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

Getting started with the USB-microDig

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

  • USB-microDig digitizer
  • Turn sensor (or any other sensor)

Installing the Virtual Serial Port driver

The USB-microDig requires a driver to allow it to be seen as a virtual serial port. You can find the driver here.

You will need to reboot after installing the drivers.

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 USB-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 USB-microDig. Simply plugging in the USB-microDig causes the virtual MIDI port to be created with the name and serial number of the USB-microDig.

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

  2. Connect the USB-microDig to your Mac. It should appear in the list of devices. A virtual MIDI port named USB-microDig XXXX will be created, with XXXX being the serial number. The red LED on the USB-microDig will also stop flashing.

    If it doesn't appear, make sure your kernel extension (ie driver) is installed. It should be in the following location: /System/Library/Extensions/SLAB_USBtoUART.kext

Connecting to the USB-microDig with the Editor

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

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

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

  2. Launch the I-CubeX Editor.

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

  3. In the "Choose interface" pull-down menu, choose "MIDI".

    • The USB-microDig should appear in the table.

      If the USB-microDig doesn't appear, make sure Connect is running in the menu bar and that the USB-microDig is enabled.

  4. Select the entry in the table and click "Open". The red light on the USB-microDig should now remain on solidly.

  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 USB-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 USB-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 USB-microDig will retain its sensor configuration even after being powered off. To use it with other MIDI-enabled software or hardware, simply connect it to your computer and start Connect. It will appear as a virtual MIDI port for other software to use.

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