Re: I am missing something VERY basic, I think

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Posted by Mike Caswell on July 16, 2000 at 11:25:13:

In Reply to: I am missing something VERY basic, I think posted by Michael on July 16, 2000 at 00:05:36:


Try this... on your QS, change your KBD MODE to OUT 1. I'm not sure if it is in the same place on the QS6.1 as it is on my QS7, but to get to it, I press EDIT, then GLOBAL, then the right PAGE key 5 times.

This accomplishes 2 things: 1) Sounds will no longer be generated when you play on the keyboard, and 2) MIDI will be sent out on channel 1 (hence the OUT 1 you set KBD MODE to). Now that you've done this, find in Cakewalk (sorry I have no idea where it would be), a "MIDI THRU" function. It will ask for a receive channel, which you would set to 1.

Once you've done this, here's what will happen: Any notes you play on the keyboard will be sent out as MIDI and received by the sequencer software. It will then determine what needs to happen to those notes, most likely depending on what track you have selected. If you have, for example, a flute sound assigned to channel 4, and you have that track selected, ready to record, the incoming MIDI will be routed to that channel to the synth, and you will hear the note on just that channel. So, when you are set up like this, the QS does not play any notes directly from the keys.... everything is first sent to the sequencing software, which bounces it back to the synth to be played.

Keep in mind, the KBD MODE: OUT 1 has no bearing on what track you are recording in Cakewalk. In other words, you don't have to change it every time you want to record a different track. Your sequencing software will take whatever you are playing on that channel, and record it to whatever track you have selected.

Also keep in mind that when set to OUT 1, you will no longer be able to play your keyboard without the sequencer (or some other MIDI echo-back software) running, unless you change KBD MODE back to NORMAL.

And one other thing... you should not have to manually select your programs on the synth itself. Cakewalk should let you assign patches for each track, which it should automatically send out to the QS. Just be sure you are in a mix that has all 16 channels enabled.

Hope this helps!

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