It seems that rack space is the highest good with eurorack systems. There is a huge offer on interesting modules, the frame is filled in almost no time and you are still thirsty for expanding the system. Making a MIDI-to-CV/gate converter with 24 HP makes no sense at all, does it?
We say: Compared to its amount of features the qMI 2 is lithe and lissom!
Following we will show five functions of the quad MIDI Interface that saves space by making the one or the other additional module useless.
1. Four not just one
The qMI 2 has four individual CV/gate-channels and replaces four single MIDI-to-CV/gate modules. With POLY and M2 it offers two playmodes that can hardly be realized using individual modules. And the automated alteration of M1 and M2 playmode using a gate signal is unique.
If you need to convert more than just one MIDI signal into analogue voltages, you should consider the qMI 2.
2. Converts eight MIDI controllers to control voltages
Beside the 1V-per-octave outputs the qMI 2 offers two more CV outputs per CV/gate-channel. These control voltages are generated by a keyboards or DAWs modulation wheel, aftertouch, velocity and pitch bender respectively MIDI-CC# 7 (volume). With an up-to-date sequencer software these controllers can be drew in easily and sent to the qMI 2 on up to four MIDI channels.
BTW: Pitch bender offers a 14-bit-resolution and qMI 2 responds to it!
If extensive MIDI control of various modules is important for you, the qMI 2 is your converter!
3. Clock outputs
qMI 2 has three clock outputs that transforms the incoming MIDI clock to analogue trigger signals. Each output can separately set to quarter-, eight-, 1/16-notes or triplets. The clock speed also can be doubled for all three outputs in common. A versatile clock-divider is already on board the qMI 2!
Synchronizing LFOs such as our fourMulator or quickly creating a four-to-the-floor-beat can be done easily. Probably, you have much more applications in mind for this handy feature.
4. Replaces Multiples
A classic synthesizer patch with several oscillators and envelopes requires splitting CV- and gate-signals. Gates can be split using passive multiples but for control-voltages you should use an active one.
With the qMI 2 you can resign on multiples for that purpose at all. Using the M1-playmode, all coupled CV/gate-channels work in parallel, so the qMI 2 gives out up to four identical gate- and 1-volt-per-octave-signals as well as 2 x 4 control-voltages for modulations.
As you can see: The four-fold design of the qMI 2 makes sense - not only for polyphony or rotating voices.
5. Manual gates and triggers
Many patches longing for manual triggers and gates. I.e. for triggering a drum sound or opening a VCA.
If you already own a qMI 2 you don’t need specialized modules for that. The buttons of each CV/gate-channel generates trigger- or gate signals.
Probably you will use this feature more often than you think.
The MIDI standard exists for more than 30 years and controlling pitches and VCAs via CV and gate is even older. Despite, conversion from the digital into the analogue world is highly topical. With the qMI 2 we can give you the right tool for that in eurorack format.
- qMI 2 product page
- qMI 2 user guide