Very simple MIDI switch - wiring diagram?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by loar1923, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. loar1923

    Thread Starter New Member

    Dec 15, 2012
    I have a problem that is probably very simple for someone with a lot of electronics knowledge (which is to say, not me).

    Basically, I want to build a simple MIDI switch, and when I say "simple" I mean two female connectors with an on/off switch between them.

    I have two pieces of musical gear that have very simple MIDI implementation. If they're connected, one sends PC commands to the other, resulting in simultaneous changes of settings, programs, etc. This can be very helpful, but in circumstances where I don't want them both to change, it would be nice to be able to interrupt the MIDI command pathway by simply stomping a small switch.

    Can anyone suggest (or even explain) how to wire such a thing? Do I need a complex circuit here, or can this essentially be a pipe with a valve in the middle?
  2. SPQR


    Nov 4, 2011
    Based on THIS page, it looks like a Radio Shack box, two MIDI connectors of your choice, and a switch on Pin 4 might do the trick.