The w5 MIDI module functions by acting as a MIDI-to-voltage converter (“MIDI in” mode) and a voltage-to-MIDI converter (“MIDI out” mode). The w5 MIDI module will show up in your DAW as a MIDI device. The note range of the w5 MIDI module is from C2 to C6. MIDI note C2 generates an output CV of 0.2V. Thereafter, the output CV increases by 1V/oct up to C6.
Similar to the i30 keyboard and i36 micro sequencer modules, the w5 MIDI module has two outputs: A main bitSnap™ output that sends control voltages to other modules (for instance, an i31 oscillator) depending on which key is pressed and a “trigger out” output that sends a 5V, HIGH signal out to modules (for instance, an i33 envelope) when any MIDI note message is sent.
Like with the i30 keyboard module, the i31 oscillators will need to be tuned to play the correct pitches. See the “Tuning” project in the Synth Kit booklet for more information. To help with tuning, standard digital instrument tuners can be used and there are many tuner Apps available for smartphones.
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