The Universal MIDI 1.0 Interrupter is an advanced Tesla Coil MIDI based interrupter compatible with both conventional Solid State Tesla Coils (SSTCs) as well as the more common Double Resonant Solid State Tesla Coils (DRSSTCs). The interrupter has several unique modes of operation, including PULSE mode, LOW FREQ mode, BURST mode, and MIDI mode, which provides a nearly infinite number of demonstration modes for your Tesla Coil. The MIDI mode is designed to convert your SSTC or DRSSTC into a musical instrument by allowing one to directly connect any MIDI type instrument, such as a keyboard or synthesizer, directly to the input of their coil and play music through it, while PULSE mode provides standard pulsewidth and frequency based interrupter functionality. LOW FREQ mode provides some very unique pulse based arc effects, and the BURST mode provides some spectacular lightning effects which are great in the classroom to demonstrate lightning propogation.
In MIDI mode, the advanced microcontroller controlled interface allows the playing of both single (monophonic) and multiple (polyphonic) notes through your Tesla Coil. Onboard switches are used to select the various modes of operation while onboard trimmer potentiometers and shaft based potentiometers are provided to fully customize the interrupter to the specific needs of the end user as well as control the output effects of the interrupter. Onboard LED indicators continously provide the user with the operational feedback status of the interrupter which includes MIDI communication.
As this is truly a universal interrupter, we provide the option to use virtually any output connector possible to interface with your particular Tesla Coil. We include the options for both an Agilent HFBR1412T fiber optic transmitter as well as the low cost Industrial Fiber Optics IF-E96E fiber optic transmitter which utilizes bare fiber optic cable. For electrical connections, we provide both an RCA connector and BNC connector for output.
With ease and simplicity in mind, our kits are specifically designed to use thru-hole components which allows for quick and easy soldering. Also, our kits have all connectors and user controls mounted directly to the board (with the option of externally mounting them if desired) which gives a very neat and professional appearance.
The Universal MIDI 1.0 Interrupter is compatible with both our microBrute and miniBrute line of DRSSTCs!
MIDI Mode Operation (Two Plasmasonic DRSSTCs using two (2) Universal MIDI 1.0 Interrupters) playing the alien mothership dialogue from the movie, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
Dueling Banjos being played by two Plasmasonic Musical DRSSTCs using Universal MIDI 1.0 Interrupters in MIDI mode.
Universal MIDI 1.0 Interrupter operating in standard Pulse MODE.
Universal MIDI 1.0 Interrupter operating in Low Frequency Pulse MODE.
Universal MIDI 1.0 Interrupter operating in Burst MODE.
Universal MIDI 1.0 Interrupter operating in Jacobs Ladder MODE. This mode can be accessed by using either standard Pulse MODE or Low Frequency Pulse MODE and using a very closely positioned grounded strike target. In this video, however, there was a lot of wind which prevented the arc from rising due to its own heat. The wind actually was pushing it downward. But one can see the general effect.
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- Onboard MIDI Input Connector (5-Pin DIN)
- Optically Isolated Input
- PULSE mode PW range - 0-2ms
- PULSE mode FREQ range - 50-150Hz
- MIDI mode PW range (high note) - 0-1ms
- MIDI mode PW range (low note) - 0-1ms
- MIDI mode utilizes linear pulsewidth mapping (pulsewidth is scaled from the high and low PW setpoints)
- LOW FREQ mode PW range -0-2ms
- LOW FREQ mode FREQ range - 1-50Hz
- BURST mode - 0-10 pulses per burst (realtime controllable)
- RCA and BNC Output Connectors
- Fiber Optic Output Connector (ST) and Bare fiber
- Operational modes - User selectable via two onboard switches
- Pulsewidth Length - User Programmable
- Maximum Frequency Range - User Programmable
- Monophonic and Polyphonic Playback Available
- Multiple MIDI channels available (Channels 1-8 available and set via onboard DIPSWITCH)
- Terminal block option allows user to easily utilize external switches and potentiometers
Universal MIDI 1.0 Kit - No connectors
(Includes PCB board, MIDI connector, all components except output connectors)
Universal MIDI 1.0 Kit - Terminal Block options
This version includes a set of terminal blocks to use for allowing easy use of external switches and potentiometers. This is a great option for those wanted to use their own special switches and potentiometers inside a custom enclosure.
(Includes PCB board, MIDI connector, components, terminal blocks) Does not include output connectors
Universal MIDI 1.0 Kit - DELUXE VERSION
This version includes PCB board, MIDI connector, components, terminal blocks, and all output connectors including the HFBR1412T, IF-E96E, RCA, and BNC connectors. This kit is the best bang for the buck and is the most versatile kit we offer in this product line!
Add terminal blocks to any kit above.
Terminal blocks allow an easy option for users to add their own special switches and potentiometers to truly customize their project!
8 ohm Test Speaker for MIDI Interface Board
This test speaker allows you to audibly test your MIDI interface board prior to
connecting to your Tesla coil. This speaker connects directly to the output of the
MIDI interface board.
Yamaha UX-16 USB-to-MIDI Interface
This USB-to-MIDI interface is the one unit we have fully tested with our DRSSTCs and Controllers and what we recommend to everyone who is interested in playing music through their Tesla Coil using a laptop computer.
Power Supply, Plug-in, 9VDC, 1A
Battery Connector, 9V
Fiber Optic Cable, ST-ST, 62.5/125, 5 Meter Length (Orange)
Fiber Optic Cable, ST-ST, 62.5/125, 10 Meter Length (Orange)