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Get Started: Wi-microDig (Windows)
Get Started: Wi-microDig (Windows) Getting started with the Wi-microDig

This document will walk you through the procedure of connecting to your Wi-microDig with the latest version of the Editor application. For earlier versions, see here.

For this walkthrough, you will need:

  • Wi-microDig digitizer
  • 9 Volt Battery
  • A computer with built-in Bluetooth, or a USB Bluetooth adapter
  • Turn sensor (or any other sensor)

The Wi-microDig requires a USB Bluetooth adapter that has Widcomm or Microsoft drivers (version or above). One example is the Bluetooth Adapter.

Necessary Software

As of version 3.5 of the Editor, you will need the following software installed to connect with the Wi-microDig:

  • The Editor
  • BlueMIDI (included with Editor installer)
  • Virtual MIDI port software, such as loopMIDI.

Installing the Editor application

You can find the latest Editor here.

Extract the .zip file to a folder, and then click on Setup.exe.

Follow the instructions in the installer. BlueMIDI will also be installed.

Note that in Vista and Windows 7, you must disable UAC in order for the Editor to be able to write its configuration files

Installing and Using LoopMIDI to create a virtual MIDI port

The editor lists several virtual MIDI port options. This document will use LoopMIDI, which you can download here. Run the installer, and then double click to launch loopMIDI. It will appear on the bottom of the screen, in the system tray.
  1. Start LoopMIDI. Using the "+" button, add two ports, 1 for "IN" and one for "OUT". The window should look like this:

Connecting to the Wi-microDig with BlueMIDI

The first time you use your Wi-microDig, you need to pair it with your computer. After that, BlueMIDI will be able to connect to it at the COM port it has been assigned. You can find the instructions to pair your Wi-microDig here.
  1. Open BlueMIDI and select the COM port of your Wi-microDig and click "Connect". You should see the following:

Connecting to the Wi-microDig with the Editor

The Editor allows you to configure the Wi-microDig so that sensor data is processed and turned into MIDI messages. While the wi-microDig is connected to the Editor, these messages are sent to other applications by using virtual MIDI ports.

  1. Connect a 9 Volt battery to the Wi-microDig to power it on, and make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your computer.

  2. Connect the Turn sensor (or any other sensor) to input #1 of the Wi-microDig.

    Make sure the sensor is connected as shown below, with the red wire on top and the black wire on the bottom.

  3. Launch the I-CubeX Editor.

    • If it is the first time connecting to the Wi-microDig, you will see the Connections dialog.

  4. In the "Choose interface" pull-down menu, choose "MIDI". If you don't see the loopMIDI ports, click "Add MIDI Interface"

    • When adding the interface, make sure "In" and "Out" match what you selected in loopMIDI.

      If the MIDI port doesn't appear, check that loopMIDI is running. It can be found on the bottom of the screen, in the system tray.

  5. Wait until the "Connected" check box next to the table entry is checked and click on the "edit" radio button.

  6. Click on "Test connection". You should see the "in" and "out" lights blinking on the Wi-microDig, indicating that the messages are getting there from the Editor.

  7. Select "New" from the configuration selection window. Clicking on "File" would let you load a configuration from a file, and "Digitizer" would load the current configuration from the Digitizer

  8. Add a sensor window. (Configure > Add Sensor)

  9. Click "On" in the sensor window.

  10. Rotate the Turn sensor knob and verify that the green bar in the bottom of the sensor window moves between values 0 and 127.

You've now connected to the Wi-microDig with the Editor, and configured it such that sensor input #1 is turned on and sending data. Since it's in standalone mode by default, the microDig will retain its sensor configuration even after being powered off. To use it with other MIDI-enabled software or hardware, you can either connect to the Wi-microDig with the Editor, or with the BlueMIDI application, which acts a bridge between Bluetooth and MIDI.

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