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Studiologic MP-117 & MainStage 2

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Mar 9, 2013 11:38 PM

Hi all,

 

some background - I am in a band that just finished recording a new demo, it is awesome & has heaps of awesome ideas in it - unfortunately, we would need several new members to produce those ideas live. So, i purchased a Studiologic MP-117 MIDI Foot Controller so that I could control MainStage 2 & produce these ideas from sounds & trigger tracks with my foot, while playing my instrument.

 

Sounds good on paper, but I am having trouble assigning this foot controller to mainstage & in fact, it won't even play a note when i plug it in.

 

I have followed several different instructions in the Mainstage manual about assigning & mapping controllers & nothing is working - I don't know if I am doing something wrong, or I need drivers for the controller (of which i don't know where to get, they are not on Studiologic's website & the company that produces studiologic, Fatar)

 

If anyone has anything to help or tips to perform that would get this working, I would be super grateful & could maybe send out a song or three for your trouble.

MainStage, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • CCTM Level 6 Level 6 (8,590 points)
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    Mar 10, 2013 12:35 AM (in response to monson464)

    Hi

     

    First thing to do is check your MIDI connections: how have you cabled up the MP-117 to your Mac?

     

    monson464 wrote:

     

     

    Sounds good on paper, but I am having trouble assigning this foot controller to mainstage & in fact, it won't even play a note when i plug it in.

     

    The MP117 is effectively a MIDI keyboard, and should work. Open an empty Keyboard Starter template and try there. Does it work? Any sign of MIDI activity in MS's display?

     

    If NO, go to Audio MIDI Setup (in the Utilities folder) and check the MIDI pane of that application:

    You should see your MIDI interface, and you should see blue triangles flash and hear a beep when "Test Setup" is on when using any connected MIDI device.

     

     

    CCT

  • CCTM Level 6 Level 6 (8,590 points)
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    Mar 11, 2013 2:29 PM (in response to monson464)

    Hi

    monson464 wrote:

     

    i am using a MIDI-to-USB cable - it has a usb on one end & 2 MIDI connectors on the other end - 1 marked 'IN', the other marked 'OUT'. - i figure that it is the MIDI OUT that i want to use.....right?

     

     

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    Im trying the Test Setup thing - i never hear a beep or see any triangles flash when i click on that button though.

     

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    ...that means it should be working right?

    Not necessarily...

     

    Step 1 In Audio MIDI Setup, does your MIDI -USB device show up in the MIDI window?

     

    If yes, them activate test the setup and play your MIDI keyboard... blue triangle on the Interface icon and beeps through sytem audio?

     

    If NO, try swapping  the MIDI cables round... some are labelled the "less obvious" way.

     

     

    If that does not help..

     

     

    CCT

  • CCTM Level 6 Level 6 (8,590 points)
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    Mar 12, 2013 2:39 AM (in response to monson464)

    Hi

     

    One step at a time:

     

    First: Your USB MIDI Interface was showing up in Audio MIDI Setup (Blue) not ofline? This is good. Reconnect things so that it does show up online as in the picture you posted.

     

    Second: Audio MIDI Setup will NOT automatically recognise any keyboards etc that you connect to the USB MIDI Interface. Usually this does not matter, but there could be some peculiarities so...

     

    Third: With the USB Interface showing up as "Online", Enable Test Setup in AMS and play your MIDI Keyboard. You should see the Blue Triangle on the Interface in AMS flash, and you should hear a beep through the System audio:

     

    AMS 1.png

    Fourth: If you do not get a beep/blue triangle (with the USB Interface Online, try swapping the MIDI Cables to the Keyboard round (sometimes they are labelled 'oddly' such that Out goes to the Out socket rather than the convention). Test again.

     

    Fifth: You (just) might need to manually make an external 'Device' to represent your MIDI Keyboard, and cable it up to the MIDI Interface device:

     

    AMS 2.jpg

     

    Repeat Test 3 (and 4)

     

    Post your results

     

     

    CCT

  • CCTM Level 6 Level 6 (8,590 points)
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    Mar 13, 2013 3:55 PM (in response to monson464)

    Hi

    monson464 wrote:

     

     

    do you think it is the $5 generic cable that my drummer got from amazon?

    yep... looks like it.

     

    Time to invest in a slightly better USB MIDI Interface.

     

    CCT

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