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Get Started: microDig (MacOS X)
Get Started: microDig (MacOS X)

Getting started with the microDig

This document will walk you through the procedure of connecting to your microDig with the Editor application. For this walkthrough, you will need:

  • microDig and included 9V power supply
  • MIDI interface
  • Turn sensor (or any other sensor)

Installing the Editor application

You can find the latest editor here.
Open the .zip file, and move the Editor folder into to your Applications folder.

Connecting to the microDig with the Editor

The editor allows you to configure the microDig so that sensor data is processed and turned into MIDI messages. You can then send these messages to other software applications.

You'll need to use the editor at least once to configure your microDig, after that the microDig retains these settings - even after powering off - until you next change them in the editor.

turn on sensor input 1, set the sampling interval to 50ms, make sensor input 1 send "Control Change" MIDI messages.

  1. Connect the microDig to the 9V power supply to power it on.

  2. Connect the microDig's MIDI cables to your MIDI interface. Make sure that the red cable marked "Out" connects to the "In" port of your MIDI interface, and that the black cable marked "In" connects to the "Out" of your MIDI interface.

    Normally on MIDI hardware, "In" means "MIDI messages come in here" and "out" means "MIDI messages leave from here". On certain interfaces, this convention is not followed, which makes things confusing.

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

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

  4. Launch the I-CubeX editor.

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

  5. In the "Choose interface" pull-down menu, choose MIDI (or All).

    • You should see your MIDI interface listed in the table.

      Note that for some MIDI interfaces where the "in" and "out" ports are named differently, you'll need to add a custom MIDI in/out port by clicking on "Add MIDI interface". Select the "in" and "out" ports from the pull-down menus, and then click "OK". Once added, use that custom port to connect to your MIDI interface.

      If you don't see your MIDI interface at all, make sure your driver is properly installed.

  6. Select the entry in the table and click "Open"

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

  8. Click on "Test connection". You should see the lights blinking on the MIDI interface, indicating that the messages are getting there from the editor.

    If you don't see the lights blink, it means the messages aren't getting to your interface from the editor. Check that the "edit" radiobutton is clicked, and that your MIDI interface drivers are properly installed.

    If you see the lights blink on your MIDI interface but not on your microDig, check that the cables are connected to the right ports.

  9. 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.

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

  11. Click "On" in the sensor window.

  12. 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 can also change what type of MIDI message you'd like to send from this sensor input.

You've now connected to the 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 no longer need to use the editor, unless you want to change the settings.

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