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The MAX49 provides versatile options to control virtually all industry standard Digital Audio Workstations. However, sometimes users seek a DAW that will provide industry standard features at a price that won't break the bank. Cockos Reaper is certainly that DAW. On top of having one of the lengthiest trial periods for DAW's, you'll find the price to be very affordable considering the feature set. In this tutorial we'll cover Reaper's industry standard features for MIDI controllers by setting up a MAX49 for keyboard, control surface and transport control, as well as MIDI mapping and MIDI Sync.
With the MAX49 connected to a USB port and powered on start Reaper.
Now that Reaper is set up for keyboard control, generic device control for MIDI mapping, MIDI sync out for external devices, transport control, and Mackie device control, let's talk about the settings on the MAX49
On the MAX49 press the GLOBAL button.
Use the Cursor Right button to navigate to page 6, and change Clock Source to External. This will allow Reaper's sync clock to work with the MAX49.
We'll be using 2 MAX49 presets in Reaper:
Program: 31 Mackie C
Program: 30 Generic
Program: 31 will provide transport contol, touch fader and button funtions from the MAX49 for editing Reaper's tracks. The following are MAX49 touch fader, and button functions, by Bank, for this Program.
|BANK 1-8||BANK 9-16||BANK 17-24||BANK 25-32|
|Faders||Track Volume||Panning||Master Volume||Track Volume|
|Buttons||Mute||Solo||Arm Record||Track Select|
Program: 30 will be used for MIDI Mapping MAX49 fader, and button fuctions to be used for Generic MIDI control. The following is the MIDI mapping setup for a Virtual Instrument Plugin.
Setup is complete! Test out how the MAX49 function with Reaper. Feel free to contact Akai Pro directly, or check out the other great articles on noterepeat.com if you have any questions about setting up your MAX49 with other DAW's
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