Just Friends: Version Four (and more!)

A final form

Version four represents the complete vision of Just Friends, though minor updates continue to shore up final intentions. Get the latest release, with all the instructions and info, at the GitHub release page.

Just Friends: Version Three point Two

It's new, but mostly not. Expand your friends' digital literacy

Upon first release, Just Friends was finished. There was considered to be no path toward 'firmware upgrades' and a bootloader was very nearly left off the module altogether. But for one thing, Just Type, a digital communication layer between Just Friends and monome's Teletype. After a failed attempt to shoe-horn in the functionality, and the whole RUN-jack ordeal in late 2016, rewriting the software (along with changes to the hardware) didn't seem such a bad idea.

The main thing one will notice on first use is that the CURVE control has been switched around – sine and square waves have switched sides. The driving force here was to improve the transition into the square shape; a much more natural fit with the fast-rising logarithmic shape. Many smoother flavours of PWM are thus available.

While Just Type is admittedly aimed at a small userbase of scripting Eurorack users, the broader benefit is that the synthesis engine has been brought into a new RUN mode. SIFT has been removed (it's mostly accessible from SHIFT) and SPILL moved, thus now FLOOM mode can be present. This new mode provides an internal modulation oscillator on every channel. Thus each voice is a 2-operator FM voice. The ratio of the oscillators can be set via RUN voltage, and modulation amount via the FM knob & cv input.

A prior bug in STRATA mode has been remedied, and a hardware calibration mode has been added (though remains mostly unnecessary). Otherwise Just Friends remains largely the same.



JF v3.2.a6

See the JF Firmware Update Instructions for how to complete the update.



v3.2.a6: 2020-07-07

v3.2.a4: 2020-06-29 (Support in Crow v2.0)

v3.1.2: 2018-11-26

v3.1.1: 2018-08-13

v3.0.5: 2018-04-18




General functionality:

RUN modes:

Herein Just Type is explained to some extensive degree.