Tag Archives: midi

Novation SL Zero mkII Editor – uploading – saving template

Since all the download links seem to be down and this product is not supported anymore by the folks at Novation’s, i thought i’d share with you a link where you will still be able to download the (beta version, please note all the apt disclaimers that apply to betas) SL Zero MkII Editor program, that will allow you to program a template for the midi controller (this is not the Automap program, mind you).

Click here to download the Editor software

…hoping Novation will not take down this link too…

And a quick video on how to upload your template from your pc to Novation’s controller-no fancy stuff.. no screen capture sorry-phone shot. Rough and ready. It’s more of a reminder for me on how to do it lol.. personal reference.

Here:

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TR707 TR727 reset, midi out, tricks etc

Reset your TR707 or TR727 to factory settings.. here is the buttons combination to give your drum machine a fresh new start and to check leds and screen, buttons.

Keep pressed CLEAR and INSTRUMENT/GUIDE and switch on the legendary (yes, legendary) drum machine.

All the lights will turn on, then step leds will blink one by one.

After the light show, press ENTER/CARTRIDGE to proceed with the screen test.

Press the buttons and see the relevant dots show up on the screen.

Switch off.

How to use the TR707 or TR727 to output midi notes, and use it as a midi controller to play other midi modules, samplers (bear in mind its defaut midi channel is 10):

STOP the pattern/track if it is playing.

Enter TRACK PLAY mode.

Holding SHIFT press INSTRUMENT/GUIDE and MIDI CHANNEL.

This procedure will mute the instrument’s internal sounds but will allow you to control external gear using the TR707 or TR727.

To revert back to default, using the internal sounds but NOT transmitting midi notes, and if you have a TR707/727 that is silent, just use the same keypresses again.

Common troubles with these machines:

PSU jack fail, power transistor 78M05 (can be substituted with 78S05), power supply section electrolytic caps.

Dim screen=check the power supply section.

Try different psu transformers too: Roland’s own are recommended, etc

These are machines that heal themselves.. put them aside for a while or leave them turned on for some time and they will fix themselves.

Maybe.

SammichSID Novation Zero SL mkii template

Those geniuses at Novation shipped this controller with a couple of software disks but alas, no TEMPLATE EDITOR for people who dont use a pc to make music.

Download the template editor program from their support pages, connect the Zero SL to your pc via usb, switch it on and fire the software. Press Global options on the SL, choose mem protect off.

Load the syx file provided by yours truly:

Masuto’s SammichSID template 😊

and then.. select

Press Write, and bob’s your uncle.

I saved it in location 20 (empty) and made it the startup template.

To use the drumpads to send cc (mod depth 1,2,3,4,5,6) on the novation zero SL you must first press REVIEW and then use the drumpads-you will see their assigned value increasing because we are using them as step switches.

For your reference, heres a crudely PAINT assembled wildcard:

Happy knob twiddling!

MAM/FAT 383/FREEBASS 303 simulator guts

A couple of gutshots of the 303 simulator (cannot call it clone since it doesnt have a BA662a..)..

Some kosher transistors (1583, 2291) but most of them are just 2N3904.

Sounds quite good.. i remember staring at the Turnkeys window in Charing Cross Road (98?) when these came out, along with FAT’s other offerings, rebadged MAM, like the cool resinator (the resonator) and some other rack in sexy colors!