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  Expand MIDI Grande with another 2 foot switches?
Posted by: Microdesignum - 06-03-2016, 03:22 PM - Forum: MIDI Grande - No Replies

I was wondering if I could use a Boss FS6 connected to one expression input to expand the unit with another 2 foot switches. On the online manual it only states about using one foot switch. I am currently using a expression pedal in Exp A. (Tom E., UK)

The second expression input (Exp B) can be used only for one external foot switch according to this image from the manual - variants Tap footswitch of connection:
[Image: MIDI-Grande-Expression-connector.png]
Although Boss FS6 has two foot switches, only one of them can be utilized in MIDI Grande Exp B input.

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  How to control volume and wah via one MIDI expression pedal?
Posted by: Microdesignum - 06-01-2016, 02:43 PM - Forum: MIDI Grande - Replies (1)

I use MIDI Grande for my Atomic Amplifire.  I want to control volume and wah via one expression pedal. Do you have a solution for this? (Bo V., Denmark)

  • Generally: the CONTROL CHANGE numbers of both Expression A and Expresion B pedals are settable for every layer along with another MIDI messages - PC and CC. So for example, if you configure register 5 in Bank 1, you can assign Expression A as CC#21 (Wah) in Red Layer and as CC#22 (Volume) in Green Layer of this register.
  • According to the Amplifire manual, page 43, there is:
    • <CC#19> for Wah enable and <CC#21> is Wah control. In particular layer, you have to first enable the Wah efect by <CC#19 value=127> and then you can control its value by <CC#21> programmed for expression pedal.
    • <CC#20> for Volume enable and <CC#22> for Volume pedal itself. In particular layer, you have to first enable the Volume efect by <CC#20 value=127> and then you can control its value by <CC#22> programmed for expression pedal.

How to do it? Please read this guide carefully and slowly. Each step is important.

You will use two MIDI commands: PC and CC. Also, MIDI Grande is globally configured for using both Expression A and B pedals by default. If you will use only one expression pedal (for example A), it is suitable to globally disable the second one (Expression B):
  • Press and hold Edit/Save button for cca 5 seconds. The display shows: GLOB. You are in global configuration mode.
  • Release the button, the display shows: 1 PC. It means that the first command is PROGRAM CHANGE - PC.
  • Press the Param> button, the display shows: 1C 1. It means that the first command is on MIDI channel 1.
  • Press the Param> button, the display shows: 2---. It means that the second command is globally disabled. Use the Value> button to set it to CONTROL CHANGE, the display shows: 2 CC.
  • Press the Param> button, the display shows: 2C 2. It means that the second command is on MIDI channel 2 by default. Use the <Value button to set it to 1 because you will address the device (Amplifire) that receives on channel 1 even by the second command. The display will show: 2C 1.
  • Press the Param> button until the display shows: A CC. It means that expression pedal A is enabled, it will send CONTROL CHANGE (CC) messages.
  • Press the Param> button, the display shows: AC 1. It means that expression pedal A is on MIDI chnannel 1. It is default channel for any MIDI device.
  • Press the Param> button, the display shows: B CC. It means that expression pedal B is enabled. Press the Clear button, you will disable it, the display shows: B---.
  • Press the Param> button, the display shows: BC 1. It means that expression pedal B would be on MIDI chnannel 1 if it would be enabled. When it is disabled, it will not apply.
  • Press shortly Edit/Save button.
You have finished the global settings.

