MRCC - MIDI Router Control Center

Created by Steven Barile

A modern reinvention of the MIDI router by Conductive Labs

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Parts are on their way for PCBA
3 months ago – Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 06:45:34 PM

Hello backers, just a quick update to note a milestone on the way to production. We've got all of the parts for 1000 MRCCs heading to the PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) vendor. Exciting despite the dingy view from inside the delivery truck :-)

Parts to make 1000 MRCCs in the delivery truck

We are on track to get the new samples (5) and pilot units (45) completed before Chinese New Year.

Here are some not so great pictures of the new circuit boards:

The new MRCC Main board. We made them matt black to reduce light scatter to the light pipes:

MRCC Main board 1.1

We will panelize the mezzanine board for less PCB waste before we go to production...

Mezzanine 1.1 left end
Mezzanine 1.1 OLED driver section

Our friend and award-winning industrial designer Nick Oakley came up with a nice graphic design for the MRCC Remote 7. When the Backerkit survey arrives, you will have the opportunity to order this for delivery with MRCC.

Remote 7 MIDI Extender for MRCC

The "Ethernet" port is not Ethernet, but it uses an Ethernet cable to cleanly extend ports from MRCC to where you need them in your studio. It requires an Ethernet cable with shielded connectors that are connected to each other via the ground wire in the cable. We've tested up to 35 feet so far, but we have a 50 foot cable on the way. When we ship MRCC, these ports will be replicas of MRCC outputs 1 through 5. However, we will attempt to turn these into five separately routable additional ports in a future firmware update. It's already wired for that.

That's it for now, we'll be back with another update when we've got the new samples.

All the best,

Steve and Darryl

Happy New Year from Conductive Labs!
3 months ago – Wed, Jan 06, 2021 at 02:34:23 AM

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Now taking Pre-Orders for MRCC
4 months ago – Tue, Dec 08, 2020 at 10:29:14 PM

Just a quick note to say, that due to (very) popular demand, we've opened an MRCC Pre-Order store on Backerkit. We're estimating a ship date for pre-orders starting late March. 

MRCC Pre-Orders

Of course there will be no units sent for pre-orders before we fulfill our Kickstarter obligations. We are still aggressively aiming to beat Chinese New Year; they start vacation on February 5th. 

As Kickstarter backers, you will have the opportunity to select add-ons to MRCC when the survey is sent out, shortly before shipping. Please don't order accessories on the pre-order site, wait for the survey. Also note, your Perk comes with Rack Ears included.

Our manufacturing rep has yet to ship us the new enclosure samples, they rightly prioritized getting parts ordered before running around to make the samples. We expect they will be on the way this week. They are currently working to finish them and shared some pics.

Right side Rack Ear
Left Rack Ear
Right Side Desktop Ear
Unfinished Enclosure with Light Pipes

On the software front, Steve is working the burn down list which is rapidly shrinking. The biggest item left on the list is saving preset data for non-routing items, such as for the arpeggiators, velocity maps, and keyboard splits. Steve estimates he'll be ready for the pilot build with at least beta quality, just in time to do a round of testing.

The new circuit board designs will be complete this week. We've been running into more parts shortages and had to replace a few more components. Nothing risky fortunately. 

While we wait for parts to arrive, we'll be completing the OLED screen protector design, and dialing in the enclosure. We've already noticed some of the models don't match the actual part size so we need to adjust some hole positions and sizes. Minor issues.

Screen cover model

That's all for now. Once we have the finished enclosure samples we will share some pics of those.

All the best,

Steve and Darryl

Testing Pre-Production Boards Status
5 months ago – Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 11:30:21 PM

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MRCC Production Candidate 1 Samples
5 months ago – Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 01:10:00 PM

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