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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.

VARIGATE 8+ 2.0b11 BETA version is now available for download: VARIGATE 8+ FIRMWARE 2.0b11

We have tested this version quite extensively but being that we’ve included a few new features, we are releasing it as beta for a few weeks and are open to receiving direct feedback. If you have something to report, send an email to: [email protected]
In the subject line of your email, give us 7 or less words that describes what you’re experiencing.
In the body of your email, list your setup and more in-depth details regarding what you’re experiencing.

MAIN FIXES AND IMPROVEMENTS:

-Reset issues w/ external and internal sync
-Additional slider response improvements over 1.0.12
-Division and multiplication no longer adds extra gate

NEW FEATURES:

SYNC MODES
There are now 2 different sync modes you can set your Varigate 8+ to in order support various clock devices like µMIDI. NOTE: You also must be in this newly added mode for RESET function to work while in internal clock as well as external clock.
To enter the newly added sync mode:
Hold PW, NOTE & GLIDE at the same time and push RPT button. To switch back to the current default setting for sync, hold PW, NOTE & GLIDE and push PROB.

BOUNCING BALL
We’ve added a feature where gates will repeat with an elastic feel.
To enter this mode:
Set some repeats on a channel, steps 6, 7 and 8 for instance, and then press the GLIDE button. Now while the GLIDE button is lit, move those same sliders to the right (0-100%). Repeats will now ramp up or down based on the number of repeats programmed on the following step. 0% is instant and 100% takes the entire step to get to the new value. Experiment with this one!

LIVE CV RECORD MODE
This new feature turns channel buttons 1-8 into a keyboard.
To enter this mode:

  1. Press play so the sequencer is running.
  2. Select the CV channel you wish to activate the keyboard for. NOTE button should now be lit, as per usual.
  3. Press TRACK and then set the key, root and scale intervals you want.
  4. Now hold RECALL while pressing PROB. You should now see all of the gate channel buttons are lit. You can now play these buttons like keys and these notes will be recorded per step.
  5. To change the keyboard range, press the CV channel buttons (CV button 1 down, CV button 2 up)
  6. To exit this mode, press RECALL and PROB again.

 

PREVIOUS FIRMWARE RELEASES:

 

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

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 or all controls will be 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.

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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.

 

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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 or all controls will be 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.