hi everyone using more than one MIDI controller.
I have been considering getting an Alias 8 as a supplement to my existing setup to use with Ableton, Traktor or Reason.
However, I would like to make sure it works well in my environment and doesn't clash with my other controllers when I customize it.
I have here the OhmRGB, Code2 and the APC
Relevant questions therefore are:
1) how STRAIGHT FORWARD is it to permanently customize its messages/mappings?
I have tried using the online editor for the Code but it remains in the limbus of 'fetching the controller settings' so nothing really happens and I can't use it. Editing the Alias' layout could prove crucial though because it's CC assignments will clash with the those of the other controllers. I have already customized my Code banks to send data on channels 1, 2, 3 & 5 while the Ohm sends on channels 1, 8, 9 & 10 to avoid conflicts between them. I have also remapped the Ohm's grid buttons which send notes between C2 and B2 on channel 8 to prevent identical notes to the APC's mapping. This all works fine, but will this work for the Alias too, with the use of an online editor only, which I cannot get to work with the Code at the moment? — Having said that, it is obvious that some mappings will overlap each other when the Alias provides 15 banks/channels, as for its 2x8 buttons are the same as the Ohm's first 16 and the Code's push encoders 1-15 it would be handy though, to map them to notes unused by the two other controllers. If none of this works, then I can effectively use banks 4, 6, 7 & 11-15 freely. When making custom assignments in Ableton, the program ignores the MIDI port, so it doesn't differentiate between the origin of the CC message sent, which is why it is somewhat important to have different mappings for the controllers.
Q again: how easy & straight forward is the customization of MIDI messages for the Alias 8? Will there be an offline hardware editor any time soon?
2a) are the Alias 8's CC/note assignments set globally for the Alias? or can they be different on different banks? If one were to change them while they are the same on every bank then Ableton scripts for the Alias would of course no longer work unless one edits the pythons — which I am afraid I cannot, yet.
2b) can LED-settings/layout, reactions to velocity values and momentary/toggle modes be saved separately for the different banks? Using Reason it is possible with LUA scripting, the Ohm for instance saves my colour settings I have made in the Ohm's Lua file.
3) are the banks of the Alias theoretically controllable from a different device? meaning, is it possible to switch directly to a bank by means of an external MIDI message? or is this function linked to its encoder only? I assume the preset selector doesn't support the Alias for there is no downloadable hardware editor that handles one's presets… that right?
okay, well this post turned out way bigger than I intended — sorry for being so detailed about things, but often discussion take ages because details have been left out initially…
thanks very much in advance, I am sure this isn't just useful to my humble self.