You can set both layers of register 5 in the first bank to switch the Exp A pedal between Volume and Wah:
  • Press register 5, the display shows: 15-1. It means that you are in the bank 1register 5layer 1 - red.
  • Press shortly Edit/Save button to enter the layer edit mode.
  • The display shows: 1  5 and the PC dot lights up. It means that PROGRAM CHANGE (PC) #5 is set for this layer. Use buttons <Value and Value> to change the desired program number for this layer. When you change the program number on MIDI Grande, it is immediately sent to MIDI OUT and the Amplifire (or another MIDI-controlled device) responds by changing the program number.
  • Press the Param> button, the display shows: 2--- and the CC dot lights up. It means that you edit the second command, it is CONTROL CHANGE and it is disabled in this layer. Use the <Value and Value> buttons to set number 19. The <CC#19> is used for enabling the Wah control in Amplifire. The display will show: 2 19.
  • Press the Param> button until the display flashes shortly: ANUM and then it shows: A  7. It means that CC number of Expression A is default number 7. It is a standard value for volume in most MIDI devices.
  • Press the Value> button to change the number of CC for Expression A to 21, the display shows: A 21. The <CC#21> is Wah control in Amplifire.
  • Press shortly Edit/Save button. The settings of bank 1register 5layer 1 are saved.
The settings for the green layer are very similar:
  • Press register 5 again, the display shows: 15-2. It means that you are in the bank 1register 5layer 2 - green.
  • Press shortly Edit/Save button to enter the layer edit mode.
  • The display shows: 1  5 and the PC dot lights up. It means that PROGRAM CHANGE (PC) #5 is set for this layer. Press the Clear button, the display shows: 1---. It means that the program number will not be changed in this layer, it will remain the same as in the first - red layer.
  • Press the Param> button, the display shows: 2--- and the CC dot lights up. It means that you edit the second command, it is CONTROL CHANGE - CC and it is disabled in this layer. Use the <Value and Value> buttons to set number 20. The <CC#20> is used for enabling the Volume control in Amplifire. The display will show: 2 20.
  • Press the Param> button, the display shows: 2  0 and the CC and Value dots light up. It means that you edit the second command, it is CONTROL CHANGE - CC and you edit its value (the CONTROL CHANGE command has two parameters: number and value). Press the <Value button to set the value 127. The display will show: 2127. The <CC#20 value=127> enables Volume control in Amplifire.
  • Press the Param> button until the display flashes shortly: ANUM and then it shows: A  7. It means that CC number of Expression A is default number 7.
  • Press the Value> button to change the number of CC for Expression A to 22, the display shows: A 22. The <CC#22> is Volume control in Amplifire.
  • Press shortly Edit/Save button. The settings of bank 1register 5layer 2 are saved.

You are in regular mode now and you can try to use register 5 for switching the Exp A function. When you press register 5 so that it is in red layer, you can change wah by the connected expression pedal. When you press it again so that it is in green layer, you can change volume by the expression pedal.

When you move the pedal, the sign Exp A near the Bank> footswitch changes its color according to the position of the pedal from blue to red.

You can set both red and green layers of any register also in other banks, if you use them.



Our Expression pedal for MIDI controllers is a suitable choice for MIDI Grande.

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  Jak ovládat stompboxy?
Posted by: Microdesignum - 05-26-2016, 08:39 AM - Forum: MIDI Grande (česky) - No Replies

Jak pomocí MIDI Grande ovládat první tři smyčky looperu MIDI Agente Relay Loop?

Po zakoupení MIDI ovladače je výchozí povel PROGRAM CHANGE. Když na MIDI Grande stisknete nějaké nožní tlačítko, příslušný program by se měl nastavit na ovládaném zařízení - v tomto případě looperu, na displeji se zobrazí jeho číslo.

Nastavení na stompboxy bude celkem jednoduché. Když se to vypíše, tak to vypadá složitě, ale pokud pochopíte princip, tak to zabere všeho všudy tak půl minuty.

Nejprve je potřeba upravit globální nastavení ovladače MIDI Grande:

  • Podržte chvíli tlačítko Edit/Save, dostanete se do globálních nastavení.
  • Na displeji je: 1 PC, to znamená, že první povel je PROGRAM CHANGE. Tlačítkem Value> to změňte na [b]1 CC[/b]. To je povel CONTROL CHANGE, ten je vhodnější pro stompboxy.
  • Pak stiskněte nožní tlačítko registru 1. Na displeji je: 1PGM. To znamená, že tento registr je v programovém módu. Tlačítkem Value> to změňte na 1STO, aby byl ve stompbox módu.
  • Stejně tak změňte i mód registrů 2 a 3.
  • Stiskněte krátce tlačítko Edit/Save, tím se uloží globální nastavení.
Teď máte globálně nastavené registry 1, 2, a 3 do stompbox módu. Všechny tři svítí červeně.

