Tech 21 Midi Mouse Manual

Tech 21 Midi Mouse Manual
This is probably the world’s shortest owner’s manual for a MIDI
foot controller, and should give you a good idea as to what the
MIDI Mouse is all about: it’s compact and it’s easy to operate. Not
everyone wants or needs a huge, elaborate controller that’s more
complicated to program than the unit(s) they’re trying to control.
The MIDI Mouse is in a familiar “stomp-box” format, housed in
sturdy, cast aluminum. It features 3 footswitches with smooth, custom actuators.The large, non-glare 3-digit LED display can be read
from any angle, in daylight or darkness.The simplicity of its design
offers the MIDI masterful and the MIDI-phobic access to 128
patches on any of the 16 selectable MIDI channels.You simply scroll
up or down to your desired program locations --without having to
do the cha-cha to change banks.
The MIDI Mouse is the only foot controller available that is battery
operable, which eliminates stage clutter. It can be turned on
approximately 2,000 times with each battery.The MIDI Mouse can
also be powered by most standard adaptors, as well as being phantom power operable via MIDI cable.
In addition to freedom from excess wires and cables, the MIDI
Mouse also offers freedom to improvise. For instance, if you have a
pre-amp and an effects processor, you can control each one independently by using two MIDI Mouses. Its size and affordability lends
itself easily to this application, which would otherwise be too cumbersome and impractical with conventional foot controllers.
In the studio, the MIDI Mouse takes up little room on the console.
You can make remote program changes without leaving the board.
For stage shows, you can even control the patterns and arrangements of MIDI lighting systems.
At Tech 21, it is our goal to offer useful, versatile, cost-effective
products. It is our hope you find the MIDI Mouse a welcome addition to your set-up.
ACTIVE / SEARCH allows you to alternate between two modes:
In ACTIVE mode, MIDI program change information is instantly sent
through the MIDI OUT port.
In SEARCH (flashing) mode, only the numerical display changes.
No MIDI information is transmitted.
UP increases the program number sequentially.
DOWN decreases the program number sequentially.
In Active Mode:
The LED numerical display remains lit. Depressing the Up or Down
footswitch allows you to step-scroll by increasing or decreasing the
program number one at a time. In Active mode, the MIDI program
change information is instantly sent through the MIDI OUT port.
In Search Mode:
The LED numerical display flashes. Depressing and holding the Up or
Down footswitch allows you to speed-scroll to a desired location -without sending any program change information. Depressing the
Active/Search footswitch a second time re-engages the Active mode and
instantly sends the new MIDI program number through the MIDI Out
In Active or Search mode, the LED display will go out after 10 seconds
of non-use.This “screen-saver” feature conserves the life of the battery.
The MIDI Mouse needs to be on only when you want to change the
program information.Your program won’t change until you activate the
MIDI Mouse and send new instructions.
To engage the MIDI Mouse, you can depress any of the three
footswitches.The mode you were last in when the unit shut off and
what new instructions you want to send will determine the best way
for you to proceed.
In Active Mode:
When the unit shuts off in Active mode, let’s say, in Program 10,
depressing the Active/Search footswitch brings you back to the same
location (Program 10--in Active mode). However, depressing the Up or
Down footswitch directly from the “screen saver” mode will engage and
increase or decrease the program number by one (to Program 11 or
Program 9).The program change information is instantly sent through
the MIDI OUT port.
In Search Mode:
When the unit shuts off in Search mode, let’s say, in Program 10,
depressing the Active/Search footswitch brings you back to the same
location: Program 10--in Search mode (no MIDI program change information transmitted).The Search mode is especially useful in setting up a
program change in advance. For example:
You’re playing in Program 10 and want to go to Program 20 for
your solo. Depress the Active/Search footswitch to Search mode
(Program 10, flashing). Scroll to Program 20 and leave it there,
flashing. After 10 seconds the unit will shut off.You will still be
playing in Program 10 because you haven’t sent any new
information yet.
At this point, you have two options. As you near the solo, depressing the Active/Search footswitch shows you the program number
where you left it-- Program 20, flashing.This allows you to doublecheck you’re at the right program number. Depressing the Active/
Search footswitch a second time will put you in Active mode and
engage the program number that is flashing --Program 20. Or, you
can depress either the Up or Down footswitch directly from the
“screen saver” mode, and it will instantly transmit the program
number that was last flashing (without increasing or decreasing the
program number).
NOTE:With a power supply, you can set up for a program change in
advance following basically the same procedure. After you scroll to the
program number in Search mode (Program 20), the display remains lit
and flashing.When you are ready to engage that program number,
depress the Active/Search footswitch (only) to return to the Active mode
and send the program change information through the MIDI OUT port.
A MIDI foot controller transmits information to remotely control anything that accepts MIDI program change information. In order to communicate program change information, the MIDI Mouse and the receiving MIDI unit(s) must be set on the same channel. (If your receiving
unit is on OMNI, it will receive MIDI program change information on
any and all of the 16 MIDI channels.Therefore, you need not change the
channel of the MIDI Mouse.)
The MIDI Mouse is factory set at Channel 1. To change the channel
setting to any of the standard 16 selectable MIDI channels:
1. Depress Active/Search footswitch to Search mode (program number
2. Depress Up and Down footswitches simultaneously.The current MIDI
channel number will flash slowly.
3. Depress either the Up or Down footswitch accordingly to desired
4. Depress Active/Search footswitch to “save” the newly selected
channel number, and to return to the last program number (in
Search mode).
The MIDI Mouse will accept power via a standard
5 conductor/pin MIDI cable through Pins 1 and 3.
Consult the owner’s manual of your processor
for its phantom power support capabilities
and specifications.
Power must be between
8 and 15V DC,
any polarity.
•Phantom power operable via MIDI cable. (See section above.)
•Utilizes standard 9V alkaline battery (not included).To install, simply
remove back plate. NOTE: When battery nears depletion, “Lo” will
appear in the LED display.
Power consumption of LED display: approx. 15mA.
may damage the unit and void warranty. DC Power Supply
9V DC regulated or unregulated, 100mA minimum;
2.1mm female plug, center negative (-).
Optional factory power supply is available: Tech 21 Model #DC2.
• Attempting to repair unit is not recommended and may void warranty.
• Missing or altered serial numbers automatically void warranty. For
your own protection, be sure serial number labels on the unit’s back
plate and exterior box are intact.
PROOF OF PURCHASE REQUIRED. Manufacturer warrants unit
to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for one (1) year
from date of purchase to the original purchase and is not transferable.
This warranty does not include damage resulting from accident, misuse,
abuse, alteration, or incorrect current or voltage. If unit becomes defective within warranty period,Tech 21 will elect to repair or replace it
free of charge. After warranty expires,Tech 21 will repair defective unit
for a fee.
ALL REPAIRS for residents of U.S.: Call Tech 21 for Return
Authorization Number. Manufacturer will not accept packages
without prior authorization, pre-paid freight (UPS preferred) and proper insurance.
Contact Tech 21 weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, EST.
When you have two or more MIDI controlled processors linked
together, be sure they and the MIDI Mouse are all on the same channel.
If you do not want a particular processor in the chain to accept program change information from the MIDI Mouse, be sure to change that
unit’s channel.
NOTE: The MIDI Mouse will retain a channel setting as long as there
is an internal battery. Otherwise, it will revert back to Channel 1 each
time the power is disconnected.
Tel: 973-777-6996 / Fax: 973-777-9899
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