mac person, but I did use a gameport/midi cable to route midi data to and from an arduino. That was last summer and I don't have the +5, TX, and RX pins memorized. They are on the web somewhere. I have some links and will try to find them. (Found one. See below.)

Also, I used a steering wheel type gameport controller (with levers, buttons, and pedals) with some software under Windows XP to generate midi data. I am not sure what software I used, but it involved a Windows utility for setting up alternate controllers. I am pretty sure the software to convert the controller to midi data was just for Windows, but I will try to remember what it was just in case there's Mac software too.

If your Mac doesn't have a gameport, I don't think the other gear will help, though you might be able to build something with a microcontroller (not really my area of expertise, though I have dabbled with an arduino for a few things).

If the midi/gameport cables are like mine, they will only connect to the TX, RX, and +5 pins of the gameport connector. If I am right, you will have to figure out how to get the other pins connected.

Interesting project!.

Steve

Here's the one I used:
http://pinouts.ru/Inputs/GameportPCMidi_pinout.shtml
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The original post by "We Buy Junk Cars" was erased by accident ... dangerous name indeed, it was killed this morning in anti spam auto pilot mode Shocked

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Blue Hell wrote:
The original post by "We Buy Junk Cars" was erased by accident ... dangerous name indeed, it was killed this morning in anti spam auto pilot mode Shocked

Hmmmm. My reply seems to dangle in mid air; I should have used /quote /unquote.
To summarize (please correct me if I am wrong): "We Buy Junk Cars" posted three pictures: (1) a game controller design for a sound card game port, (2) a game port to midi cable, and (3) a multi channel audio/midi interface (firewire). Also, listed were two pieces of Mac software which looked like they would map various things, such as controllers to midi. The questions as I recall were: (1) how to hook them up so as to use the game controller as a midi device and (2) how to set up the software.

Steve

I believe the two pieces of software were: (1) http://www.orderedbytes.com/controllermate/ and (2) http://www.arj.no/2008/02/25/multicontrol-v04/

The eqipment:
(1) http://cache-cdn.kalaydo.de/mmo/0/389/788/70_491120679.jpg
(2) http://recording.de/uploads/newbb/52791_498e3033e0ca1.jpg
(3) http://www.musik-anzeigen.net/export/YjBlOTJiYjdlNWY5OWYzZTg5Y2JhMDBjMmM3MTc.jpg
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