Akai Pro MIDImix - Using the MIDImix Editor
MIDImix is a portable compact high-performance mixer that has the unique ability to control your Digital Audio Workstation. While it's not always necessary to edit the parameters on the MIDImix, it can be beneficial when creating more complicated mapping assignments. This article walks through how to use the MIDImix Editor to re-configure the parameters.
- Downloading, Installing and Opening The Editor
- Changing Parameters
- Saving and Loading Presets
- Sending and Receiving Presets
- Further Technical Support
- To download the Akai Pro MIDImix Editor, navigate to the Docs & Downlaods section on the MIDImix product page at Akaipro.com. Choose either the Mac or PC version depening on your operating system.
- Find the downloaded MIDImix_Editor.exe file in your Downloads folder and double-click on it to run the installer.
- Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
- Once the installation is finished, you will find the Editor in either your Programs folder (Windows) or your Applications folder (Mac).
The MIDImix requires a direct connection with the editor to perform correctly. So, before opening the editor to make any changes to your MIDImix, it's important to do the following:
- Close all other Audio/MIDI software, including any DAWs or MIDI monitors. This will ensure that the editor has complete communication with the MIDImix.
- Plug the MIDImix directly into a USB port on your computer. Using a USB hub or USB cable extender is not recommend while using the editor.
Please note: The editor will open to the default settings for the MIDIMix. If you ever need to reset the MIDIMix to default, simply open the editor and select File > Send to Hardware. This will send all of the on-screen settings to the MIDIMix and reset it to default. This may be necessary to match the provided mapping files for some DAWs.
Once you have your MIDImix connected and the editor open, you can start making some changes. All of the faders, knobs, and buttons (except for the Send All, and Bank buttons) can be edited in the following ways:
- Control Change (CC): This a MIDI protocol that will send a range of values between 0 - 127. Each knob or fader can be assigned to a CC number which will then send a value of 0 at it's lowest point and a value of 127 at it's highest point, and every value in between . For example, the first fader on the left is set to CC19 and when turned all the way up, the MIDImix will send a value of 127 over CC 19.
The control change number itself can be set anywhere from 0-127. In order for a fader or knob to connect with a software parameter, that fader or knob will need to send the same CC number that the software parameter is listening for. You can see a list of some common uses for each CC value here. If you are mapping your MIDImix to software that uses a "MIDI learn" feature, you can use virtually any CC number as long as each parameter is set to a different number or a different MIDI channel. If you are mapping to software that does not have "MIDI learn" feature, try using some of the common CC values or contact the software developer for a MIDI implementation chart.
- MIDI Channel (CH): MIDI messages can be defined by a MIDI port and/or a MIDI channel. Each port has 16 different channels that can be used to pass data. MIDI ports are often unique hardware paths, typically indicated by a 5-pin DIN connectors (shown below). The MIDImix port in this case is the USB connection and this can handle 16 different MIDI channels at once. This can be used in correlation with CC messages to further separate the messages between controls or even to send control messages to different software or VST instruments.
- Note/CC (buttons only): The MIDImix buttons can be assigned to send Note on/off messages instead of CC messages. The difference here is that a cc message will send a value of zero when released, but a note message will send a full value of 127 when released. These functions are often referred to as Momentary or Toggle messages. A momentary message can be used to assign a button or function to turn on while the button is held down and off when released and a toggle message can be used to turn a function on with the first press and off with the second press. Some DAWs may respond differently to the release message sent by the button, so either CC or note messages can be used as momentary or toggle depending on how your software reacts.
To change a parameter value in the editor, simply click on the corresponding CC/CH/NT number and type in the new value:
Once you have made all of your adjustments, it's a good idea to save the preset so that you can acces it later to re-load or make further adjustments. Here is the recommended process:
- Select File > Save As at the top of the editor window.
- Create a folder where you can store your presets and easily find them later on. A good location for this is on your Desktop or in your Documents folder.
- Name your preset accordingly and click Save to save your preset.
To re-open the preset later for editing or to resend to your hardware, follow these steps:
- Select File > Open Preset at the top of the editor window
- Navigate to the location where your preset file is stored, select the file and click Open.
This file will open in a second editor window and which will be labeled at the top with the name of the preset. Please continue to use this new window to edit the preset or send the preset to your MIDImix.
Once your preset is saved and ready to go, follow these steps to load the preset onto your MIDImix:
- Select File > Send To Hardware at the top of the editor window. (Remember to use the new window that pops up if you have opened a preset file.)
- You may see a screen show up that asks you to choose your MIDI ports. Select MIDI Mix in both the Input and Output fields and click Apply and OK.
Important: If you receive an error when attempting to select the MIDImix ports, this may indicate that another software is attempting to use the MIDImix at the same time. Ensure that all other audio/MIDI software is closed and re-open the MIDImix Editor.
Your preset should now be sent to the MIDImix! These changes will be stored until they are changed again in the editor.
If you did not save your preset before closing the editor and you need to make some adjustments to the current assignments, you can use the Load From Hardware feature to pull your current assignments off of the MIDImix. This way you can pick up where you left off. To do this, simply select File > Load From Hardware and the currently opened preset will be updated with the current MIDImix assignments.
Please note, if you have opened a different preset in the editor, the current assignments will appear in that opened preset. However, no changes will be saved to the preset file until you select File > Save. To avoid saving over a preset, always make sure to select File > Save As and save your preset when loading assignments from the hardware.
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