Conduit support

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FAQs

Usage

Conduit is a premium, easily configurable, ultra-reliable MIDI distribution box that will work with most 1/4″ MIDI equipped effects pedals, allowing you to send MIDI data coming through a traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI connection to pedals that receive MIDI data via a 1/4″ TRS connection.

It also offers the best USB computer connection available for TRS MIDI pedals, allowing you to send MIDI to your 1/4” MIDI pedals from Conduit’s USB jack.

It also can be used as a USB MIDI interface for DIN pedals, allowing it to be used for things like updating your Timeline, BigSky, or Mobius.

Conduit operates in two distinct modes: Standalone and USB MIDI Interface modes.

Standalone Mode

Conduit always operates in Standalone mode unless it is connected to a computer via the USB-C port. This mode is used for distributing MIDI data received at the DIN MIDI IN to the 1/4” TRS jacks and the DIN MIDI OUT port. A common example of this is connecting a MIDI controller to the DIN MIDI IN of Conduit which distributes the MIDI data out to the 1/4” TRS jacks and DIN MIDI OUT port.

The diagram below illustrates the cable connections when using Conduit as a MIDI distribution box in Standalone mode without a USB connection.

The diagram below illustrates the flow of MIDI data when using Conduit as a MIDI distribution box without a USB connection.

USB MIDI Interface Mode

Conduit enters USB MIDI Interface mode when it is connected to a computer via the USB-C port. When USB is connected, Conduit will expose each of the TRS jacks and the 5-pin DIN pair as an independent MIDI device in the connected computer.

  • Conduit MIDI Ports 1-4 correspond with the 1/4″ TRS jacks numbered 1-4.
  • Conduit MIDI Port 5 corresponds with the 5-pin DIN MIDI IN/ MIDI OUT ports.
  • Conduit MIDI Port 6 will appear as a background USB communication port.

The diagram below illustrates the cable connections to the inputs and outputs of Conduit when connected to a computer via USB.

The diagram below illustrates the flow of MIDI data and how the exposed MIDI ports on the computer relate to the inputs and outputs of Conduit when it is connected to a computer via USB.

Conduit has 4 different configurations that can be used to work with just about any 1/4” MIDI pedal.

Press the SET button at any time to show the configuration state of all 1/4” TRS jacks:

  • GREEN = Tip Send (bi-directional)
    • Conduit sends MIDI at the TIP and receives at the RING.
    • This is the default setting for all jacks and is what is used to connect to Strymon pedals.
    • Compatible with: Red Panda, Bondi Effects, Alexander Pedals, and Empress Effects
  • RED = Ring Send (bi-directional)
    • Conduit sends MIDI at the RING and receives at the TIP.
    • Compatible with: Chase Bliss
  • AMBER = Tip and Ring Send (MIDI OUT only)
    • Conduit sends MIDI at both the TIP and the RING.
    • This configuration can be used to connect two pedals to a single 1/4” TRS jack requiring TIP SEND MIDI communication using a TRS Y-cable adapter.

  • PURPLE = TRS Type A (MIDI OUT only)
    • Conduit sends MIDI OUT only with the RING as the current source and TIP as the current sink.
    • Compatible with: Boss 200 series, Jackson Audio, Swindler Effects, Cooper FX, Neunaber Audio

If you are unsure as to how your 1/4″ MIDI pedal receives incoming MIDI data, please refer to the user manual of the pedal for more information.

Each of Conduit’s TRS jacks can be independently configured to one of four MIDI communication modes to accommodate a variety of different TRS MIDI pedals.

  • To change the jack configuration of Conduit’s four TRS jacks, start with Conduit disconnected from power.
  • From here, connect power to Conduit while at the same time pressing and holding the SET button.
  • All five LEDs will blink to indicate SETUP mode. The four 1/4″ TRS jack LEDs will blink with a color indicating their current configuration:

GREEN = Tip Send

RED = Ring Send

AMBER = Tip and Ring Send

PURPLE = TRS TYPE A

  • To change the configuration of the desired jack, plug a cable into the jack, then unplug it. The LED color will change to indicate the new configuration mode.
  • To save and exit SETUP mode, press the SET button once more.
  • Conduit is now ready to use.

For any jacks that are configured for GREEN-TIP SEND configuration for pedals that receive MIDI IN data on the TIP of the cable connection (such as Strymon pedals), if you are only sending MIDI data to the pedal(s) without receiving MIDI data back, you can use mono TS (TIP/SLEEVE) cables to connect the pedal(s) to Conduit.

Also, in AMBER-TIP and RING SEND configuration, you can use mono TS cables connected to the TRS Y-Cable adapter plugged into the jack set to that mode for connecting up to two pedals that receive MIDI IN data at the TIP of the cable.

Yes, you can! Conduit works as a great choice for a MIDI interface with which to update your Timeline, BigSky or Mobius.

You can use it to connect the pedals to Nixie to update them through the software, or if your pedals have older firmware, you can use 3rd party apps to manually load newer firmware onto your pedals.

For more information on updating your Timeline, BigSky, or Mobius, click here.

The USB-C port on Conduit is used for connecting to a host computer for use as a MIDI interface on that system.  It does not support the connection of any other device to use Conduit as a USB host.  Third party pedals that can only communicate with MIDI via their own USB port cannot be connected to Conduit’s USB-C port.  These pedals would need to be connected directly to a USB host device or computer.

Conduit includes built-in threaded hardware and screws that can be used to mount it directly to most pedalboards.

