Hello to all Zynthian fans,
many thanks to everyone who is involved in creating this great project.
I would like to share my experience with the building of Zynthian from scratch. I’m EWI player (Akai EWI USB) and sametimes on guitar with midi (Fishman TriplePlay) and I find in my room some midi keybord also. My aim is wiring Zynthian to my other midi stuff as BomeBox with USB hub with conection on MidiHub, Behringer FCB 1010, E-MU Protheus 2000 synth module and instruments. My dream is play without a PC. In the first phase of build I want Zynthian with 2x line input a 2x line output by Jack 6.3 mm and midi connection via USB in my own acrylic case.
step - only Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (local supplier) conected on TV by HDMI cable, computer keyboard and mouse by usb, ethernet, formated sd card with zynthian image. Instal and conection by ssh a using WebConf Tool to set hardware configuration, reboot and zynthian is on TV screen.
step - adding ZynScreen v1.5 from https://shop.zynthian.org/shop/product/zynscreen-v1-5-361?category=16 Again WebConf Tool and set display to ZynScreen 3.5 (v1) - this can be little confusing because you buy v1.5 but set v1.
step - adding Controllers Set v3 & v4 from https://shop.zynthian.org/shop/product/controllers-set-v3-v4-328 By WebConf set correct wiring MCP23017_ZynScreen. Akai EWI USB was plug to usb port, set the synth layer and sound is working. Hm… suspiciously simple. Sound is dreadful so is time connect sound Hub.
step - adding HifiBerry DAC+ ADC from local supplier. I soldered GPIO pin, this was my first time. For some people will be better choice HifiBerry DAC+ADC STAGE from zynthian shop https://shop.zynthian.org/shop/product/hifiberry-dac-adc-stage-378 Again I connect by WebConf and set correct soundcard. I connect headphones, install some soundfonts and play on EWI. Sounds are nice, but Akai EWI USB need some better setting for breath senzor, change CC2 on CC7 …
Final setting is on figure
Next steps will be adding Jack connectors, Zynaptik Module v3 & v4 with MIDI DIN connectors. Also I must make 3D drawing of case and and have it made of acrylate.
In this phase I have question about connecting of Zynthian on USB hub. When I direct connect zynthian by usb cable (black wire on my setup fig) I have not conection, the Zynthian is not visible on PC (Bome Midi Translator) or BomeBox. So I cant routing other midi equipment to Zynthian. It is properties or issue? I assume that after connecting DIN MIDI connectors and wiring by DIN MIDI <-> USB interface cable this will be possible. But dirrect connection via USB cable seems to me to be a better option.
My midi microcosmos