I use an Elektron Analog Four synthesizer (A4) to sequence a Eurorack modular synthesizer.

The A4 has four assignable CV/Gate outputs, as well as two MIDI outputs. One of the MIDI outputs can be configured to send DIN-SYNC instead of MIDI.

Because DIN-SYNC is just an analog clock and reset trigger, I'm thinking I should be able to adapt that output to sync directly with an Intellijel Steppy module without sacrificing any of the four assignable CVs.


It's unclear to me which cables I should buy to facilitate this. There are various DIN-to-TRS adapters on the market that cater to different implementations of the 1/8" MIDI jack, but I haven't seen anything specifically intended for this purpose.

Does anyone know of a product that can help me here?

Or, failing that, any advice on how to DIY a solution?

I'm trying to avoid buying a whole module just to get an analog clock from midi when the A4 theoretically already has that feature.

  • Why are you mentioning TRRS? Does the CLK input really have more than two signals?
    – CL.
    Commented Dec 5, 2019 at 19:05
  • Oh, good point. I got that wrong. I thought the 1/8" midi used TRRS, but you're right, it's just TRS. Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 23:29
  • I've edited the original post, it no longer refers to TRRS Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 23:30
  • TRS or TS? The Steppy manual does not appear to tell, but I don't think it needs more than two signals on the CLK input. (The DIN SYNC signals are known; the only question is what the Steppy needs.)
    – CL.
    Commented Dec 11, 2019 at 7:04
  • It's true, the click (CLK) input on the Steppy is TS. There's also a reset (RST) input. Where my post mentions "TRS", it's in reference to existing MIDI-to-1/8" adapters. Commented Dec 13, 2019 at 23:01

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Assuming that the Steppy has a TS jack with the signal at the tip, you need a cable that connects

  • pin 2 ↔ sleeve,
  • pin 3 ↔ tip.

DIN sync pinout

  • Thanks! This is what I was looking for. Based on this I should be able to hook up the reset signal as well. Commented Dec 13, 2019 at 23:03

These cables from ALM and Thonk look like they might do the trick: https://www.thonk.co.uk/shop/alm-dinsnyc-adapator/

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