MIDI Program Change 1 to 128


The MIDI Program Change Commands can change the sound/voice in a MIDI sound module/synthesiser. There are 4 momentary action switch inputs which can work in parallel with momentary action foot-pedals. An advantage of using Program Change data is that you can interface with a lot of MIDI controlled effects units. The 4 switches can increment/decrement the Program Change value, from 1 to 128, in steps of +1, -1, +10 or -10. Note that this unit operates via the MIDI IN and OUT sockets only and not through the USB connection.

The MIDI signal is also looped from the MIDI IN socket to the MIDI OUT socket so data can be looped through a number of other MIDI units.


The unit detects the incoming MIDI data and passes it unchanged to the MIDI Output. However a Program Change command can also be transmitted whenever any of the 4 momentary action switches are pressed, on the MIDI channel which corresponds to the DIP switch MIDI channel (1-16) setting.

If any System Common, Realtime or Exclusive events are detected they are passed directly from the input to the output. System Exclusive messages will be sent until the End of System Exclusive message is received. However if a system realtime message is received during a System Exclusive message it is also passed to the output.

Power Supply:

External power can come either from an AC-to-DC adapter or battery. The adapter can be connected by plugging a 2.1mm center-positive plug  into the board's power jack.

The board can operate on an external supply of 7 to 20 volts. If supplied with less than 7V, however, the 5V pin may supply less than five volts and the board may be unstable. If using more than 12V, the voltage regulator may overheat and damage the board. The recommended range is 7 to 12 volts.

MIDI Channel Selection:

The MIDI Program Change commands are all channel (1-16) dependent. The system will also work with MIDI running status.

DIP Switch Selections



4 3 2 1
on on on on 1
on on on off 2
on  on  off on 3
on on off off 4
on off on on 5
on off on off 6
on off off on 7
on off off off 8
off on on on 9
off on on off 10
off on  off on 11
off on off off 12
off off on on 13
off off on off 14
off off off on 15
off off off off 16

Table 1 MIDI Channel


The MIDI Program Change Unit consists of:
  • An assembled, built and tested Arduino board including a suitable pre-programmed microcontroller,
  • The MIDI channel (1-16) is user selectable via the 4-way DIP switch
  • A 2.1mm power socket, and associated LED,
  • A MIDI activity LED,
  • An assembled, built and tested MIDI In/Out Board,
  • A 150mm wired MIDI 5-pin DIN input socket,
  • A 150mm wired MIDI 5-pin DIN output socket,
  • 4 off 0.1" pin-terminal switch inputs,
  • 4 off 0.1" pin-terminal LED outputs,


The MIDI Program Change Unit requires:
  • a 9v battery or equivalent DC power source,
  • 4  momentary action switches,
  • 4 LEDs



The MIDI Program Change Unit Resources:
MIDI Program Change 1 to 128


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