waldorf blox adv midi settings

Waldorf bloX Chapter 3 – Make The Connection

User Manuals Knowledge Level

Everything you need to know about our product install, setup steps, configuration and usage of various features

Model and Device ID

Before we kick off with MIDI setup, choose your Model [1] from the plug-in display and set the plug-in Device ID [2] to reflect your hardware Device ID value.

 

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bloX User Manual – Set Device ID

Selecting MIDI In and MIDI Out

First choose MIDI IN [1], where your Blofeld MIDI Out is connected in at. Then choose MIDI OUT [2] which will send data to your Blofeld MIDI Input (Choose USB port if possible).

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bloX User Manual – Plug-in MIDI Ports

After setting MIDI OUT, plug-in will scan for the hardware. Plug-in Control Display will say “Plug-in is ready to go!”, if SysEx data is valid and ports are configured properly.

If something in your settings is wrong, Plug-in Control Display [1] will inform you that the process has timed out or no response from blofeld!

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bloX User Manual – No Response

Synchronize DATA from your synthesizer to plug-in

Open LIBRARIAN [1] window and click SYNC DATA FROM HW [2] button to request current data to the plug-in user interface.

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bloX User Manual – Sync Data From HW

This command will request Multi data, which includes individual parts, and it will also request global data from the Blofeld to the user interface.

Once the request command is completed, plug-in control display will indicate “Data request completed!”.

TIP #1: Be patient and do not disturb the data flow with any knob movements or so. This will ensure the data packages are being sent and received as expected and you are not going to receive any SysEx error messages!

Playing Parts individually (Multiple Blofelds in 1 huh!?)

In case you did not know, Blofeld models have 16 individual layers (also referred to as “Parts”), which can be triggered separately. This is quite easy thing to setup, and we’ve got this covered in the manual too.

Playing it multitimbral

Open Multimode Mixer [1] and set each of the parts MIDI channel [1] to different value

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bloX User Manual – Set Part MIDI Channels

Part 1 = Channel 1.
Part 2 = Channel 2.
Part 3 = Channel 3.

Part 16 = Channel 16

  • See further instructions below for each OS…

 

[mac]: … Add 16 empty MIDI tracks to your DAW and point the MIDI output directly to your Blofeld MIDI port, each with corresponding channel mentioned above!
NOTE: If you play notes / sequence blocks directly through the plug-in, there is no delay compensation applied.

[pc]: … Add 16 empty MIDI tracks to your DAW and point them to virtual out port i.e. Blofeld vMIDI Out, each with corresponding channel mentioned above!

Now if you choose MIDI track 1 (Blofeld channel 1) from your DAW and play some notes, you will hear the patch from Part 1 being played.
Now choose MIDI track 2 (Blofeld channel 2) from your DAW and when you play it, you will hear the patch from Part 2 being played! You get the idea.

DAW Config Scenario

Below you can see how bloX Editor Plug-in is on Instrument Track [1] and how MIDI tracks 1-4 [2] are routed in Studio One to play each part separately directly to hardware MIDI out ports. MIDI track 1 points to Blofeld part 1, etc.

Audio from Blofeld is routed to my Apollo Quad inputs [3] and monitoring is active on Studio One to hear the synth when played!

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bloX User Manual – Studio One Setup

ADVANCED MIDI SETTINGS

You can control which messages gets processed and which do not. Open Advanced MIDI Settings window by clicking MIDI FILTER SETTINGS [1] button (top right corner) in the plug-in user interface.

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bloX User Manual – Advanced MIDI Settings switch

You can block messages being processed from DAW or from the Synthesizer itself. Settings seen in the image below are default values.

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bloX User Manual – Advanced MIDI Settings

Advanced Incoming MIDI settings

Allow certain MIDI messages to pass into plug-in processor within Incoming MIDI setting section. Green check mark means it will be processed and when there is no check mark, it will be bypassed. Process DAW messages [1] and Process Hardware messages [2] has their own set of data “filters” [3-9] available as follows:

  • [3] Control Changes
  • [4] Program Changes
  • [5] Note Messages
  • [6] Pitch Bend
  • [7] Poly Aftertouch
  • [8] Channel Aftertouch
  • [9] System Exclusive
  • [10] Part LEDs tracks incoming MIDI and SysEx messages
    When green check mark is on, incoming data from DAW and Hardware ports is monitored and LED indicator will flash when data is coming in. When check mark is off, outgoing data is being monitored.
    Check LEDs Off function to disable.
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bloX User Manual – Advanced MIDI Settings toggles

Note #1: If you disable Control Changes and System Exclusive messages from Hardware port, your plug-in might stop responding to hardware knob movements completely.

Advanced Outgoing MIDI settings

In Outgoing MIDI settings section, you can adjust few options to fine tune the plug-in behavior.

Send all MIDI data from Plug-in:

  • Directly to Hardware [1] = Send all MIDI related command directly to hardware from the MIDI output port.
  • With attempt to match DAW buffer setting [2] = experimental attempt to sync with DAW time.
    • Manual Buffer [3] = Displays the DAW buffer size – Use the -/+ knob [4] to fine tune.

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bloX User Manual – Advanced Outgoing MIDI Settings

MIDI Clock (experimental)

We are experimenting to add general MIDI clock to the plug-in by standard feature. This might crash on some systems on a specific setups, so be cautious when using it.

Check Send Sequencer Start / Stop Commands [1] if you want to send MTC start and stop commands.
Check Send Continuous MIDI Clock information [2] if you want to sync MIDI clocked Effects and Arpeggiator to plug-in tempo information.

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bloX User Manual – Experimental MIDI Clock

Note #1: The clock with the plug-in might be inaccurate, so if you have another solution to sync clock information from your DAW to the hardware, use that instead.

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