The mini MIDI Controller is our most cost effective solution for those wanting inexpensive MIDI playback for their conventional Solid State Tesla Coil (SSTC) or Double Resonant Solid State Tesla Coil (DRSSTC). The interface is a complete solution designed to convert your SSTC or DRSSTC into a musical instrument by allowing one to directly connect any MIDI type instrument, such as a keyboard or synthesizer, directly to the input of their coil and play music through it. The advanced microcontroller controlled interface allows the playing of both single (monophonic) and multiple (polyphonic) notes through your Tesla Coil.
The mini MIDI Controller can be user configured through the use of onboard poteniometers to program the maximum output pulsewidths of both the highest and lowest MIDI notes, while software will linear map pulsewidth across this entire operation during playback. In otherwords, you can program your maximum pulsewidths for your low frequency notes to be, for example, 500us, and your maximum pulsewidths for your highest frequency notes to be, for example, 100us, and the microcontroller will linear scale pulsewidths across the entire frequency range. This is important as it allows one to have an almost constant duty cycle, or power output across the entire musical note range. A shaft actuated potentiometer is also provided to allow the user to vary the output power of the controller. In otherwords, this controls or scales the entire output pulsewidths from 0 to 100% of maximum programmed pulsewidth.
A single onboard LED provides both power status and MIDI communication status during operation. There is also an ON/OFF switch.
To provide maximum compatibility with nearly all fiber optic controller Tesla Coils, both an Agilent HFBR1412T and Industrial Fiber Optics IF-E96E fiber optic connector option is provided.
With ease and simplicity in mind, our kits are specifically designed to use thru-hole components which allows for quick and easy soldering. Also, our kits have all connectors and user controls mounted directly to the board (with the option of externally mounting them if desired) which gives a very neat and professional appearance.
The mini MIDI Controller is compatible with both our microBrute and miniBrute line of DRSSTCs!
Please note that this controller provides MIDI functionality only. It does not offer standard pulse mode functionality. If you need a controller that offers both modes of operation, including other modes, please see our Universal MIDI 1.0 Interrupter.
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- Onboard MIDI input connector (5-pin DIN)
- Optically isolated input
- MIDI mode maximum pulsewidth range (high note) - 0-1ms
- MIDI mode maximum pulsewidth range (low note) - 0-1ms
- HFBR1412T and IF-E96E fiber optic outputs available
- Operates from 7-12VDC
- ON/OFF switch
- Two trimmer potentiometers to set maximum pulsewidths (high and low note)
- Shaft potentiometer to vary output power from 0-100%
- Onboard LED provides both power and MIDI status
- Preset to MIDI channel 1
- Monophonic and polyphonic playback available