HELP WITH SOUNDBLASTER X-FI MIDI

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HELP WITH SOUNDBLASTER X-FI MIDI

Postby bionicle_159 » 2018-10-14 @ 00:05

I've purchased an old 2006 X-Fi with the classic Soundblaster front panel and of course straight after LGR posted a video on it - pointing out the proprietary mini-din connector for MIDI devices!
I would really appreciate someone to do a simple write-up of the pin-out as this would save myself a big headache with dealing with eBay sellers, as the prices for the adaptor cables are annoyingly high on eBay UK for what is essentially a simple wire conversion.
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Re: HELP WITH SOUNDBLASTER X-FI MIDI

Postby Salient » 2018-10-14 @ 08:35

I measured my own cable and came up with this:

Male mini DIN:
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Female DIN end:
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I only use the MIDI out of my X-Fi so I am not totally sure if the other conversion cable could be different but as I recall it, they are both the same and not specifically labeled for MIIDI IN or MIDI OUT.
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Re: HELP WITH SOUNDBLASTER X-FI MIDI

Postby bionicle_159 » 2018-10-14 @ 13:53

so are the blank pins ground?
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Re: HELP WITH SOUNDBLASTER X-FI MIDI

Postby Salient » 2018-10-14 @ 14:08

bionicle_159 wrote:so are the blank pins ground?


Blank pins are not connected anywhere.
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Re: HELP WITH SOUNDBLASTER X-FI MIDI

Postby bionicle_159 » 2018-10-14 @ 15:26

Thanks for clearing that up for me, I knew I could count on VOGONS for support! I'm sure this will help a lot of people who are bound to run into the same issue. I'll order the connectors in the next few weeks, perhaps in the future I might design a low-profile 3D printed block adapter that simply plugs into the recessed area of the front panel MIDI port.
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Re: HELP WITH SOUNDBLASTER X-FI MIDI

Postby bionicle_159 » 2018-10-14 @ 15:33

*This may come across a bit daft but what is the blue section for? I was under the impression that the notch was just for lining up the connector, not having any electrical relevance.
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Re: HELP WITH SOUNDBLASTER X-FI MIDI

Postby Kamerat » 2018-10-14 @ 17:29

bionicle_159 wrote:*This may come across a bit daft but what is the blue section for? I was under the impression that the notch was just for lining up the connector, not having any electrical relevance.

Usually that's connected to the cable shielding.
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Re: HELP WITH SOUNDBLASTER X-FI MIDI

Postby Tiido » 2018-10-18 @ 03:57

Shields and grounds are to be connected only on one end (one connecting to MIDI out) on the MIDI cables to prevent ground loops from happening.
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