How I connect LaunchPad Pro to 1010music Blackbox for extended pad-control

Tags: 1010music Blackbox Music

If you have upgraded your 1010music Blackbox to the firmware 2.0 or newer –and-  you have a Novation Launchpad Pro available, you can use the Launchpad to directly control both PADS and SEQUENCES on the Blackbox, like this;


Read on to see how I set this up.


How to create a filter working with USB devices in Retrokits RK-006

Tags: Retrokits RK-006 UNO Drum

Are you playing around with MIDI? MIDI are almost like magic connecting music devices together, but not without challenges. Especially synchronization of clock signals turns out to be …mysterious, at times.  The result of a MIDI Loop is often frozen transport and strange artifacts popping up in your soundspace.

This post focuses on a little nifty MIDI-unit named RK-006 from Retrokits which can be of tremendous help.


The RK-006 is a little MIDI Interface with 2 inputs and 10 outputs. It can both be connected to a computer and thus extend your DAWs number of MIDI ports. Additionally it can be a self-served MIDI Host in a setup, totally without a computer in a dawless setup. The ports can also do different things via configuration, and even send gate signals instead of MIDI if needed. A real Swiss-Army knife of MIDI! Search around the net and you’ll find several reviews, such as this one.

Going dawless

In my quest to create a little dawless setup, I have a UNO Synth and drum machine UNO Drum.  The setup also involves a sampler Blackbox and a mixer Bluebox from 1010music.

My simplified wiring diagram looks like this:

1010music Blackbox, Bluebox, UNO Synth and UNO Drum, Retrokits RK-006

Click on the image above for a large version. You can click on all images by the way!

As you see, both the UNO Synth and UNO Drum are connected to the USB Hub which again is connected to RK-006.

Read on to see how I solved a tricky MIDI loop in the wiring above!


Quickly simplify the path names within sound packs with AutoHotKey

Tags: 1010music Blackbox AutoHotKey

Why would I do that?

Because my 1010music Blackbox can show limited number of characters when I select sounds and neither does it scroll long file names. The long-file-name-scrolling has however been wished for in the 1010music’s Blackbox Forum here. Until then …

Take for example the following sound pack “Alex Stein – Rise Techno” which I have purchased from Loopcloud. When you dive into the directory structure, it looks like this:


I have highlighted all the “XOU_” prefixes, which most directories and files starts with. By removing this prefix, I shorten the directory and file name, giving more room for the Blackbox to show the interesting part of the directory- and file name!

You can of course change the directory names manually. The manual process is:

  • Press F2 in Windows Explorer. You can now change the directory name as you want
    Note that the whole, old, directory name is selected. This makes it easy to completely remove and replace if that is what you want. However, you probably just want to remove “XOU_” …
  • Press the Home key to position the cursor at the start of the editable file name.
  • Press the Delete-key 4 times to remove the “XOU_”-prefix. If the prefix is longer, you have to repeat more! 
  • Finally you have to press ENTER to save the changes.

Obviously this quickly become both tedious and error-prone.

Read on to see how I use a small AutoHotKey-script to create a global shortcut key like CTRL +  1 to remove the first part of the nane, the “XOU_”-part.