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Midi Pipe Tutorial- EQ with a crossfader.

Lets say you want a single button to select an effect or your crossfader to also act as an EQ fader. These kind of functions are just not possible with 99% of dj midi gear out of the box, but there are a small group of software programs that allow you to customize the way your midi gear works inside the computer. They are called Midi translator’s and today I want to show you how to perform one of the examples above using a translator called “Midi Pipe”. Midi-Pipe is a great tool that is free and easy to use but sadly only runs on Macintosh.

First, the basics.

Here is the basic signal flow for a midi translator.

  1. Midi goes into the computer and shows up as a Midi Input (like vci-100)
  2. MidiPipe Highjacks that signal and runs it through some filters
  3. You then tell midipie to send the result back out to a new virtual output
  4. The virtual output shows up in your dj software as an optional input
  5. You select that as your midi source.

In Midi Pipe you have a vertical pipe that follows the same signal flow but you have to put each module into your pipe in the right order. Here is the most basic setup. Each of the modules can be dragged from the list on the left into your blank pipe.

Once you have this working and midi is showing up in your dj software of choice we can start to mess around with the results and make some fun things happen.

Make the crossfader an EQ effect

this was requested on the blog and highlights a few basic techniques you can apply to other concepts. First you need to see what message the cross fader is sending out using the Alist. In this case the vci-100 sends out CC # 8.

So we need to duplicate that message using the message converter tool.

and now using the A-List tool you will see that the crossfader is indeed sending out 2 duplicate messages at the same time.

CHANGE THE RANGE

We want to take the CC #110 and change the range so the cross fader can only turn a EQ up or down by a limited amount. For this you need to use a control split tool and limit the scale of our new message.

MAKE IT WORK IN TRAKTOR

You will only want to use this effect some of the time, so it makes sense to actually assign your new cross fader function to a single or multiple EQ band on a midi different page. Then use a foot switch or a shift button to activate that page and your fader will now be an FX control. The DJ TT tutorial on using midi pages in Traktor can be found here:

using multiple shift layers in Traktor

once you figure this process out and come up with some interesting ways of using the techniques- post a video on you-tube and show us how you used it!

  • smasterm01

    something tells me you need this midi-pipe in order to do the jog fx thing on a stock vci 100, plus i dont have a mac >.<

  • omar bautista figuer

    [quote comment=""][quote comment=""]Jeff try asking on the forums –
    http://www.djtechtools.com/forum%5B/quot
    WHEN I USE MY VCI 300 WITH VIRTUAL DJ I DON`T HAVE "AUDIO" EVERY THING ON MY PANEL WORKS GREAT, BUT I STILL MAKE THE AUDIO OUTPUT TROUGHT THE VCI 300, THANKC 4 UR HELP!!![/quote]

  • omar bautista figuer

    [quote comment=""]Jeff try asking on the forums –
    http://www.djtechtools.com/forum%5B/quot
    WHEN I USE MY VCI 300 WITH VIRTUAL DJ I DON`T HAVE "AUDIO" EVERY THING ON MY PANEL WORKS GREAT, BUT I STILL MAKE THE AUDIO OUTPUT TROUGHT THE VCI 300, THANKC 4 UR HELP!!!

  • Jeff try asking on the forums –
    http://www.djtechtools.com/forum

  • Jeff Modjeska

    I am trying to condence my load and set up time but have not found a midi/sound card controller I am confident enough to use. I am tired of halling my Pioneer DMJ 800, Pioneer DVJ 1000's and Pioneer VSW-1 as well as a case of DVD's and Cd's. I just bought a new MacBook Pro 2.5 GZ, 4 meg ram and a dedicated 512 video card. I want to mix music videos and currently use Virtual Dj. I have tried the PCDJ Dac 3, Hercules RMX, Serato & Rane TTM5. I liked Serato but had to many issues converting my videos to a format Serato would like. I have also had issues with time code using my Pioneer DVJ's not to mention once again carrying bulky equipment to my gigs.

    What would you suggest with confidence that I can play my music videos off my hard drives (AVI, MPEG, MPEG4 and VOB flies)using only my MacBook Pro and a controller/soundcard using Virtual DJ software.

    I thought you mentioned something about the new Vestex 300 with some new midi software. I certainly enjoy your videos and trust your advice keep up the good work!

    I hope you can help me!

    Thank you in advance,

    Jeff

    Jeff Modjeska

    608-576-3764

    mojo3467@yahoo.com

  • Redlight

    Thanks Ean. This is just what I needed to take it to the next level.