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Analog Lab / Re: Description of synthesizers?
« Last post by laban77 on March 26, 2015, 01:27:12 pm »
Thanks for the tips.

I assembled a word document with the initial chapters from all the included instruments' individual manuals. Turns out to be a good 59 pages history of the synthesizers... although I haven't read it yet.
KeyLab / Re: Anyone using Microsoft surface Pro with keylab 88?
« Last post by laban77 on March 26, 2015, 12:17:22 pm »
I use Microsoft Surface Pro with Keylab 49, and it works fine. Since you ask specifically about Keylab 88, I suspect that you want to know whether the USB port can power the 88. That I don't know. It can power the 49 without any problems.
Spark Technical Issues / Re: SPARK Lag with Logic X
« Last post by jsmirk on March 26, 2015, 06:26:46 am »
I found a new bug in the beta. For me, this happens in standalone and logic pro x plugin. I'm able to repeat this 100% of the time.

* changing master volume causes the gui to refresh and respond slowly.
1) open Spark
2) change master volume
3) press play
Pads, meters, and steps are all affected.
BeatStep / Re: Help please: Beatstep with Roland SP404sx
« Last post by paddydrumbo on March 26, 2015, 02:15:37 am »
  Thanks again, this is looking hopeful.  That software looks a bit daunting for a MIDI novice,  but have now used it to upgrade my Beatstep's firmware for start. :-)   I'll take it one step at a time and get help along the way.

(EDIT): Note for myself & anyone else who's interested: 

          Roland SP404sx manual page 48 - MIDI Implementation Chart:

              Recognized:    * Basic channel  1 - 16
                                    * Mode (Default) Mode 3
                                    * Note Number    46 - 106
                                    * Velocity             
                                    * System Common - Song Position
                                    * System Clock
                                    * Real Time Commands
                                    * Aux Messages: All Sound Off & Active Sensing

UPDATE:    Ha! - managed to mess up on first attempt.  But threw a few new random MIDI notes into the Beatstep and got the Beatstep Pad 14 (F7) to trigger Bank E, Pad 7 of my SP404sx.  Hey, I'll settle for that humble beginning :-)  Now to work backwards with the MIDI notes and start again.

FINAL UPDATE:   Got it at last.  Beatstep pads 1 to 12 (B1 to A#2) leaving Beatstep pads 13 to 16 blank.
               That'll do me nicely for now, thanks, everything works great from a cold start away from the computer. 
 Still plenty to learn about this amazing controller, maybe doing other templates for 404's other banks or for my arranger keyboard, but well pleased at triggering 404's pads with velocity.

BeatStep / Re: Help please: Beatstep with Roland SP404sx
« Last post by Koshdukai on March 26, 2015, 02:00:38 am »
BeatStep will keep those settings to itself after configured through MCC, just like all the other Arturia controllers :)

Simply use the "Store" button, to send the config to a specific "Memory" (i.e. config slot) :)

All you need to do is find out what are the correct notes the SP404sx is expecting per its own pads.

Maybe you can even access the other banks. Check the SP404sx MIDI Implementation charts and see if there's a Specific CC or Bank+Patch/Program Change that triggers that or if other banks are accessible on other MIDI channels, then you'll be able to have various BeatStep configs for each channel or a 2nd config with BeatStep's pads sending a specific patch change and then you recall back to your usual config for the pads with notes out.

BeatStep's configurations are quite versatile enough to explore these options :)
BeatStep / Re: Help please: Beatstep with Roland SP404sx
« Last post by paddydrumbo on March 26, 2015, 01:37:42 am »
Wow! That's great information, thank-you.  Dumb question coming up:   When I have configured my Beatstep like you said, would I need to involve linking up to a computer every time? Or would the Beatstep be able to remember these settings to be used as a standalone trigger for the 404? 

thanks again
BeatStep / Re: Help please: Beatstep with Roland SP404sx
« Last post by Koshdukai on March 26, 2015, 01:32:17 am »
Install MIDI Control Center and easily setup one of the 16 "Memory" (i.e. configuration sets) of your BeatStep to send the correct Note out to your SP404sx

I have the 1st 8 configurations (called "Memories") set to control different devices like Spark 2 (2 configs), Reason's Kong (also 2 configs, 2x4+2x4 and 2x8 pad arrangements), ReDrum, Dr.OctoRex, etc
Then Memories 9 through 16 I use in a "Keyb-like" configurations of the pads, each memory set to a respective Octave of notes.

The best about BeatStep is that after doing this work and sending those configs from the MIDI Control Center to the BeatStep, you can quickly recall them on-the-fly (useful to change Octaves on my Pad-to-Note 1 Octave mappings)

Check the "Extra Resources" section at
BeatStep / Help please: Beatstep with Roland SP404sx
« Last post by paddydrumbo on March 26, 2015, 01:16:27 am »
 Hi and thanks for looking. 

  Bought a new Beatstep to enjoy triggering the pads my Roland SP404sx - hearing the velocity makes a huge difference. I'm a MIDI novice, and no other kit apart from a PC and an old arranger keyboard.  Have tried connecting the Beatstep to the arranger keyboard and sounds great.

   But the Beatstep seems to be limited to triggering just five pads of my 404's first page of 12 samples.Here is what I get:

       ~Beatstep Pad 4   triggers the 404's Pad 1
       ~Beatstep Pad 5   triggers the 404's Pad 2
       ~Beatstep Pad 6   triggers the 404's Pad 3
       ~Beatstep Pad 7   triggers the 404's Pad 4
       ~Beatstep Pad 8   triggers the 404's Pad 5 

    All the above is on MIDI channel 1.  Tried the 404's other channels and no sound at all.  I have the 404's MIDI syn' setting to 'OFF' (tried the other two settings of the 404 and no change.  I think the 404 is limited to note on and off and velocity.

      Don't expect to trigger any of the other sample pad banks apart from Bank A, which is one would use to put all my drum hits. 

      This is a new machine and I don't to register it as I am in the time limit to returning it for a refund.  Be nice though if it could trigger all the twelve pads of my 404 and that would sure be a keeper.

   sorry about the length and thanks for your help
Spark Users Community / Re: Integration of Spark 2.0 in FL studio 11
« Last post by p140982 on March 25, 2015, 11:39:36 pm »
You can record and automate fx from spark into FL

You have to assign  spark to a midi channel.
Now when you Create a pattern for the midi channel, drag and drop the pattern from spark into the midi channel pattern.
It then copy's it all the notes in the correct place.

When you want to record and edit FX automation just simply have spark playing a blank bank pattern, it will then read your FL pattern and enable you to record what ever fx you use on the fx pad

MicroBrute Technical Questions - FAQ / Re: Tuning Problem on Microbrute
« Last post by speedymcs on March 25, 2015, 07:32:15 pm »
thanks for the repost, I've also had the microbrute for a couple of months now (bought it new) and quite some tuning problems
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