MIDI to DIN sync adapter

A quick one to construct, upon stumbling across Colin Fraser’s adapter, I just had to give it a spin.. Here’s his description about it:

..details of what may be the smallest, lowest part-count MIDI to Din / Din to MIDI Sync convertor about. A big advantage of this design is that the circuit uses so little power, it can be reliably powered from the MIDI output socket of another device. The disadvantage is, it won’t cope with a PC that sends very irregular MIDI clock pulses, so YMMV.

..eventually, I ended up constructing two :). MIDISync1 was built to perfboard whereas MIDISync2 was built with sockects and parts only. The latter was moreover a test of “how compact I can make the adapter” and thus isn’t as sturdy as MIDISync1. The only “frame” MIDISync2 has are the two DIP sockets glued together and one could easily break it by twisting lightly from both DIN connectors. If the connectors were bridged with long screws or the whole unit was encased, the construct would be more solid of course.

Not much to it, so here’s what my adapters turned out like:

Top view of MIDISync 1

Bottom side of MIDISync 1

Top view of MIDISync 2

Bottom view of MIDISync 2

Colin’s page about the adapter is here.

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