Connect & Control MIDI Devices from your Sonic

We are going to change gears for the next couple of posts and talk a little about using MIDI with OAX. We will look at that in a couple of different forms. The first one we will dive into is connecting to a external sound module and the ability to send bank and program change commands to that device.

All of that is done by creating a user sound. Once you have that sound created you can save it as part of a user preset and control your external device completely from the touchscreen on your Sonic.

 

6 thoughts on “Connect & Control MIDI Devices from your Sonic

  • 12/27/2016 at 09:58
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    Hi Curt
    As a suggestion for when you come to VSTs, download the free version of Hauptwerk https://www.hauptwerk.com/ as the configuration for it is already built into the Sonic, thus you can start slowly to get the feel for the use of VSTs, before moving on to separate VST instruments (Such as Kontakt) and then VST Effects.
    BTW: If you need any help with Midi or VSTs, let me know, as I have been using Midi since it first came out in 1983, and VSTs since they were introduced in the middle 90s. (Both with hardware instruments and in a dedicated DAW)
    Happy experimenting
    Bill

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    • 12/27/2016 at 10:17
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      Hi Bill,

      I like that idea. I actually have Hauptwerk and one other VST downloaded to play around. Until you mentioned it I forgot that I had Hauptwerk. Let me go dust that off and take a look at it again.

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      • 12/27/2016 at 13:42
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        Imagine my surprise when I ran though an install of Hauptwerk on a virtual PC when:
        During the install, you are prompted about the MIDI device you will be connecting to and of all things “Wersi” is listed as a choice.

        I know that both companies “support” each other but I don’t think I have ever run across Wersi in any other software but Wersi software?

        Hauptwerk VST install on OAX coming soon… If you hear a big boom – It’s only me – 🙂

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  • 12/27/2016 at 09:36
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    There is less chance of problems occurring with VSTs etc. on the Sonic than on a normal computer, as the Sonic is optimised for music software, (Everything not needed for this has been turned off in Windows 10 on the Sonic) whereas a standard computer is for general use, (NOTE: You can optimise any computer for music use, just do a quick google search for the settings for your OS version) although to be honest, Windows 10 only requires minimal mods to get the best from music software. (Earlier versions of Windows need more work though)
    NOTE: Always use a separate user account for music if you are using your general computer, that way you can optimise the account for best performance with music software, and not interfere with anything else.
    Happy experimenting
    Bill

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  • 12/27/2016 at 07:10
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    Thanks Chris. Keep us posted on how you make out. I have the PC, I have the Sonic. I’m still missing an interface before I can take things to the next level. Probably going to go with a Focusrite unit.

    In the mean time, I’m going to go ahead and install at least one VST directly on the Sonic just to see it work and the steps that are involved.

    I’ll post a video or two of that as I make progress.

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  • 12/27/2016 at 06:45
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    Hi Curt
    Another excellent video, after re-reading Jeff’s articles (OAS/OAX upgrade) I think that using a second processor with midi connections is definitely the way to go. No chance of messing up any of the Sonics settings this way and much easier than I had imagined. Will experiment in the New Year.

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