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6 months 2 weeks ago #1 by deniswm
deniswm created the topic: Streichfett
Hello all
I have had my new Streichfett for a few days now, and now got problems trying to set it up. I have two keyboards, one is a Korg Microkorg xl, and the other keyboard is a Casio HT700, I have tried both keyboards, with the recommended settings, with no results, perhaps I also need a cable from the audio out of the Streichfett to the line in of the Korg. I need someone to walk me through every procedure including cable setup. I might have to buy another keyboard and I was looking at the M audio Keystation mini 32. I have the manual for the Streichfett on my computer, which has settings for midi, but how does that work, how would I see the settings? Thanks
Denis

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6 months 2 weeks ago #2 by megamarkd
megamarkd replied the topic: Streichfett
Cool, a MIDI noob! MIDI sorta sucks but is also makes life a lot easier than using CV.
Type "MIDI basics" into your favourite search engine, it'll help some, but only some. The results aren't much different from what they were in 2000.

Okay a step-by-step:
Connect a MIDI cable from the MIDI OUT port of your keyboard, the MicroKorg should do the trick, to the MIDI IN port on the Streichfett.
Turn them both on (obvious I know, but hey, it's a step-by-step!)
Press and HOLD the four bank select buttons on the Streichfett.
While still holding down the bank select buttons, play a note on the MicroKorg..
Release the Streichfett bank buttons.
You have now set the Streichfett to respond to the MIDI channel the MicroKorg is sending notes on and should be able to play the Streichfett with the MicroKorg.

If that didn't work, try again as you need to press the band select buttons all at the same time. If you don't, you will only succeed in saving whatever settings the Streichfett had on it's face to a preset slot. If it doesn't work after a few tries, turn off the Streichfett and then press and hold all four bank select buttons and turn it on again at the same time. That will set the box to respond to notes it receives on all MIDI channels. It's called Omni mode and generally used for such a situation. You can determine if any MIDI notes are being received in Omni mode, but it's a bit useless for anything else if you are running more than one instrument it makes it so that the device can't be addressed as an individual node on the MIDI network. Hopefully you won't get that far, but if you do, you can try out your Casio plugged into the Streichfett without having to muck around from step one.
I don't own either of those keyboards you have and although usually I would just grab the manual and read it to find out how to set the MIDI channel they transmit on, today I'm really, really tired and just can't face chasing them down. Sorry.

Waldorf are brilliant at MIDI. In fact I'd go as far as saying they are the best in the industry at it. The get nearly every parameter on their machines into the MIDI Control Change (CC) domain; 120 freely assignable MIDI control data channels that are easy to program into a controller (it's actually 128 but 8 of them are pretty much reserved for various actions such as modulation wheel, program select, setting Omni mode, house keeping sort of stuff).
The parameters that aren't assigned a CC on a Waldorf synth nearly always has a Non Registered Parameter Number (NRPN, aka advanced CC's) assigned to it. If not it will even more likely have a SYSEX code for it (but not always, though more always than CC's and NRPN's ;) )

MIDI is essentially a digital network similar to a computer network, with each device a node on the network needing an address. When MIDI was conceived, 16 instruments was an immense number of electronic instruments, considering the size and price of them, not to mention that the electronic instrument only music paradigm was still a new and novel idea, so that was the number of addresses originally implemented. More address are available via SYSEX (system exclusive) data ID numbers, though it is impractical to use as a common communication protocol. As the computer world moved on and networking became less of a job for an admin, MIDI didn't. MIDI is definitely not in the "plug and play" land computer users now live in. The official MIDI organisation are starting to get on the case to enter the 21st century, but seem to be focusing on helping Apple more than implementing some sort of future proof plug and play version that doesn't require a hex calculator. NPRN's were supposed to be it, but it didn't work out that way. You still need to spend a stupid amount of time focusing on maths to set up to use them.

Now I'd derailed your original inquiry enough, forget the last two paragraphs, go back to the beginning of this post, reread the step-by-step and try making some music with your Streichfett!
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