Jam together wirelessly with modular synths,
drum machines, and iOS music apps
Desktop Modular Clock Generator with Ableton Link Integration
The Missing Link brings Ableton Link to the analog world. Connect The Missing Link’s clock output to your rack of modular synths or desktop sequencers and drum machines to keep your hardware in sync with other Ableton Link-enabled software and hardware. Now it is effortless to get jamming with iOS music apps and synchronize with DJ and VJ software that support Ableton Link. This box can also create its own WiFi network for hosting the wireless jam session. Plug in a USB battery pack and take all of your battery-powered noise-makers to the park to jam with your friends!
Easy WiFi Setup
When you first boot up The Missing Link it won’t know about your home or studio WiFi network. Once it detects that there is no netork connection The Missing Link will go in to “Access Point Mode” where it will become its own WiFi router. You then connect your mobile or desktop computer to The Missing Link’s WiFi access point, open a browser to a web page hosted on The Missing Link, and configure it to connect to your home or studio WiFi netork. The Missing Link reboots and it will now know how to get on to your network.
Link 3.0 Support
Now all your Link 3.0-compatible apps can tell The Missing Link to start or stop in sync. Or, The Missing Link can tell your other devices when to start and stop. It’s quite magical to watch.
Sometimes The Missing Link is a little ahead or behind in time with your other devices. Now you can adjust the delay compensation the way you would adjust track delay in Ableton Live or other DAWs.
… And more
- Ableton Link integration for wireless sync with compatible devices
- 5V clock output with user-setable PPQN (pulses per quarter note)
- 5V pulse output at the start of loop
- Push encoder for editing user settings (tempo, PPQN, Loop size, Reset Mode, Offset, Sync Start/Stop)
- Tap tempo for quickly setting tempo
- Built on a Raspberry Pi Zero W platform
- Built-in web interface for easily connecting to your WiFi network
- Can be powered by any 5V USB power source including USB batteries!
- Open source software and hardware designs
The Missing Link does not currently support outputting MIDI clock. We are exploring ways to extend The Missing Link to add this feature. Drop us a line if you’d like to hear more.
What’s a DIN Sync?
DIN Sync is a clock synchronization standard created before MIDI took over. It’s in a lot of older Roland and Korg gear such as the Roland TR-808 or 909. The Missing Link now supports DIN Sync via an 1/8″ TS to DIN plug adapter. It’s easy to make an adapter if you are handy with a soldering iron. Contact me if you are interested in buying one.
Getting started with The Missing Link
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