BC Manager 4.0.2 for Windows available now

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Mark van den Berg
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BC Manager 4.0.2 for Windows available now

As announced in this newsletter, BC Manager 4.0.2 for Windows can now be downloaded from the BC Manager page at this site.

In this version the "next/previous preset" buttons in the layout windows work correctly again. (This bug was introduced in BC Manager 4.0.0 for Windows. See this topic for discussion.)

There are also two improvements to the "Send firmware" operation:

  • A dialog box warns the user about the dangers of the operation.
  • The operation inserts a delay of 125 msec between consecutive SysEx messages, thereby hopefully eliminating the risk of buffer overflow in MIDI interfaces with small input buffers. (See this related topic.)

Note that there is no macOS edition of BC Manager 4.0.2: the bug concerning the next/previous preset buttons doesn't exist on macOS, and the improvements concerning "Send firmware" aren't important enough to warrant a whole new version. (Of course these improvements will be included in the next macOS edition of BC Manager, whenever that is released.)

Mark.

PatMaximum
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Hi Mark.

I'd imagine that if one inserted a blank Eprom into a BCR2000 then powered it up it should display the NOOS message yielding the ideal means to test the "Send Firmware" operation. I found my stash of Eproms, I know where the eraser is and am awaiting the delivery of a Programmer and have Rom binaries for the BCR and BCF. However I don't expect that doing so will resolve any issues with my BCR2000. Adding the caps to the top row encoders has certainly sorted out their erratic operation so tidied the job up removing the thru hole 100nf caps and replacing them with some 50nf smd's. The necessary evil of surface mount, with several pairs of reading glasses perched precariously. The remaining hardware issues relate specifically to all encoders/buttons of column 8 in that button 8 (top and bottom) wil toggle all other 7 of that row, irrespective of the element type (CC number, custom text) tho haven't explored NRPNS. Also encoders 8 of the botom 3 rows exhibit odd behaviors of their respective leds in that the led of encoder 8 appears normal in indicating the value of that element, other leds of the ring illuminate dimly and mirror the values of other encoder elements in the same row. Phew! Anyway I need another one and can see a session of pc board swapping on the horizon..

Cheers

Pat

Mark van den Berg
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I'd imagine that if one inserted a blank Eprom into a BCR2000 then powered it up it should display the NOOS message

No.
You need to put the BCR2000's bootloader code (8 KiB) on the EEPROM chip before inserting the chip in the BCR2000.
Without bootloader, the BCR2000 will just appear dead.
Among other things, the bootloader is responsible for the "noOS" message, and it contains the logic that allows you to upload any OS (e.g. via BC Manager's "Send firmware" routine).

fabi
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Thanks for keeping BC Manager up to date over all these years. Been using it freely for years and just sent a small donation via IBAN to you, Mark.

For some years I didn't use it, as the bcr's I have were converted to zaquencers for some time.

Mark van den Berg
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Thanks very much for your donation!

   Mark.

fabi
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Yeah, I got four bcr. Two as zaquencers, two as regular bcr with 14bit midi usage.

The way one can nowadays easily edit multiple encoders and buttons at once is also greatly appreciated! Don't know when that happened, but it's a lot quicker than assigning them one by one.

Is there any chance you'd partner up with Christian Stöcklmeier (I think that is his correct last name) of zaqaudio, so BC manager could also be used to test and backup zaquencer settings, easily? Of course the zaquencers only work with the hardware midi ports, not usb. Probably a bit too much wishful thinking on my part that something along those lines might happen, but one never knows. ;)

fabi
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Oh, had meant to add that I didn't use BC Manager, because the vanilla bcr's I have were put away in a suitcase in a closet, due to space constraints... :D

(no way to edit posts, is there?)

Mark van den Berg
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(no way to edit posts, is there?)

No, for reasons discussed in this topic, in particular this comment.