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DCB to MIDI interfaces

Post by haaplaj » Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:36 pm

Hi!

I must get my Juno60 midified on both
directions MIDI->DCB and DCB->MIDI.

I know Kenton has an good interface for that,
but i noticed there is similar but little
cheaper device offered in chezk:

http://www.chd-el.cz/index.php?id=312

Anyone know something about that MDCB-2?
Is it worth of try?
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Post by nathanscribe » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:42 pm

I can't help with the czech interface, but i can say i am very happy with my kenton DCB box: it's built like a (small) tank and is extremely easy to use.

The only bad thing is the price of extra cables (the kenton comes with 1 bi-directional lead). I went without any interfacing for my juno for years, but it's definitely with getting one.

Roland also made a few DCB devices back in the day, and they can be had for relatively little on ebay, when they come up. I think they are very basic though, and don't have the LFO functions etc. that modern interfaces have.

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Post by REwire » Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:31 pm

This unit seems more advanced than the Kenton.
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Post by Anaki_Muon » Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:52 am

Thanks for posting the link. I think I'll pick one of those up after the new year. If you can wait until then I'll let you know how it goes- but if you get one before then I'd like to hear from you what you think of that unit!
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Post by haaplaj » Tue Oct 24, 2006 6:10 am

Thank you!

I'm also keen on buying this rather than Kenton.
I know Kenton would be a good choice by it's reputation.

Hmm.. Maybe I send Email to the CHD Elektroservis and
ask how is the warranty of this. I will post the results.
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Post by haaplaj » Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:26 am

Here is reply from CHD Elektroservis for my questions about MDCB-2:
Sounds goods for me, alltough payment is going to be wiretransfer.

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Hello Jukka,

many thanks for your interest in our product.

Price of MDCB-2 is 142 EUR (or 119 EUR exc. VAT - if you are value added tax
subject). DCB cable is included.
Recommended supply adapter MW1203GS (230VAC / 12VDC, 300 mA) is 6 EUR (or 5
EUR exc. VAT). But you can use any other stabilized or not stabilized DC
supply adapter with 12 to 15 volts output voltage.
Transport costs are 9 EUR for usual postal service.

All our products are covered by 30-month warranty, see attachment or our
website.
More over, you are able to cancel the transaction (to return the product /
money) within 15 days if the product does not work properly.

Unfortunately, 'cash on delivery' method is not supported to your country by
our postal service. You have to choose other method.
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VAT subject so that I'm able to issue Pro Forma invoice for you.

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Post by Altitude » Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:20 pm

I have the CHD interface and am very happy. Considerably more features that the Kenton (I have owned a pro solo). Everything is done via sysex for programming but CHD has very good support for the sysex stuff (including an online sysex generator) Favorite thing though is adding velocity sensitivity via filter cuttoff. I do occasionally get stuck note however but overall, I would definitely recommend this unit and probably any CHD stuff since it is pretty obvious they know their stuff.

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Re: DCB to MIDI interfaces

Post by winningatlife » Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:42 pm

It looks like both of these products have been upgraded since the last post in this topic.

I am still thinking the CHK converter has more features - I would love to place a midi controller in the chain to control the arpeggio rate - 1/64 1/32 etc...

Anybody have any updates on Juno 60 midi controlling?
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Re: DCB to MIDI interfaces

Post by haaplaj » Fri May 01, 2009 8:04 am

I purchased the CHD unit and I'm very pleased with it. Sometimes there is stuck notes (As noted before) where only choice is to restart the Juno, but this can be a problem in the Juno itself.
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Post by winningatlife » Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:58 pm

So I just PM'd Altitude - but I'm wondering... Anybody have any hints on getting the CHD MDCB2v2 set up properly using OS X?

I'm having a h**l of a time getting the sysex code to the actual device. :(

I'm debating setting up a BCR2000 as a control surface.... Hmmm...
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Re: DCB to MIDI interfaces

Post by wjmwpg » Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:37 pm

winningatlife wrote:So I just PM'd Altitude - but I'm wondering... Anybody have any hints on getting the CHD MDCB2v2 set up properly using OS X?
Hi,
Wondering if you ever got this figured out as I'm about the buy a CHD MDCB-2v2 : MIDI | Juno-60 Interface myself, and am also an OSX user?
In hindsight would you suggest a different device as a Juno 60 interface, or have you become happy with the MDCB-2v2 since (hopefully) getting it figured out and functioning?

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Re: DCB to MIDI interfaces

Post by pflosi » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:32 pm

I have an interface from these guys:

http://www.engineersatwork.nl/dtronics/ ... uno60.html

It's definitely the cheapest one out there, but you have to replace the dcb connector on the juno with it. That can be a good or a bad thing, depends on you... it does only note on / off, so none of the lfo etc. stuff (i do that with my MS20 cv outputs or volta). works great.

The stuck note issue does occur sometimes too, I have a feeling it has to do with cc messages and the like (at least I don't have any problems anymore since I stopped sending a midi clock to it...). If stuck notes occur nonetheless, IME it helps to just "outvoice" the polyphony, i.e. press at least 7 notes at once.

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Re: DCB to MIDI interfaces

Post by wjmwpg » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:08 pm

Yeah, I must say that I'm not too into replacing that DCB connector, as sometimes I like to just jam with the JSQ-60 connected to the Juno60. That's why I was really leaning toward the MDCB-2v2 from CHD . . . until of course I saw the post here of issues with the SysEx on OSX.
Now I'm wondering if I should just bite the bullet on one of the retrofit mods instead, like this Minerva?
But I'm still 100% open to everyone's opinions on this, because it's all just guesswork until you've actually used these things!

The Kenton:
http://www.kentonuk.com/products/items/dcb/prodcb.shtml
The aforementioned CHD MDCB-2v2:
http://www.chd-el.cz/index.php?id=422

But there's still the retrofit options to consider:
The new Minerva from MIDIpolis (my 1st choice if I go for a retrofit - and the more I look at these specs . . . maybe really my first choice overall :shock: Damn this is hard!)
http://midipolis.blogspot.com/p/minerva-manual.html
The CHD retrofit (must say I'm very interested if anyone here has given this one a whirl):
http://www.chd-el.cz/index.php?id=468
The Engineers At Work option:
http://www.engineersatwork.nl/catalog/p ... anguage/en

Anyone here installed/used one of these Minerva retrofits???

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