KordBot Beta Firmware V6 - September 2020
Phew… what a wait. I’m sorry.
Most of you already know the reasons why, KordBot firmware development is now back on track.
Ok, so what’s new?
Huge amounts of code re-write, KordBot now happily sits with an idle CPU around 60% of the time.
Greatly improved key response.
External MIDI clock sync
Completely re-written, KordBot is now super tight.
You no longer have to ‘Arm’ your first chord.
KordBot will accept external MIDI clock from both USB or MIDI DIN.
Pressing ‘X’ with the arp running (on either internal, or external clock) will stop the arp.
HINT: I like to have quantise set to 8, as it helps you to get the arp running ‘in time’ with your music, as well as just at the correct tempo when you hit the keys.
External MIDI input
You may now trigger the KordBot note keys from an external controller, with velocity.
Works from USB/MIDI DIN
Currently, will ONLY receive external keys on MIDI CH 1
HINT: As memory pad triggers still have their own setup screen (SHIFT + F4) remember to NOT use MIDI channel 1 for these, as they will clash with the note keys.
Update Via SD Card
This will be the method of firmware update moving forward. Which will make the whole updating procedure much simpler for everyone. In the very worst of circumstances (bricked KordBot) you will always be able to fall back on the old method.
This firmware update must be performed in two stages (subsequent fw updates will just be a case of dragging a file onto your SD card)
Firstly, using the old method (WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND DOING THIS ON WINDOWS) please update your KordBot using this bootloader firmware kb_bootloader.dfu (29.2 KB)
If you need a refresher on how to achieve this, follow along this video:
Once you have completed this step, download the main firmware application
kordbot-5a4f1ad-20200905a.upf (704.5 KB)
Place this file on a FAT32 formated SD Card and then insert the card, gold contacts facing up, into your KordBot
Connect USB and power up, You should see some text on the screen showing you that KordBot is updating.
The update process should take around 10 seconds.