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    koenig
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    For what it's worth, I can report that the AtoVProject 16n Rework works as expected. Granted, the 16n does not sport any buttons but it has sliders galore and those are of a very high quality.

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  • sean808080
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    As it happens, I had a Korg nanoKONTROL Studio before I got my Bluebox. I then tried the MIDI learn and was disappointed that the mute and solo buttons didn't 'latch' as others have complained but then I used the Korg Kontrol editor app to customize the NanoKontrol studio so that the buttons were 'toggle' and not 'momentary'. That did it!
    Now all the buttons work perfectly and I have to say that being able to grab sliders while playing a groove is fantastic.

    So far, I'm really enjoying my Bluebox and even more so with a controller like the Korg nanoKONTROL Studio. I have to say I was a bit underwhelmed when I first got the nanoKontrol studio but it's one of those devices that surprises you with how many different scenarios it can elevate.



    If it's useful to anyone, here's the Korg Kontrol editor file for my nanoKontrol Studio. It's not 100% complete but it's sufficient for my needs and should be a good starting point if needed.

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  • rev-eng
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    Originally posted by JESMtl View Post

    I'm considering a UC4 for my new Bluebox. Is there any bidirectional communication? In other words, on startup does the Bluebox send its values to the UC4, or do you just zero everything out to start with each session?

    Thanks.
    I'm looking at EC4 and UC4 as well. I could live with with the zeroing if the soft takeover works without bidirectional midi (which the Bluebox definitely doesn't do). In other words, does the Faderfox remember the states of each bank internally and do its own midi takeover, or does it rely on incoming data from the Bluebox? Also, are the response curves or CC ranges editable on the FF boxes to allow them to work better with the linear response of the BB volumes?

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  • klaasklever
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    i would love to use my x-touch mini from behringer, but it seems, that there is no soft takeover working. so every channel i want to adjust, is starting at zero db volume instead of the value, i left it.
    i don't know at the moment, if this is a behringer issues or if the bluebox does not support it.

    input appreciated

    i wonder, if my mpc one could be connected to the bluebox (via my usb-midi-box like esi m4u ex) - like on project level. need to think this through...

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  • joaoorecchia
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    Hi everyone, just wanted to share in case anyone is interested - I just got a Bastl Instruments 60 Knobs and it works really well with the Bluebox. It's not the tiniest of midi controllers, but not massive (about the size of the Blue and Blackboxes side by side), and I find it way better than the Korg Nanokontrol I was using. More options, more responsive - I hate the faders on that Nanokontrol, and I do a lot of live mixing and fx sending in my sets.

    I also modified it slightly, swapped out the 5 pin midi connectors for stereo minijacks, which A. makes the thing just a little thinner, and B. connects to Bluebox with a standard 3.5mm stereo audio cable. It also passes midi from Blackbox straight through, so it's sync'ed with the external clock.

    I've got it set up to control volume, pan, fx1, fx2, out2 and out3 for 9 tracks and the the last row controlling delay and reverb parameters. I haven't put it through paces yet, but so far I'm impressed. And it only took about 3 hours to solder all the parts together.

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  • JESMtl
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    Originally posted by jpablo91 View Post
    the best controller I've used is the Faderfox UC4, check it out, you can configure the controller without the need to connect it to a computer ad it has several types of control including: a crossfader, 8 faders, 8 knobs with push button, and 8 buttons.
    Its more expensive han the ones you listed, but in my opinion is totally worth it.
    I'm considering a UC4 for my new Bluebox. Is there any bidirectional communication? In other words, on startup does the Bluebox send its values to the UC4, or do you just zero everything out to start with each session?

    Thanks.

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  • bram2000
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    nice. FWIW all of the faderfox controllers also allow setting of min/max CC values for any given control.
  • 0101-Usr
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    I'm still waiting for BCR32 - this will be very nice option for (not only) BB. https://mixmag.net/read/behringer-bcr32-sequencer-tech

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  • Doomservice
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    Thanks! Gotta say the Launchcontrol XL is a very good companion to the Bluebox. If only there was a version that was just a bit smaller with 4 knobs for sends it would be supermegaultra awesome.

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  • enki_40
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  • enki_40
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    Originally posted by Doomservice View Post
    I’m borrowing a Launchcontrol for a few days, and I’m trying to use the buttons at the bottom for mute and solo, but they don’t stick, they just work while holding down the buttons. Any ideas how to make them stick?
    https://resource.novationmusic.com/s...Launch+Control

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  • Doomservice
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  • Doomservice
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    I’m borrowing a Launchcontrol for a few days, and I’m trying to use the buttons at the bottom for mute and solo, but they don’t stick, they just work while holding down the buttons. Any ideas how to make them stick?

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  • jayneural
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    I just received this Noise Machine from a last year’s kickstarter campaign.

    it’s Bluetooth only but you can easily make the Blackbox Bluetooth MIDI capable with a CME WIDI jack.

    I will test it and let you know but this looks pretty promising, especially in in split mode.

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  • haslloween
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    Thanks a lot everybody for the discussion! Thanks to this thread, I got the KORG nanoKONTROL2, and I'm pretty happy with it. MIDI learn is awesome indeed.

    I am using 8 tracks with it, mapped volumes to the sliders, OUT2 to the pan knobs for send-return, M and S to mute and solo, and R to CUE out for headphones.

    I wonder whether anybody has good ideas for what to use the transport knobs on the nanoKONTROL2 for. Seems like a waste to have them unmapped, but I don't really have any good ideas for what I could map them to. If it was pots, there'd be lots of fun things (EQ, FX, etc.), but since it's buttons, I'm not so sure...

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  • haslloween
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    musicator
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    musicator and others - for having the buttons stay lit, you'll have to use the KORG KONTROL Editor and change these buttons from "Momentary" to "Toggle".
  • charliehughjones
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  • charliehughjones
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    Hi uproden - my MixFaceSL just arrived and I got it working with Ableton (Phew) but am having trouble getting my Blue Box to recognize it. Probably a simple thing but what did you do to set it up? Thanks
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