Midi Setup and configuration
Midi Triggers with Magic Q
Midi can be used with Magic Q to trigger actions and playbacks on the console. However, there are some limitations depending on the hardware used in the setup.
Notes for Midi Triggers
- For MQPC you will need to have the MQPC Rackmount Dongle, or the older Chamsys Midi box plugged in and the software running out of demo mode.
- For consoles that don't have built-in Midi, one of the older Chamsys Midi Usb boxes will work for adding Midi to the MQ60 and the Older MQ100 desks that didn't come with Midi built-in
- On MQPC Midi Triggers are limited to the 10 main playbacks.
- On Magic Q Consoles you will have access to all playbacks in the console.
- 3rd Party Midi interfaces are supported on MQPC but ONLY when used with the Rackmount Dongle plugged in and the software running out of demo mode
- Consoles require Midi to be sent in using the standard Midi Din cables, use of USB devices must be done via a Midi usb to Midi Din translator/Host of some sort, we can recommend the Kenton Midi To USB Host.
Connecting your Midi Device
- If using a Magic Q Console connection is as simple as plugging in the Din cables to the ports on the back of the desk. For PC systems, you will need to connect your Midi interface or control surface via USB. Once the device is connected there are several settings to check in Magic Q to allow your Midi Device to communicate with your device.
- First, under Setup>View Settings>Midi/Timecode ensure Midi In type is set to the appropriate setting for your needs
- then ensure Midi In Ch is set set to the appropriate setting for your needs
- If using MQPC you will need to go to the Tools Menu up in the Menu bar and choose Select Midi Device, then choose your interface or control surface
- Once these settings are correct, when you trigger a key or note on your midi device, you should see the note number and velocity displayed down on the bottom left of the screen near the clock and version number just above playbacks 1 &2.
Mapping Midi Notes to Actions
Once you see your Midi notes down near the clock, you can start mapping the Midi to actions on your desk,this can be done via the Automation screen found under the macros screen.
- Press the Macro Key
- On the top soft buttons choose View Automation
- Then choose Insert Automation from the top soft buttons
- This will insert a line into the automation window.
- Under Type, choose Midi Note
- Under P1 Set your button action desired to trigger the console
- Under P2 set the note number you want to trigger the automation line
- Under P3 set the Midi Channel Number
- Next for function choose what you would like the Midi Note to tell Magic Q to do
- Finally, in F1 Choose what item or playback the Midi Note will trigger.
Once these settings are set pressing the key/note on your Midi controller should result in Magic Q triggering the action specified in the automation window.
**Note** Magic Q will only respond to Midi Notes, Midi Control change type commands will not be assignable or useable.**
For More information on MIDI with Magic Q please See Chapter 36 of the manual.