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VARIGATE 8+ FIRMWARE UPDATES

To update your Varigate 8+ firmware for new features and/or bug fixes please follow these instructions.

DOWNLOAD THE LATEST FIRMWARE VERSION: VARIGATE 8+ FIRMWARE 1.0.12

-Responds to clocks with shorter pulsewidth
-Slider response improved
-Quicker access to live record mode (Recall+Prob)
-Fixes random gate input and setting parameters with the “All” button combo

PREVIOUS FIRMWARE RELEASES:

VARIGATE 8+ FIRMWARE 1.0.11
-Fixes reset issue with external clock

VARIGATE 8+ FIRMWARE 1.0.10
-Adds support for Voltage Block
-Add support for two Varigate 8+ units to work in master/slave mode

VARIGATE 8+ FIRMWARE 1.0.7
-Fixes an issue with Key change reverting to “C” or not saving properly
-Fixes an issue with reset to first step when in external clock mode

DOWNLOAD TEENSY APPLICATION:

MAC OS X 10.5 and laterhttps://www.pjrc.com/teensy/teensy.dmg

WINDOWS XPhttps://www.pjrc.com/teensy/teensy.exe

WINDOWS 7 & VISTAhttps://www.pjrc.com/teensy/teensy.exe

 

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UPDATE USING A MAC:

  • Turn off your modular power, unscrew the module (but keep the power cable connected) and carefully connect it to your computer via usb cable. Turn your case power back on.
  • Push the button on the back of the Varigate 8+ module and hold for a few seconds. “Clock Out”, End Out” and “CV 2” LEDs will be dimly lit.
  • Launch the TEENSY application – When you open the disk image, it contains 1 item, the Teensy Loader application.

You may copy the Teensy Loader to your hard drive, perhaps even add it to your dock. But it will run perfectly directly from the disk image, so just double click it.

Yes, the Teensy Loader is safe, so click Open.

  • Now go to “File” and open the Vargate 8+ hex file
  • Now go to “Operation” and select “Program”
  • Now go to “Operation” and select “Reboot”

You can now turn your modular case power off, disconnect the usb cable, screw your module back in and power up.

NOTE YOU MAY NEED TO RECALIBRATE YOUR UNIT AFTER YOU’VE UPDATED THE FIRMWARE. 

Make sure sliders 1-8 are all the way to the left and sliders 9-16 are all the way to the right.Power on the module with Prob and Delay buttons held until all lights are on. Don’t move the sliders. Press Prob+Repeat to exit calibration mode. Power cycle the module to complete calibration.

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UPDATE USING WINDOWS XP:

  • Turn off your modular power, unscrew the module (but keep the power cable connected) and carefully connect it to your computer via usb cable. Turn your case power back on.
  • Push the button on the back of the Varigate 8+ module and hold for a few seconds. “Clock Out”, End Out” and “CV 2” LEDs will be dimly lit.
  • Launch the TEENSY application – TEENSY.EXE is a single file application, so there is no installer required. You may copy it anywhere on your computer.

Simply double click the application to run it. The first time it runs, Microsoft will ask you to confirm. This window should show “PJRC.COM, LLC” as the publisher.

  • Now go to “File” and open the Vargate 8+ hex file
  • Now go to “Operation” and select “Program”
  • Now go to “Operation” and select “Reboot”

You can now turn your modular case power off, disconnect the usb cable, screw your module back in and power up.

NOTE YOU MAY NEED TO RECALIBRATE YOUR UNIT AFTER YOU’VE UPDATED THE FIRMWARE. 

Make sure sliders 1-8 are all the way to the left and sliders 9-16 are all the way to the right.Power on the module with Prob and Delay buttons held until all lights are on. Don’t move the sliders. Press Prob+Repeat to exit calibration mode. Power cycle the module to complete calibration.

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UPDATE USING WINDOWS 7 & VISTA:

  • Turn off your modular power, unscrew the module (but keep the power cable connected) and carefully connect it to your computer via usb cable. Turn your case power back on.
  • Push the button on the back of the Varigate 8+ module and hold for a few seconds. “Clock Out”, End Out” and “CV 2” LEDs will be dimly lit.
  • Launch the TEENSY application – TEENSY.EXE is a single file application, so there is no installer required. You may copy it anywhere on your computer.

Simply double click the application to run it. The first time it runs, Microsoft will ask you to confirm. This window should show “PJRC.COM, LLC” as the publisher.

  • Now go to “File” and open the Vargate 8+ hex file
  • Now go to “Operation” and select “Program”
  • Now go to “Operation” and select “Reboot”

You can now turn your modular case power off, disconnect the usb cable, screw your module back in and power up.

NOTE YOU MAY NEED TO RECALIBRATE YOUR UNIT AFTER YOU’VE UPDATED THE FIRMWARE. 

Make sure sliders 1-8 are all the way to the left and sliders 9-16 are all the way to the right.Power on the module with Prob and Delay buttons held until all lights are on. Don’t move the sliders. Press Prob+Repeat to exit calibration mode. Power cycle the module to complete calibration.