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Applecart12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 14, 2006 11:04 PM
I recently purchased a MacBook Pro, with the included Garage Band. I successfully attached an M-Audio Axiom 49 to it, and it has worked very well. Now the problem; I am trying to attach a Roland JV-2080 synth module to my Axiom 49 using a standard MIDI cable, then run the Axiom into Garage Band through the USB MIDI interface. I can't get any sound out of the combination, and I was hoping someone could help me out.
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • xs4is Level 4 Level 4 (2,800 points)
    That module is pretty old... I don't think GB will recognize it. Hopefully I am wrong about that.

    Check Roland's website to see if they have drivers for it.

    I think the best you can do is use the keyboard to trigger the module, and record the audio outs (assuming the module has them), not the MIDI out.

    Hope that helps, and welcome to the forum.

    G5 dual core 2.0, Mac OS X (10.4.5), 2 gig memory 250 gig hd      A little Talent and a dream...
  • Justin Carter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    to applecart12: hi i was just getting ready to buy one of the axiom 49 midi controllers and was trying to reach out to somebody who had one already to ask a question.

    basically i just wanted to know if all of the knob/slider/button assignments work well with the built in instruments and other software instruments, and if you are able to manipulate the parameters in real time while playing the controller?

    any help/feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks, justin
    iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.3)
  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
    I'm not sure about your setup. If you expect GB to trigger your sound module via midi, it won't do that!
    MacBook Pro 2.0 GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,000 points)
    I'd never heard of the Lightsnake before, very cool! It works well enough that you would recommend it to other guitar players?
  • mashby Calculating status...

    Have you had any luck getting the control surface buttons to work. I have an Axiom 25 and I can't get them to work.
    MacBook 1.8GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,000 points)
    Thanks for posting make. I'm going to save your note should anyone ask.

    As for a controller and control surface button. A MIDI Controller sends events to a Synth, in our case GarageBand is the Synth. A Control Surface gives you access to onscreen controls like Faders, Pan, Play, Record, etc. Some controllers have programmable buttons that can work as a control surface.
  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,000 points)
    Just posting because my typo made no sense (even I had to read it three times to figure it out!)

    "Thanks for posting make" = "Thanks for posting back" %-)>
  • mashby Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply!

    I too can't get the control surface buttons to work. I'm not giving up though. Here's what I found thus far.

    1. There is free software from M-Audio, called Enigma ( that allows you to edit the presets on the Axiom series. The only problem is that the Axiom can't send the specific sysex messages requires by GarageBand.

    2. There's a free tool called GarageRemote ( that can work as an interpreter to translate other MIDI messages into the the specific messages that GarageBand needs. Unfortunately, it uses hex expressions and I haven't quite figured it out.

    Bottom line? Out-of-the-box the buttons don't work and you can't remap them natively to what GarageBand needs. My best bet is that I can figure out the hex codes necessary for a work around.

    MacBook 1.8GHz   Mac OS X (10.4.7)  
  • St Paul Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 28, 2006 1:02 AM (in response to mashby)
    Hi guys & gals,

    Thanks for the Garage Remote tip, I think that will be the answer once we find out where to input those hex numbers in the Axiom Editor (Enigma) software.

    I've got the same situation - Axiom 61>no transport control for GB.

    The info I sent into M-Audio is:

    "How do I get the Axiom transport controls to work in Garageband?
    Using a 3rd pary app called Garage Remote
    I should be able to use the Axiom to control GB, but using Enigma's editor window I don't see a place to enter the CC information like I need... i.e. to assign loop to the loop button I need the loop button on the Axiom to send this message "F0 7D 05 F7 " How do I do that?"

    The M-Audio manuals are skinny & not well written (The Axiom only has 3 troubleshooting questions). They have a Hex - Decimal conversion chart but don't tell you how to use the info.

    G5 Dual 2.3   Mac OS X (10.4.7)   Send more RAM!
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