Jam in time wirelessly with your modular gear
Desktop Modular Clock Generator with Ableton Link Integration
The Missing Link was inspired by the many attempts to synchronize friends at synth jams and meet ups. Someone is always too far away to get a patch cable to, or someone gets left out because they don’t have a way to clock, or another person has to compromise their unique setup to accommodate others.
The Missing Link makes it easy for Modular, iOS, and Desktop musicians, DJs, and noise-makers to synchronize their unique setups to jam in time using any available WiFi network.
Built upon the rock solid Raspberry Pi Zero W platform and Ableton’s Link API, Circuit Happy hand-crafted a small hardware box that is both functional and fun to use.
The Missing Link runs open source software built around Ableton’s Link technology. This means you share tempo and loop information amongst all the Link-enabled devices. So when you hit play, it waits to start the clock on the downbeat, in time and on time.
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.
Just power it up, connect to the WiFi, and start jamming!
- 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)
- Tap tempo for quickly setting tempo
- Built on a Raspberry Pi Zero W platform with custom circuits for the interface and analog outputs
- 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
Getting started with The Missing Link