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Old 01-31-2012, 05:28 PM
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"I will post more info as soon as the production PCBs have been ordered."

In this year, I supose...



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Old 02-02-2012, 05:32 AM
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Default support for earliest CasioTones?

Any idea if this will work with the CT-40X series? I'd love to have MIDI control over my 401! It would be really amazing to be able to record it through the built-in speaker (which sounds really good!) without getting all the clickity-clack of fingers on the keys.

Anxious for news about the 410v, too...

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:46 AM
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No news for another 2 Months. Please give us an update.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:07 PM
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On 27/09/2011 I bought (and paid) a UMR.

Nothing said that the board would no longer be manufactured.

John contacted me and said that the UMR would no longer be produced. He said that if I wished, I could be reimbursed.

I did not accept, because what I want is the UMR.

But after seven months I'm getting in doubt. I am no longer sure that this UMR2 actually exists or will exist.

I think it was more than enough time to develop, produce and distribute a simple MIDI interface. Please John, hope or give up?

Sorry but seven months is seven months.


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Old 04-17-2012, 09:04 AM
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Ernani - if its any use i have spare UMR1 in the UK. PM me if interested.

im waiting for the umr2 for my pss-100 and pss-380
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:29 PM
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Ok, the production boards have been ordered with a lead-time of 5 weeks (3 wks PCB fab, 2 wks assembly). They are lead-free boards with an immersion gold finish, so they can be soldered with any solder type. The terminals are made to accommodate any standard 0.1" pitch pin header and can also accept 0.1" terminal blocks.

Here's the features diagram from the forthcoming manual:



I'll post additional updates as manufacturing progresses. To those that have already sent payment, I will be sending emails shortly.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:52 AM
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John contacted me via email and I have no more doubts about the delivery of UMR2. He also acted with noblesse, like a gentleman. I am very pleased and grateful.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:12 PM
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w00t w00t!
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:19 PM
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Default Draft User Manual

I have uploaded the first draft of the user manual. Everything within is still subject to change, but hopefully this will provide a good UMR2 overview. I'd be glad to field any questions about the document.

http://highlyliquid.com/support/docs...-RevC-V1.0.pdf
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:04 PM
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This week the PCBs are set to ship from the fab house to the assembly house. Getting closer.

Here is a picture of what I call the UMR2 "programming cradle". This is a custom PCB I use to flash the firmware onto each "blank" UMR2 PCB. It's also useful for firmware development. I use something like this for each different product that incorporates an SMT microcontroller.

The user does not need a cradle because after the initial load, the firmware can subsequently be updated via MIDI.



The spring-loaded vertical gold pins (like what are used on computer PCB test beds) meet the UMR2 ICSP contacts on the underside of the UMR2 PCB.

There is an ICSP header on the right that connects to the USB PIC programmer.

The aluminium spacers help to locate the UMR2 in the correct location during programming.

It also has battery snaps and a terminal block along with a voltage regulator for providing power to the UMR2 during the flash.

This is what it looks like when a blank UMR2 is being flashed:



Once the product matures and additional production takes place, the microcontrollers are flashed by the electronics distributor before being shipped to the assembler.

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Old 06-08-2012, 07:01 PM
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Received the production boards this week. Everything is looking good. It looks like the programmed & packaged boards will arrive at the fulfillment warehouse next Wednesday (June 13). Once the receiving process is complete (takes about another week), all of the outstanding orders will ship.

I'm really pleased with how the UMR2 works. I can't wait to get everyone's feedback.

I'll be updating the manual with some minor changes, probably next week.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:59 PM
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The boards are en route to the fulfillment warehouse and are scheduled to ship to no later than June 21, 2012. Everyone with outstanding orders should receive a shipment confirmation by that time.

I will be posting installation information for specific keyboards here at the forum. If you'd like, please create a thread for your target keyboard so that we can begin the documentation progress.

I have uploaded a new version of the UMR2 user manual (June 11, 2012) which includes some important changes to the UMR2 setup procedure. Please re-download the manual if you already have a copy.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:45 PM
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I have posted the first installation guide for the UMR2:

http://forum.highlyliquid.com/showthread.php?t=822

I'll post the same for other keyboards when requested.
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:01 PM
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May I put in my request...........

yamaha pss-100
yamaha pss-380
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:01 PM
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May I put in my request...........

yamaha pss-100
yamaha pss-380
Hi Royal_raver,

I'm not sure that I have either of these on hand. Are you able to post a sketch of the keyboard matrix for each?

Something like this:

http://highlyliquid.com/support/libr...210-matrix.jpg

(I'm sure you're aware of the keyboard matrix article here):

http://highlyliquid.com/hl2012/blog/52
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:48 AM
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It'd be great to get an installation guide for the Yamaha VSS-30.
Ordering my UMR2 now...
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:49 PM
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It'd be great to get an installation guide for the Yamaha VSS-30.
Ordering my UMR2 now...
Yamaha VSS-30 instructions posted here:

http://forum.highlyliquid.com/showthread.php?t=830
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:25 PM
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All of the UMR2 pre-orders were shipped yesterday, June 19. The UMR2 is now in stock and ships next-business day.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:55 AM
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I've just fitted out 2x UMR2 boards to my Casio DM100 dual keyboard organ unit, and I have a future feature request.

Is it possible to reinstate the old UMR1's hardware MIDI channel settings switches into the UMR2? Since the DM100 has 2 keyboards, it is an ideal MIDI OUT controller keyboard - but the UMR2's MIDI out feature is rendered somewhat crippled by the fact that you need an external MIDI keyboard to change the MIDI channel of the board. Not so useful if the DM100 is the sole keyboard controller hooked up to MIDI modules in a rig.

Is this a possibility? It would make the OUT feature so much more useful.

Cheers, Graham
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:39 PM
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I've just fitted out 2x UMR2 boards to my Casio DM100 dual keyboard organ unit, and I have a future feature request.

Is it possible to reinstate the old UMR1's hardware MIDI channel settings switches into the UMR2? Since the DM100 has 2 keyboards, it is an ideal MIDI OUT controller keyboard - but the UMR2's MIDI out feature is rendered somewhat crippled by the fact that you need an external MIDI keyboard to change the MIDI channel of the board. Not so useful if the DM100 is the sole keyboard controller hooked up to MIDI modules in a rig.

Is this a possibility? It would make the OUT feature so much more useful.

Cheers, Graham
Hi Graham,

Sorry for the slow response. I missed your post.

I understand the reason for your feature request. Eliminating the DIP switch from the UMR2 design was part of a compromise between extra features, cost, board size, and simplicity. The UMR2 hardware design is unlikely to be revised soon, but I have noted your request. Thank you for the feedback!
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