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.
My simplified wiring diagram looks like this:
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!
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 …
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:
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.