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 Post subject: MIDI Controller
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:41 pm 
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Hi all,

I'm currently looking at purchasing a MIDI controller for use with Buzz. I've been looking at the AKAI MPK Mini Mk II as a strong candidate for what I want to do. I'm wondering if anyone has one or has experience with one & how they think it works with Buzz. Any of your thoughts or suggestions on other MIDI Controllers in the same price range would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance.

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 Post subject: Re: MIDI Controller
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:48 pm 
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Yeah, looks like a good controller! I don't have any personal experience with that controller, but I do use a piece of akai equipment, an MPD26 that I customized with some stuff from https://www.mpcstuff.com/

But yeah, you got some keys knobs and pads, so you should be able to do a lot.

My main recommendation is to use btdsys peerctrl for handling your midi. Buzz native support for midi is poor, and you'll find that you some times lose your midi assignments randomly. I'll be happy to help if you need any explanations using peerctrl. You add a track to the first pattern of peerctrl for every midi assignment you want to make, and you access the midi assignments from the right click menu of the machine. Your automations can all be recorded into peer ctrl patterns copied from the first pattern. Then you're going to want to keep that BMX and use it as your base, so you always have your midi assignments ready to go. I believe you can also create a buzz template that includes peerctrl and the target machines to drop that machine with all it's midi assignments into any bmx. My system has over 200 midi assignments, so I couldn't do what I do without peerctrl. It's a pain to set up, but once you get midi working properly in buzz, it's amazing.

Also make sure you're using some low latency drivers. Wasapi may work for you. I prefer asio if you want really low latency.

And to record your performances, make sure that the midi parameters for note, delay, off and cc are enabled in the pattern that you are trying to record to.

Oh and if you want to write beats using the pads, I would recommend using a VST drum machine and polac vst handler. There aren't any good options I know of in the native buzz ecosystem if you want to go the midi rout.

Let me know if you run into any snags.


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 Post subject: Re: MIDI Controller
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:57 pm 
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Thanks for the reply onecircles. To be honest, I've never done much MIDI in Buzz so your suggestion of using PeerCtrl is very helpful. It makes a lot of sense to create a MIDI Template once I have all the assignments set. I haven't bought the MPK yet, though I'm leaning in that direction. If I do have any MIDI setup problems, I will probably take you up on the offer of help. Again, thanks for the great reply!

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