Hello there! I’m new to the forum. Here’s a bit of background:
I used to have an ER-301 and Teletype, but at the time didn’t have the skills or time to learn how to properly utilize them so I sold all my modular gear. I’ve learned a ton since then and have been exploring a teletype set up when I found motoko’s SSP / teletype series and loved what I heard. I was fantasizing about designing some “integration module” that combined all of the data types of CV, audio levels, midi, and USB data in a big input output matrix where I could control and route signals using CV, midi, or audio. I just wanted some glue, hub, brain, power to plug everything into. I looked up the SSP and learned it was exactly the kind of integration module I was looking for, along with all of the other stuff it does. I spent the day yesterday scouring the forums learning what I could. I’ve also for many years now wanted to design my own audio hardware/software, so the VST programming is of great interest to me as well.
I’d appreciate some reassurance that the SSP can do what I think it can do. Maybe my experience can help other new comers.
I have Windows 10, Ableton 11, Reason 11, an SSL2+ audio interface, a Synthstrom Deluge, a Soma Pulsar-23, and some other stuff. My primary goal is to route all the data and audio through the SSP and control the SSP and Pulsar using the Deluge. I’d like to have these 3 devices integrated together as a single stand-alone “instrument” for DAWless playing around. My secondary goal is to send audio, midi, and CV data out of Ableton into SSP and route it however I want, hopefully to integrate the 3 devices into Ableton for DAW production purposes. I’d plan to sell all the other external devices and gizmos I have and focus on these three machines.
CV. Pulsar outputs 0-10V, Deluge outputs 5V gates or up to 12V gates with adjustable voltages for the CV outs in the settings. Am I going to damage anything if I send a 10V or 12V gate to an SSP input that does -5 to +5V? I understand I’ll need to attenuate the input for appropriate CV control.
Midi into SSP. I’d like to tempo sync everything to the Deluge. I found a forum post from wavejockey describing how the tempo varies from 118.10 to 118.18 or something
and I’ve had a similar problem when trying to use the Deluge as a master clock with Ableton. Deluge can also output a CV run/stop gate and CV clock tempo. I know the SSP can take USB over midi on the middle USB input.
I found these posts! I tested the Deluge with Ableton, was able to send sequences and cc controls for channels 1 and 2 to two different synths on Ableton and route things appropriately using midi over USB to Ableton. I was able to simultaneously send additional commands over a 3rd channel via DIN to the pulsar to sync, trigger, and control things. If I replace Ableton in this example with SSP, I think I’d need to have a
separate midi module for each channel, so it’d be 2 modules set to listen to channel 1 and 2, then I’d be able to route note and CC information inside of SSP to other modules? Deluge is USB MIDI class compliant, and it requires 500mA to charge it, so the SSP can source 500mA through its USB port to charge it.
Does this all sound correct?
Can I clock SSP using CV clock input?
Can I use the SSP as the main clock for midi / CV clock? I think that’s a yes.
Can I send midi sequences from the SSP into the Deluge via USB? I’m pretty sure that’s a yes, I’ve done this with ableton.
Can I send midi sequences from the SSP into the Deluge via USB and out the DIN 5 pin to sequence the pulsar? I’m pretty sure that’s a yes, I’ve done this with ableton.
Appropriate Case and Power Supply. Looks like the Pod64x has a 55mm depth, 1.4A for +12V, 0.67A for -12V, and 1.0A for +5V. If I power the Deluge through the SSP and it draws a max of 500mA at +9~+12V additionally to the SSP current draw of 100ma +12v, 200ma -12v, would I be hitting the limit of 500 + 1000 = 1500mA for the Pod.
Probably should get a bigger case/supply for the future. SSP 60hp, a Maths is 20hp, I’ve got another thing that’s 38hp, 118hp ish, two rows of 84hp?
I’ll take another look around at cases.
VST Programming. What cables would I need for programming / flashing VSTs onto the SSP? I saw these threads:
TheTechnobear's VSTs development
How to build modules (VST plugins) for the SSP
I’ll need to go through them more in detail before I have any specific questions about the software environment set up.
Is there an easy way to create a backup for my data so whenever I inevitably break something while programming I could reflash the SSP to a previous version and not be worried about breaking anything beyond repair?
Whenever I start tinkering with the code, is that going to void my warrantee / support?
Forum seems small, dedicated, quiet, just wondering if I’m coming in late to the party? A lot of the posts I’ve looked up are from 2 years ago. Is the SSP still being supported by Percussa? Plans to continue supporting it in the future?
Just found a quick start manual with a date of 2018, there seems to be talk of a percussa wiki but I’m not sure how to find it.
To get set up I think I’d need:
1x USB cable for SSP to Laptop
1x USB data and power cable for Deluge to SSP (but I think I already have this since I can charge the Deluge and control Ableton via USB?)
1x eurorack case and appropriately large power supply
1x 2 to 1 headphone audio cable for headphone listening? Maybe a 2hp ALM headphones out module would be better, gives me that volume knob for the accidental screeching feedback.
1x USB-ethernet dongle: https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00484IEJS
Reassurance is appreciated, have I thought things through? Anything else I should consider? Thanks for the help! Excited to have found this device, it’s like a dream come true.