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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.

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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. Dec 5 '19 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. – Frederick Brummer Dec 10 '19 at 23:29
  • I've edited the original post, it no longer refers to TRRS – Frederick Brummer Dec 10 '19 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. Dec 11 '19 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. – Frederick Brummer Dec 13 '19 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
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  • Thanks! This is what I was looking for. Based on this I should be able to hook up the reset signal as well. – Frederick Brummer Dec 13 '19 at 23:03
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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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