Stop me when you’ve heard it, but now I’ve got all these synths playing happily from SPi, I wanted to be able to optionally play them from a keyboard too. Problem is, some of them only have 5-Pin DIN input
and I only have USB MIDI keyboards d’Oh.
But Spi to the rescue with a few lines of code. I’m using one of the midi CC knobs to switch between the 4 ports on my setup. 1=Volca, 2=VCV Rack, 3=Crave. The only little issue is that I have to remember not to switch port while holding a key down, else the synth never gets a note_off. I tried
midi_all_notes_off but they don’t respond to that. A minor thing.
Seems like it could a be neat solution - I can keep a keyboard hooked up, put the code it’s own buffer and run it if needs be. Then in the moment, I can either have SPi playing the synth or take over. This seems more flexible than the hardware-based alternative of a USB-MIDI host box, where I’d have to unplug/plug cables to switch.
Sorry about the vid quality, there’s a fan heater involved and I’m not set up properly for video.
#USB Keyboard MIDI host set :midiport,"1" live_loop :midihoston do use_real_time n,v=sync "/midi:mpk_mini_midi_1:1:1/note_on" midi_note_on n,100,channel: 1, port: "midi4x4_midi_"+get[:midiport] end live_loop :midihostoff do use_real_time n,v=sync "/midi:mpk_mini_midi_1:1:1/note_off" midi_note_off n,0,channel: 1, port: "midi4x4_midi_"+get[:midiport] end live_loop :midihostchannel do use_real_time i,j=sync "/midi:mpk_mini_midi_1:1:1/control_change" set :midiport, (1+(4*j/128).round).to_s end