Controlling the Waldorf Microwave

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Controlling the Waldorf Microwave

Post by Syx » Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:15 am

Is it possible to control the Waldorf Microwave with a Roland A-800Pro MIDI controller?

I'm trying to figure out a way where I can control this rack synth in a live setup. Is it possible with the Roland A-800Pro? I know it's quite a modern controller and I want to use it specifically because it has channel aftertouch. I guess anything is possible with the knowledge of Sysex programming right?

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Re: Controlling the Waldorf Microwave

Post by mharris80 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:41 am

It depends on how much editing you'll be doing on the fly. If you just want to change a few parameters, (i.e. filter cutoff, LFO rate, etc) it should suit you well. Otherwise, I'd look into something with more knobs and sliders. You'll just need to download a copy of the manual for the Waldorf and map what you want to the controller.

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Re: Controlling the Waldorf Microwave

Post by aredj » Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:42 pm

No time to look at the manual atm, but I doubt that controller has the ability to do sysex value changes...

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Re: Controlling the Waldorf Microwave

Post by mharris80 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:08 pm

aredj wrote:No time to look at the manual atm, but I doubt that controller has the ability to do sysex value changes...
I Googled the manual. It can be done via the included software editor.

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Re: Controlling the Waldorf Microwave

Post by Syx » Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:50 pm

Yea, this sounds like a massive pain in the a*s. I might have to go with the Mirowave XT. Either that or stick with my original plan and get an Ensoniq TS-10.

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Re: Controlling the Waldorf Microwave

Post by mharris80 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:29 pm

Syx wrote:Yea, this sounds like a massive pain in the a*s. I might have to go with the Mirowave XT. Either that or stick with my original plan and get an Ensoniq TS-10.
Which part? The Sys-Ex programming, I take it? It's really not that bad if you've got a good editor. If I was in your position, I'd look into the Behringer BCR2000. 56 knobs per preset, and the editing's pretty straightforward. You can find them for about $150 or so, depending on where you look. I use a program called BC Manager from Mountain Utilities to program mine.

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Re: Controlling the Waldorf Microwave

Post by calyx93 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:39 pm

I'm assuming you'll be wanting the TS-10 for its polyphonic aftertouch? Use my Microwaves with an Ensoniq SQ-80 for the the same reason - really brings the best out of the Waldorfs :) As for programming, the Behringer is great and so is the Peavey PC1600 and PC1600x.
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Re: Controlling the Waldorf Microwave

Post by aredj » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:49 pm

mharris80 wrote:
aredj wrote:No time to look at the manual atm, but I doubt that controller has the ability to do sysex value changes...
I Googled the manual. It can be done via the included software editor.
Wow..yeah, look at that - sysex string values! Not bad. The only other keyboard controller that I know of that does that is the Novation line. And those are waaay more expensive than this yamaha (61keys)... very cool.

Hmm.. too bad about the joystick "modwheel"... that kind shoots back to zero right? I like my modwheel to stay where I put it...

Anyway, yeah, whether the Waldorf wants sysex or nrpn (or CC for that matter) the Yamaha looks like a good way to go, looks easy to program - seeing as you want keys and not just a midi knob box. If it was just knobs, then BCR all the way....

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Re: Controlling the Waldorf Microwave

Post by mharris80 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:22 pm

aredj wrote:
mharris80 wrote:
aredj wrote:No time to look at the manual atm, but I doubt that controller has the ability to do sysex value changes...
I Googled the manual. It can be done via the included software editor.
Wow..yeah, look at that - sysex string values! Not bad. The only other keyboard controller that I know of that does that is the Novation line. And those are waaay more expensive than this yamaha (61keys)... very cool.

Hmm.. too bad about the joystick "modwheel"... that kind shoots back to zero right? I like my modwheel to stay where I put it...

Anyway, yeah, whether the Waldorf wants sysex or nrpn (or CC for that matter) the Yamaha looks like a good way to go, looks easy to program - seeing as you want keys and not just a midi knob box. If it was just knobs, then BCR all the way....
Yeah, after your first post, I had to double check real quick to make sure I wasn't talking out my a*s. :lol:
And I don't know what's up with putting a "Juno stick" on a modern controller, either. If makes sense on a Juno, but for anything with more complex routing options. :roll:

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