Stiskněte registr 1, aby svítil červeně. Na displeji je: 11-1. Budeme editovat v první bance první registr, červenou (první) vrstvu.
  • Stiskněte krátce tlačítko Edit/Save. Na displeji je: 1  0 a svítí tečky u CMD a CC. To znamená, že editujete první povel a ten je typu CONTROL CHANGE (CC).
  • Tlačítkem Value> nastavte číslo CC na hodnotu 1, takže na displeji bude: 1  1.
  • Stiskněte tlačítko Param>, tím se dostanete k editaci dalšího parametru. Na displeji je: 1  0 a svítí tečky u CMD, CC a Value. To znamená, že editujete první povel, ten je typu Control Change, a měníte jeho hodnotu. (Povel CONTROL CHANGE má dva parametry: číslo a hodnotu. Číslo jste nastavil v předchozím kroku a teď editujete druhý parametr povelu CONTROL CHANGE - jeho hodnotu.) Ponechte nulu, protože nulová hodnota CC se v MIDI používá pro vypnutí.
  • Stiskněte krátce tlačítko Edit/Save, tím se uloží nastavení této vrstvy tohoto registru v této bance.
Teď máte nastavenou červenou vrstvu na vypnutí stompboxu.

Zapnutí stompboxu zelenou vrstvou bude velmi podobné:

Stiskněte registr 1, aby svítil zeleně. Na displeji je: 11-1. Budeme editovat v první bance první registr, zelenou (druhou) vrstvu.
  • Stiskněte krátce tlačítko Edit/Save. Na displeji je: 1  0 a svítí tečky u CMD a CC. To znamená, že editujete první povel a ten je typu CONTROL CHANGE.
  • Tlačítkem Value> nastavte číslo CC na hodnotu 1, takže na displeji bude: 1  1.
  • Stiskněte tlačítko Param>, tím se dostanete k editaci dalšího parametru. Na displeji je: 1  0 a svítí tečky u CMD, CC a Value. To znamená, že editujete první povel, ten je typu CONTROL CHANGE, a měníte jeho hodnotu. Stiskněte tlačítko <Value, na displeji se zobrazí 1127. Číslo 127 je maximální hodnota v MIDI a používá se pro zapnutí.
  • Stiskněte krátce tlačítko Edit/Save, tím se uloží nastavení této vrstvy tohoto registru v této bance.
Teď máte nastavenou zelenou vrstvu na zapnutí stompboxu.

Když budete opakovaně stiskávat první registr, červená vrstva odešle povel pro vypnutí stompboxu a zelená vrstva odešle povel pro zapnutí stompboxu. Logika je stejná jako u semaforu: červená = stop, zelená = jeď.


Teď už jenom zbývá nastavit looper, aby reagoval na příslušné povely z MIDI ovladače.
  • Stiskněte a chvíli podržte tlačítko Save na looperu. Na displeji je: GLB.
  • Po uvolnění tlačítka se na displeji zobrazí: C 1. To znamená, že looper je nastaven na první kanál. To jenom pro kontrolu. Stiskněte tlačítko Save, tím se vrátíte zpět z globálního režimu do běžného.
  • Stiskněte dlouze tlačítko první smyčky. Na displeji se objeví: IND. To znamená, že jste v režimu individuálních nastavení pro jednotlivé smyčky. Po uvolnění tlačítka se na displeji zobrazí: ---. To znamená, že první smyčka nemá nastaven žádný individuální CC.
  • Tlačítkem Program> nastavte hodnotu 1.
  • Stiskněte tlačítko Save.
Tím jste nastavil první smyčku, aby reagovala na CONTROL CHANGE číslo 1. Teď můžete registrem 1 na MIDI Grande ovládat první smyčku na looperu.

Stejným způsobem nastavte registr/smyčku 2 a 3. Jediný rozdíl bude ten, že pro registr a smyčku 2 použijete CONTROL CHANGE číslo 2 a pro registr a smyčku 3 použijete CONTROL CHANGE číslo 3. Pokud pochopíte, co nastavujete, tak budete schopen si smyčku 1 nastavit třeba na registr 6. :-)

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  Program and Stompbox mode with Kemper Profiling Amplifier
Posted by: Microdesignum - 05-25-2016, 10:14 PM - Forum: MIDI Grande - Replies (3)

How to set Registers 1, 2, 3 to Program mode and Registers 4, 5, 6 to Stompbox mode in MIDI Grande 8F1D to control stompboxes A, B, C in Kemper Profiling Amplifier?

