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  • #76
    I am using a Qunexus with my BB. It works great as a velocity controller and keyboard for the BB. I have not had success with CC mappings yet, but that is mostly because I have not spent an afternoon diving deep into this.

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    • #77
      Anyone tried one of these. Alesis VI25?

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      • Steve
        Steve commented
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        I use the V25 with 8 pads. Maybe v1? Works well. The included software will let you change the mappings.

    • #78
      The launchpad Pro is working great for me now. Better than the beatstep Pro for ease of use and speed.

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      • #79
        Does some people use the MPD218 ?

        If yes :
        Are you able to have 2 configurations on the MPD, and to switch between them ? Like one for pad, and another for triggering note ?
        Can the MPD carry 2/3 configs (let's say for blackbox pads, blackbox notes, blackbox seq maybe?) and can you switch between configs with CTRL BANK or PAD BANK or PAD SELECT or NR CONFIG ? From what I have read, this might be configurable via the Akai software
        Can you change octave on the MPD if you are triggering a sample note on the blackbox?

        Thanks in advance,
        Pierre

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        • underwood
          underwood commented
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          The MPD226 can do this, so the 218 maby to.

      • #80
        all these questions are mpd specifc and you should probably look them up in the manual or the akai board. the black box corresponds to the midi values written in its manual and CC values can be assigned freely, if the akai sends information on those the black box will respond, sure. if you are uncertain which controller information are sent use midiOX to read out the values. this also applies to bank switches etc.

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        • #81
          Not really a PAD controller but the Presonus Atom SQ looks to be amazing.

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          • #82
            Hi all, just been reading through the replies because I'm looking for a new controller. What do people recommend for something that combines pads with a keyboard? I've got a Nektar Imact L25, but I can't set it up so I can play a multisample with the keys while other samples with the pads. I don't think it can allocated the pads and keys to separate channels, so I'm looking to get something new.

            (By the way, I'm presuming this is a stupid question, but you can't have more than one controller on the BB at once? I don't even really know how you would do that, but I'm just thinking that something like the Atom or the Akai 218 would suit me for the pads, but I need keys too.)

            Any help really appreciated!

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            • #83
              If you use a MIDI merger and TRS, you can connect multiple controllers. Or 1 TRS and 1 USB.

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              • #84
                Hi

                I've just been discussing something on another forum and wondered if anyone on here knows the answer.

                I'd like to be able to select a specific scale in the Blackbox for a multisample (for example by pressing the 'keys' button twice and choosing Minor Blues in C), then have that scale mapped onto the pads of a controller. I gather something like the Presonus Atom can't do that, but can any other more advanced controllers do it?

                Thanks!

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                • #85
                  I am not sure I fully understand but you might want to look into the arturia things like keystep and beatstep and that. It defo has to happen on the midi controller side of things.

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                  • #86
                    Thanks Painting Silence I'll try to record a short video to show you want I mean – appreciate it's a bit unclear!

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                    • #87
                      Hi

                      Does this video make it any clearer?

                      https://www.dropbox.com/s/1n9thiy1d8..._5633.mp4?dl=0

                      https://www.dropbox.com/s/1n9thiy1d8..._5633.mp4?dl=0

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                      • #88
                        I think you want a MIDI controller that is capable of doing that. The PUSH does this, so do ROLI Blocks, and the launchpad devices (I believe). The controller still contains a chromatic section of the scale but only the diatonic (in scale) notes are lit up. You can achieve this with your controller though you will have to manually set up the MIDI Note #s transmitted from each pad.

                        The devices that have that functionality are more elegant in execution because you can typically change the scale on the fly.

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                        • #89
                          Steve Thanks! That’s helpful to know. So you would set the particular scale in the controller, not in the Blackbox?

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                          • Steve
                            Steve commented
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                            exactly. The KEYS screen is a great tool but does not do what you are looking for - outside of the box.

                            Here's some info on the launchpad pro but this should get you pointed in the right direction in terms of functionality.
                            https://d2xhy469pqj8rc.cloudfront.ne...scale-mode.pdf

                        • #90
                          Great thanks. So if I want something with a 25-key keyboard too, this would do the job?

                          Novation Launchkey 25 MKII https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VVK27...D2J7E55VT36DHA

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