If you won't be using it on stage or with other MIDI gear apart from a computer, a USB only on your keyboard controller should be okay. (Personally I find the connection more stable)
Modern PC's should allow you to route the MIDI signals to other USB-MIDI devices plugged into the PC within the OS or software. In my experience with Macs, you can do the ...
MIDI does not use 8-bit values. It uses 7-bit values.
Except where it doesn't, such as in pitch bend messages (14 bits), LSB controllers 32-63 (14 bits), or high-resolution velocity (14 bits).
It would be possible to define an alternate protocol with bigger numbers, but MIDI's biggest strength is interoperability, which any intended replacement would not ...
If you are using Suit download MAX4Live.
Under Live API, the parameter called selected Device is what you need to tap.
So essentially you'll be making one max patch to which u'll hard map your controller, while this max patch is aware and will control the selected device. so turning the knob on your controller will turn the knob of max patch as well the ...
Answering this just in case someone is looking for something similar.
I found a great solution that does exactly what I wanted: Synchronous Audio Router http://sar.audio/
Works perfectly for me, plus it's free. It allows me to mix my stream audio in Cubase or Studio One, use my hardware controller and all of my VSTs, which is just lovely.
The MIDI specification says:
When a Note-On is received after a Portamento Control message, the voice's pitch will glide from the key specified in the Portamento Control message to the new Note-On's pitch at the rate set by the portamento time controller.
CC84 should be a note number.
What I ended up doing for this is a bit hacky, but it works great.
I counted how many synth plugins I needed to run at any given time. In my case, it's 3. I counted how many midi knobs I had to use, and it's 8.
I created 3 tracks, and inside each track I created a chain. Each chain runs solo (using the chain selector), while all instruments in the ...
My M-Audio Mobile Pre-USB is not recognized my Yosemite; I can get it to work by unplugging the usb cable and re-plugging it in but it's gone after the next restart.
Cant find any updated drivers (yet). Strange behavior and inconvenient but it is a work around.
From what I have seen MIDI is a struggling technology but has a very practical and fundamental use hence why it has stuck around so long despite it being technologically old. If I were you I would not mind getting the USB only device if you are not intending on controlling a MIDI only device anytime soon. And even if you are you can get a USB to MIDI ...
This is an area I'm also keen on exploring, particularly with respect to synthesizer-based sound design. Most traditional controllers are performance interfaces, rather than interfaces for the actual design of sounds. Clearly design and performance are linked as any sound that is designed is going to require performance at some point, even if this is only ...
My design controllers lately have been:
My midi keyboard controlling Structure, a sampler plug-in
My Wacom tablet (as a mouse) to control the x/y parameters of GRM Tools
I've found this setup very useful (and fun) to perform motors, vehicles, whooshes/swishes, vocal processing, weapon movement, and such.
I do use physical controllers for designing sounds. I use Pro Tools for my work environment, and Pro Tools is very bad at allowing out of the ordinary controllers to interact in meaningful ways with the main DAW features. A MIDI controller, usually a keyboard, is good for controlling plug-in instruments like a sampler for great expressive use of pressure, ...