First enable globally two types of MIDI commands - the first command will be Program Change (PC) and the second command will be Control Change (CC):

  • Press and hold the Edit/Save button for cca 5 seconds. The display shows: GLOB. You are in Global settings.
  • When you release the button, the display shows: 1 PC. It means that the first command is PROGRAM CHANGE.
  • Press the Param> button. The display shows: 1C 1. It means that the first command is on channel 1.
  • Press the Param> button. The display shows: 2---. It means that the second command is switched off. Press the Value> button twice, the display shows: 2 CC. It means that the second command is CONTROL CHANGE.
  • Press the Param> button. The display shows: 2C 2. It means that the second command is on channel 2. Press <Value button to set it on Channel 1.
You have globally configured the controler for using two commands in each Layer: PROGRAM CHANGE (PC) and CONTROL CHANGE (CC).

You are still in Global mode. Now let's configure the mode of Registers for Program or Stompbox:
  • Press Register 1 footswitch. The display shows: 1PGM. It means that the Register 1 is in Program mode.
  • Press Register 2 footswitch. The display shows: 2PGM. It means that the Register 2 is in Program mode.
  • Press Register 3 footswitch. The display shows: 3PGM. It means that the Register 3 is in Program mode.
  • Press Register 4 footswitch. The display shows: 4PGM. Press Value> button to set it to 4STO - Stompbox mode.
  • Press Register 5 footswitch. The display shows: 5PGM. Press Value> button to set it to 5STO - Stompbox mode.
  • Press Register 6 footswitch. The display shows: 6PGM. Press Value> button to set it to 6STO - Stompbox mode.
  • Press the Edit/Save button shortly.
You have globally configured the controler for Registers 1, 2, 3 to Program mode and Registers 4, 5, 6 to Stompbox mode.

Now let's configure particular layers to control stompboxes:

Let's suppose that you are in the first Bank. For setting the Register 4 in MIDI Grande to Stompbox A in Kemper Profiling Amplifier:
  • Press Register 4, it lights red. The display shows: 14-1 (you are in the first Bank, Register 4, Red Layer).
  • Press Edit/Save button shortly. The display shows: 1  4, green dot lights at CMD, red dot lights at PC. It means that you edit the first command and it is PC 4. Press Clear button, the display shows: 1---. The PC command will not apply in this layer when you want to control stompboxes in Kemper.
  • Press Param> button. The display shows: 2---, green dot lights at CMD, red dot lights at CC. It means that you edit the second command and it would be CC, but it is switched off. Press the Value> button to set number 17. This is the CC number of Stompbox A in Kemper, as defined in the manual.
  • Press the Param> button. The display shows: 2  0, green dot lights at CMD, red dot lights at CC and Value. It means that you edit the value of the second command and it is CC. Let it at zero value because zero is used for switching off anything in MIDI; in this case Stompbox A.
  • Press shortly Edit/Save button.
You have programmed the Red layer of Register 4 in Bank 1 for switch off the Stompbox A in Kemper.

Now let's program it for switching on, it wil be very similar.
  • Press Register 4, it lights green. The display shows: 14-2 (you are in the first Bank, Register 4, Green Layer).
  • Press Edit/Save button shortly. The display shows: 1  4, green dot lights at CMD, red dot lights at PC. It means that you edit the first command and it is PC 4. Press Clear button, the display shows: 1---. The PC command will not apply when you want to control stompboxes.
  • Press Param> button. The display shows: 2---, green dot lights at CMD, red dot lights at CC. It means that you edit the second command and it would be CC, but it is switched off. Press the Value> button to set number 17. This is the CC number of Stompbox A in Kemper, as defined in the manual.
  • Press the Param> button. The display shows: 2  0, green dot lights at CMD, red dot lights at CC and Value. It means that you edit the value of the second command and it is CC. Press <Value button once to set value 127. It is the maximal value in MIDI and it is used for switching on; in this case Stompbox A.
  • Press shortly Edit/Save button.
You have programmed the Green Layer of Register 4 in Bank 1 for switch on the Stompbox A in Kemper.

