Here is a manual describing how to install our uniPulse midi interface in an
Elka “The Sidekick 32” drum machine.
The incredible Sunshine Jones took our Juno-66 user manual, improved the design and added more info for clarity.
The result can be found on his website. There is also a nice cheat sheet you should not miss.
Additionally he made a few short video demos of specific Juno-66 demos:
Arp and Powerarp
Chord Memory and Polychord
This is how to open our Firmware updater utility on OSX. This should work with any other unsigned app as well. This has been tested with OSX Big Sur but probably works with older OSX versions as well.
Download the app. Safari will place it in the Dowload folder. Navigate to the Download folder in Finder.
Right click on the file and select “new Terminal at Folder”
A terminal window opens. Type the following command: (you can copy and paste it here)
sudo chmod -R 755 ./
You will be promted for your password. Enter your password – it will not be visible. After entering your password press enter.
Open the folder with the little arrow on the left, right click on the “Tubbutec Firmware Updater” application and select “Open”
You will see a message that the file can not be opened. Click Cancel.
Repeat step 3! The second time you click open, the following window will appear.
Click Open and the app will start 🙂
In depth review of Tubbutec µTune and expander by Synth DIY Guy
He used the Linnstrument in MPE mode to microtonally control his modular setup and show a lot of µTune’s features.
One of our customers, Landon Balk, used the uniPulse midi interface to add midi to his Boss DR-55.
He also completely modded his machine and constructed a custom case.
You can purchase the case directly from him: facebook site or website.
This manual shows how to install uniPulse in the Boss DR-55 based on his instructions.
Please read carefully before purchasing the uniPulse mod. If you want this to be done by a tech, get a quote first!
Introduction to Colundi
Some users of our µTune eurorack quantizer and midi interface have asked if about the Colundi scale and how to use it with µTune.
Here is a quick tutorial how to set it up.
The Colundi Scale is somewhat different from traditional scales in that it consists of absolute pitches, rather than relative intervals.
There are different Colundi scales, in this tutorial we will use the list published here:
The scl. file we created using these frequencies can be found here:
Colundi scl file
Update: Here is the scl-file for the complete final list with 128 frequencies:
At the end of this tutorial, we will show how to create such a scale file yourself.
Using a Colundi scale file with µTune
Using the Colundi scale file is pretty simple with µTune. This explanation might look complicated, but it is only very detailed.
- Put the scl file on the SD card an load it in µTune
(Alternatively you could use µTune’s scale editor and enter the scale manually)
- We need to define a reference frequency used by µTune’s tuner:
As a reference you could use the lowest note (10.8Hz), but probably more practical is to use a note in the audible range. Looking at the list of frequencies again, we notice that note number 30 is supposed to be 440Hz. Great.
Go into TUN->Scale Mapping and define out reference note to be 29 (The base note is note 0) and the reference frequency to be 440Hz. (Note: You can use any other note and frequency as a reference)
- µTune is now able to calculate all absolute frequencies of your scale.
- Connect the output of your VCO to µTune’s GATE-in input. This can be used to measure the VCO’s frequency.
- In µTune’s tuner, you can use different display modes. You could display the frequency in Hz and check the frequencies of the different notes. Better is to use ‘relative mode’ to display the difference between the expected and measured frequency from the VCO.
- Adjust the Tune knob on your VCO until it is in tune. You might have to adjust The ‘Middle volt’ and ‘middle note’ settings to get the VCO in range. Please refer to the µTune user manual chapter ‘Scale Mapping’ for a detailed explanation.
- You can now play your Colundi scale and have fun!
- Optionally: You can now also use the ‘automatic tuning’ feature to make sure your VCO stays in tune automatically at all times
Creeating a Colundi scale file yourself
As you can see, the first frequency is 10.8Hz, followed by 33Hz, 33.8Hz, 55Hz,…
We now have to convert these frequencies into ratios based on the base frequency and calculate the difference in cents.
By the time of writing this, in Scala you can enter the frequencies directly, Scale workshop does currently not support this however. A simple Excel script can do the job for you as well.
Our base frequency fbase = 10.8Hz which we define to be 0 Cent.
The cent distance from our base frequency can be calculated as:
cent = 1200 × log2 (fn / fbase)
The cent value of out next frequency f1 = 33Hz can therefore be calculated as:
cent1 = 1200 x log2 (33Hz / 10.8Hz) = 1933.72165 Cent
The next entry in our scale is:
cent1 = 1200 x log2 (33.8Hz / 10.8Hz) = 1975.19032 Cent
and so on.
When you are done you can use your list to create an .scl file. You can do so using Scala, Scale Workshop, µTune’s scale editor or a simple text editor. The .scl file format is very simple and described here.
- Online shop is open
- Shipping delays to be expected
- Shipping once a week
The situation here in Germany has improved, but we are still spending less time at work and more with our families than usual due to the circumstances.
We managed to keep most products in stock and are shipping at least once a week.
Mod installs, repairs and other service will be performed if time allows.
Support will continue as time allows, but is likely to be slower than usual.
thank you very much for your understanding
Countries with higher shipping cost: (normally 8€)
USA: 15€ (USPS) We are no longer offering USPS shipping due to the fact that USPS is very slow at the moment. We offer UPS shipping for 33€ instead.
New Zealand, Australia: 50€ (DHL Express)
This is because for these countries our usual shipping service (International priority airmail) is not offered at the moment.