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    Has anyone used the Artisan organ uMID hardware for a MIDI project?</P>


    Does it work well?</P>


    I'm thinking about using it was an Allen organ.</P>
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    uMIDI Re: Artisan organs

    No one has heard of the uMIDI hardware from Artisan?

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      I have been using using uMidi for a number of years with several Allens including my R311. It's reliable, easy to program and their customer service is usually very good. It controls 7 pipe ranks plus swell shades. </P>


      What are your plans?</P>


      Al</P>
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        Thank you Al for responding.</P>


        I plan to gut an old, very old,Allen and MIDIfy it playing it with MIDItizer or Jorgan. I eventually want to run chimes and a couple of ranks externally with it as well.</P>


        I like their website and options. They seem flexible and appear to have good instructions.</P>


        I would like to start small, just hooking up one manual and see how that works and start from there and let the project eventually grow little by little</P>


        Where should I start?</P>

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          You need an input board and a cpu board to do one keyboard. That's the easiest way to start.Download their software and write the definition file. You needa pc with a usb to midi adapter and you can begin. That will give you keyboard data on one channel. Later you can add more boards and revise the definition file. Nothing is wasted. Youi do need a good regulated 5v power supply, maybe an amp max current. They probably can supply one or I have some wall units that would be suitable.Also download their midi monitor program - quite useful to see what's going on.</P>


          Al</P>

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            HI - we recently purchased a uMidi system for our church, and all I can say is that Mark Andersen and company were very easy to work with, very helpful, and customer-oriented. I don't work for the company or receive anything in return for my comments; I just wanted to echo Al's experiences.</P>
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              I plan to use the Artisan system to build a 3-manual Theatre Organ in a Allen console. Red &amp; Mark are very nice to work with--give them a call or e-mail &amp; discuss your plans. </P>


              Toodles.</P>

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                Thank you everyone who has contributed here.</P>


                I think Artisan is the way to go. Their website has plenty of information on it and they have been making organ components for over 50 years.</P>


                As for the power supplies, correct me if I'm wrong, I need 5 volt for a standard application and 12 volt is if I need power to drive external devices like chest magnets as well as internal devices like stop action.</P>


                If I start with 5 volts and later down the road see the need for 12 volts, can I switch over to 12 then or will that blow the whole thing up?</P>


                Yes I want an organ but, NO I don't want to burn down the house!</P>


                Tony</P>

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                  A 5V supply is required for the control system. If you drive stop tablets in the console, you'll need a separate power supply for that in addition (not intead of). You can add the 12 volt supply later.</P>


                  Really, get in touch with Artisan. They are happy to answer questions and will help you pick the right parts. I hope to visit their shop after Christmas and hear in person their systems.</P>


                  Toodles.</P>

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