Now when you press repeteadly footswitch 4, the Stompbox A in Kemper is switched on and off. The colors are like traffic lights: red = stop, green = go.

You can set similarly Register 5 for Stomp B, use CC number 18; and Register 6 for Stomp C, use CC number 19.

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  Multi-command and 2-layers principle
Posted by: Microdesignum - 05-25-2016, 09:57 PM - Forum: MIDI Grande - No Replies

How can I use the multi-command and 2-layers principle?

The MIDI Grande controller can send up to 8 commands after pressing a footswitch. But it is not necessary to use all 8 commands. You can globally configure how many commands you will use (Program Change - PC or Control Change - CC), what type they are and on which MIDI channel they will be sent. For example, I use 5 commands to control my gear:

  • Command 1: Program Change on channel 16 - for selecting programs on GSP1101
  • Command 2: Control Change on channel 16 - for controlling Gain on GSP1101
  • Command 3: Control Change on channel 16 - for switching Delay on/off on GSP1101
  • Command 4: Control Change on channel 15 - for controlling TC Helicon vocaliser on/off
  • Command 5: Program Change on channel 14 - for switching EHX effects in a looper
The MIDI channel is used for addressing the particular MIDI device: channel 16 for GSP1101, channel 15 for the vocaliser and channel 14 for the looper. This is set once globally and it is not necessary to be configurable in each preset.

This is globally configured according to my gear that I use.

Then I can program particular registers layers. For example, I want to program red Layer of Register 1 in Bank 2 (the display shows: 21-1, it means Bank 2, Register 1, first - Red Layer). I will set:
  • Command 1 (PC on channel 16): number 10 = Program 10
  • Command 2 (CC on channel 16): number 7, value 64 = Gain 64
  • Command 3 (CC on channel 16): number 27, value 0 = Delay off
  • Command 4 (CC on channel 15): --- (not apply) = no message for vocaliser
  • Command 5 (PC on channel 14): number 1 = Program 1 for looper
Commands 6-8 are not editable because they are globally disabled.

And I also program Green Layer in the same Register and Bank (the display shows: 21-2, it means Bank 2, Register 1, second - Green Layer):
  • Command 1 (PC on channel 16): number 10 = Program 10
  • Command 2 (CC on channel 16): number 7, value 80 = Gain 80
  • Command 3 (CC on channel 16): number 27, value 127 = Delay on
  • Command 4 (CC on channel 15): --- (not apply) = no message for vocaliser
  • Command 5 (PC on channel 14): --- (not apply) = no message for looper
When this is programmed, I can use the Register 1 in Bank 2 to switch between the sound with lower Gain without Delay and the sound with higher Gain and with the Delay. When I play a song, I switch to Bank 2 and press Register 1. It lights red, I am in the Red Layer. At that moment the controller sends all the comands that are programed for Red Layer of this register.

When I go to play solo, I press the Register 1 again, it lights green, I am in the  Green Layer of this Register. The controller sends the commands that are programmed for Green Layer of this Register. It means that GSP1101 increases the Gain and switches Delay on.

When I finish the solo, I press the same Register again. I am back in the Red Layer of this Register. The controller sends the commands that are programed for Red Layer again. It means that GSP1101 decreases the Gain and switches off the Delay.

Such commands can be programmed to each Register Layer in each Bank.

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Question How to change the the MIDI channel?
Posted by: Microdesignum - 05-24-2016, 11:42 AM - Forum: MIDI Grande - No Replies

I use the controller in basic factory configuration (one MIDI command - PROGRAM CHANGE). How can I change the the MIDI channel? (Jonathan M., USA)

The MIDI channel can be changed very simply:

  • Hold the Edit/Save button cca 5 seconds. The display shows: GLOB. You are in Global settings.
  • When you release the button, the dispaly shows: 1 PC. This means that the first command is of type PC - PROGRAM CHANGE. Don't change it.
  • Press the button Param> (Up) at the top left side of the display. The display shows: C  1. It means that the first command is on the 1. channel. Using the buttons <Value and Value> set the channel number that you want.
  • Press shortly button Edit/Save.

You have changed the channel of PROGRAM CHANGE message.

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