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Get Started: Wi-microDig (MacOS X)
Get Started: Wi-microDig (MacOS X) 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
  • Turn sensor (or any other sensor)

Installing the Editor and Connect applications

You can find the latest Editor here.
Open the .zip file, and move the entire Editor folder into to your Applications folder. Connect is included in the same folder as the editor. If you'd like to download it separately, you can find it here.

Using Connect to create a MIDI port for your Wi-microDig

As of version 3.35, all Bluetooth and USB connectivity is handled by Connect. It runs in the background and creates a virtual MIDI port to communicate with the Wi-microDig. The following section describes how to first add your Wi-microDig. After adding it for the first time, the Wi-microDig will be listed in the Connect window until you remove it.

  1. Plug a 9 Volt battery to the Wi-microDig to power it on, and make sure that Bluetooth is enabled. (System Preferences > Bluetooth)

  2. Open Connect. It will appear as a menu item at the top of the screen.

  3. In the main window, click on the "Add Wi-microDig" button.

  4. You should see your Wi-microDig appear in the list. Select it and click on the "Choose" button. If the Wi-microDig doesn't appear after a few seconds, check that it's powered on and that Bluetooth is enabled on your Mac.

  5. If it's the first time connecting to your Wi-microDig, you'll be asked to enter a passcode. Enter the number 1 and click "Pair".

  6. The Wi-microDig will then appear in the devices list with a green dot next to it to indicate that it is enabled. A MIDI port will be created with the name Wi-microDig XXXX, where XXXX is the serial number of your Wi-microDig. The blue LED on the Wi-microDig will also turn on to indicate that a Bluetooth connection has been made.

  7. By default, Connect will not attempt to connect to your Wi-microDig when it is launched. If you would like to enable auto-connect, turn it on using the checkbox.

    To remove the Wi-microDig from the device list (even when it's not connected and enabled), click on "Remove". You will then need to add it again when you next want to use it.

Connecting to the Wi-microDig with the Editor

The Editor allows you to change the sensor input behaviour on the Wi-microDig, for example to turn a particular input on and set the MIDI message type.

  1. Make sure Connect is running and the Wi-microDig is enabled. The MIDI port needs to be created before starting the Editor.

  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 "Bluetooth" or "All". Click on "Search Devices" in the Connections dialog.

    • The Wi-microDig and its serial number should appear in the table.

      If it doesn't appear, check to see that Bluetooth is enabled, and make sure your battery has enough charge to power the device.

  5. Select the entry in the table and click "Open". The blue light on the Wi-microDig should turn on.

    • You may be asked to enter a passkey to connect. The passkey is: 1
  6. Wait until the "Connected" check box next to the table entry is checked and click on the "edit" radio button.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

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

  10. Click "On" in the sensor window.

  11. 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 Wi-microDig will retain its sensor configuration even after being powered off. To use it with other MIDI-enabled software, just enable it using Connect and then use the virtual MIDI port from your other applications.

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