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All of our MIDI products, including the C16, were discontinued in May 2005.

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C16 MIDI Control Unit

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Multi-preset hardware MIDI control surface

C16 sliders select MIDI targetThis popular MIDI control box has sixteen 60mm slider controls. The sliders may be assigned to a wide variety of MIDI parameter and variable change functions. The assignments are held as one hundred preset Target templates, built-in to the C16. The preset Target templates are selected by number, using two of the sliders, while holding down the TARGET SELECT pushbutton. The currently-active TARGET NUMBER is shown on a two-digit seven-segment numeric LED display. The use of lots of presets means you won't freak out trying to program this MIDI controller and editor.

You can use the faders on the C16 MIDI control surface to control volume, pan, effects sends, and many other parameters of many popular electronic musical devices (old and new). The C16 is pre-programmed with the MIDI Control Change (controller) , MIDI Parameter (RPN and NRPN) and MIDI System Exclusive codes for manipulating the sound on a wide range of popular synths, sound modules, sound cards and software. Therefore, this versatile MIDI control surface can act as a hardware front panel for a synthesizer or as a compact MIDI mixer. Every good boy deserves faders.

MIDI sliders for computer musicianIn a typical MIDI set-up, you might place the C16 MIDI control box between the MIDI OUT of your master keyboard and the MIDI IN of your sequencer (hardware or computer). In this way, your sequencer can record the movements of the sliders. This feature gives the User easy access to expressive effects such as trendy filter sweeps.

The C16 MIDI control unit automatically merges the MIDI data from the keyboard with that generated by moving the sliders. This means that you don't have to swap around MIDI cables, and you don't require an external merge unit.

The unit is easy to use: select a preset Target and wiggle the sliders. For information about Targets, please refer to the chart of the TARGET LIST complete with slider assignments.

Reloadable User Targets

MIDI control box editor programThere is also the option of user-programming two Target templates (Target numbers 98 and 99), each consisting of sixteen sliders. You can transfer the settings for these thirty-two sliders to the C16 box via System Exclusive messages. These settings are held in non volatile-memory, so the information is retained when power is removed from the C16. This feature means that, when used in conjunction with a computer, the C16 becomes a fully programmable MIDI control center. User Target sets are available for free download. To help with generating and editing User Targets (and transmitting them to the C16), you can download free C16 Editor programs for the Macintosh® and PCs running Windows®.

boy turns switchA sixteen-position rotary switch is provided; it is usually used for selecting the MIDI channel, or sometimes the device number.

Target number 7 is called Quick Mixer, it provides easy access to volume, pan, reverb send, chorus send, variation effect send, balance and expression across sixteen MIDI channels simultaneously. The channel numbers correspond to the slider numbers. When this Target is selected, the sixteen-position rotary switch is used to change functions, so you can simply and rapidly switch between them.

Send All button

There is a SEND ALL pushbutton, which updates the target device with all the slider positions. A lamp in the display window flashes to clearly indicate when MIDI data is transmitted by the C16. The lamp flashes for data being transferred from the MIDI in port, as well as that generated as a result of movement on the front panel controls of C16 itself.

Space is provided on the hardy polyester front panel to name the fader assignments. The C16 MIDI control center features a built-in ac power supply and is supplied with a detachable mains lead (ac power cord).

Robust and reliable

The sturdy ABS enclosure is compact at 210mm x 135mm x 55mm, so it doesn't take up too much space on a crowded work-surface. This fine controller box has one MIDI IN port and one MIDI OUT port. The unit alone weighs 550g, and complete with enclosures and packaging the gross weight is about 1.2 kg.

The C16 MIDI control box has fully proven itself to be an outstandingly robust and reliable product.

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The Phillip Reece C16 provides a hardware MIDI control panel with 16 sliders.