Included in the box is a drill template and instructions you can use to easily mount your Conduit.

You can also download a drill template with instructions below.

Conduit is also light enough that it can be mounted with quality fastener tape such as Velcro® or Dual Lock™.

Drill Template & Mounting Instructions

Troubleshooting

If your connected ¼” MIDI pedals are not responding to data, make sure to check with the user manual of the pedal to verify that the TRS jack configuration of the jack it is connected to is set for proper MIDI communication.  Also, ensure that the pedal is set to the correct MIDI channel that corresponds with the commands you are sending.

If you are still having issues once you’ve made sure your pedals are on the correct TRS jack configuration and MIDI channel, you can try using different TRS cables to connect your pedals to Conduit to see if that helps.

If you still have issues, please email us at [email protected] for further assistance.

If your Conduit is not powering up, double-check that you are providing the right type of power — Conduit requires 50mA at 9V DC center negative.

If you are powering from the 9V DC jack, try powering it via the USB jack to see if that powers your Conduit. If possible, try different 9V DC power sources and USB Type-C cables to see if a bad cable could be the issue.

If you still have issues, please email us at [email protected] for further assistance.

Specs

To power Conduit, we recommend a power supply that provides 9VDC (center negative) and a minimum of 50mA, center-negative polarity.  Conduit can also be powered by USB when connected to a computer and used only as a MIDI interface with the computer.

NOTEConduit no longer distributes MIDI data received at the DIN MIDI IN when connected to a computer via USB.  MIDI data received at the MIDI IN port is only sent to Conduit Port 5 on the computer when USB is connected.

Do not subject your Strymon device to any voltage above 9V. Doing so will damage your device and void your warranty.

Dimensions: 2.63” deep x 3.5” wide x 1.2” tall (7.2 cm deep x 9 cm wide x 3.8 cm tall)

Weight: 5 oz. (141 g)

Warranty

Strymon Non-Transferrable Limited Warranty

Warranty

Strymon warranties its products and their varying components to be free from defects in material and workmanship for the following periods of time from the original date of purchase when purchased from an Authorized Strymon Dealer:

  • Effects Pedals
    • 2 Years – Compadre, Iridium, NightSky, Riverside, Sunset, Volante,
    • 1 Year – BigSky, blueSky, Brigadier, Deco, DIG, El Capistan, Flint, Lex, Mobius, OB.1, Ola, Orbit, TimeLine
  • Eurorack Modules
    • 2 Years – AA.1, Magneto
  • Power Supplies
    • 5 Years – Zuma, Zuma R300, Ojai, Ojai R30
    • 1 Year – Factory power supplies for pedals
  • Accessories
    • 2 years – Conduit
    • 1 Year – MiniSwitch, MultiSwitch Plus, original MultiSwitch, MIDI EXP Cables, DC Power Cables, EIAJ-05 Link Cables, 24V Power Adapter for Ojai/Ojai R30, Polarity Reversal Adapters, Voltage Doubler Adapters, Daisy-Chain Power Cables

If the product fails within the warranty period, Strymon will repair or, at our discretion, replace the product at no cost to the original purchaser.

Exclusions

This warranty covers defects in manufacturing discovered while using this product as recommended by Strymon. This warranty does not cover loss or theft, nor does the coverage extend to damage caused by misuse, abuse, unauthorized modification, improper storage, lightning, or natural disasters. Damage caused by any of the above circumstances may result in a non-warranty repair fee.

Products that were purchased from an unauthorized dealer are not covered under warranty.  The warranty is non-transferrable and does not cover used or second-hand products.

Limits of Liability

In the case of malfunction, the purchaser’s sole recourse shall be repair or replacement, as described in the preceding paragraphs. Strymon will not be held liable to any party for damages that result from the failure of this product. Damages excluded include, but are not limited to, the following: lost profits, lost savings, damage to other equipment, and incidental or consequential damages arising from the use, or inability to use this product. In no event will Strymon be liable for more than the amount of the purchase price, not to exceed the current retail price of the product. Strymon disclaims any other warranties, express or implied. By using the product, the user accepts all terms herein.

How to Obtain Service Under this Warranty

For North American customers: Contact Strymon through our website at http://www.strymon.net/support for Return Authorization and information. Proof of original ownership may be required in the form of a purchase receipt.

For International Customers: Contact the Strymon dealer from which the product was purchased from in order to arrange warranty repair service.

Your warranty is valid in the region of purchase. For example, if you buy your product in Japan, any service-related issues will need to be handled in Japan. Products purchased in the United States can only be repaired in the United States.

To locate your nearest authorized Strymon dealer, please use the following link:

Authorized Strymon Dealers

You can also contact Strymon directly at (805) 468-8788 or (800) 980-8160 for help finding your nearest authorized Strymon dealer.

Strymon products purchased from an authorized dealer are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty.  A purchase receipt from an authorized dealer is required with any request for warranty service.

Please note that any Strymon products that have been purchased from an unauthorized dealer are not eligible for coverage under the manufacturer’s warranty. If you are uncertain, please contact Strymon directly at (805) 468-8788 or (800) 980-8160 before your purchase.

***NOTE: Warranties for Strymon products are non-transferrable.  Second-hand items, including sales from websites such as craigslist, Ebay, and Reverb are not covered by a manufacturer’s warranty.  Furthermore, there are no authorized dealers on Amazon, Ebay, or Reverb selling “NEW” Strymon products in the USA.***

 

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