hex midi issues

Q & A for building and interfacing your rack gear with Ground Control Pro and GCX-based systems.
Post Reply
Stoner30
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:31 pm

hex midi issues

Post by Stoner30 » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:11 am

Cannot figure out why the hex looper does not take command from my disaster area dmc-8d
Midi controller. I've done all the manual states to do in order to synchronize them up.
Still no luck. Does anyone have any tips, or tricks that I'm missing?

nyteowl
Posts: 1325
Joined: Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:53 am

Re: hex midi issues

Post by nyteowl » Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:27 am

First things that come to mind...

1. Are you sure both units are on the same MIDI Channel?
2. Are you sure your MIDI cable has all its pins wired?
3. How are you making the MIDI connection between the DMC-8D's 8-pin MIDI connector and the Hex"s 5-pin connector?
I am not affiliated with Voodoo Lab in any way, but enjoy sharing what little MIDI and signal routing knowledge I have. If you find my assistance helpful, please pay it forward.

Stoner30
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:31 pm

Re: hex midi issues

Post by Stoner30 » Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:32 pm

Yes to everything you have asked, except my dmc-8d has a 5 pin midi connection

JohnClark
Posts: 7086
Joined: Tue May 05, 2009 2:33 pm
Location: The Lab

Re: hex midi issues

Post by JohnClark » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:17 pm

I see the DMC-D8 will send MIDI Program Changes... here is how to set up the HEX to get it ready to rock...


Enable MIDI Program Change.
1. Power up the HEX with Button #1 held down. The LEDs will flash until you release Button #1.
2. For Program Change you want only LED#1 lit up. Press any buttons necessary to turn on LED #1, and make sure any other LED's are off.
3. Power Down the HEX.

Set the MIDI Channel.
1. Power up the HEX with Button #2 held down. The LEDs will flash until you release Button #2.
2. LEDs 1-4 indicate the MIDI Channel. MIDI Channel 1 is selected with LED's 1-4 turned Off. MIDI Channel 16 is selected when LEDs 1-4 are On.
3. Power Down the HEX.

Doing the above steps will make it so when you send a Program Change to the HEX you can save a combination of loops by pressing the desired loop buttons on HEX then saving by pressing both Buttons #1 and #6 at the same time. The LEDs should flash to confirm the save.


If this isn't working you will have to check on the controller that you are sending on the same MIDI Channel the HEX is set to.

Also make sure you are running from the MIDI Out of the Controller to the MIDI In on HEX. Do you have any other MIDI gear to test with?

Let us know how it goes.

infuzed
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat May 27, 2017 6:26 am

Re: hex midi issues

Post by infuzed » Sat May 27, 2017 6:43 am

A year later and I have the same issue
I have a DMC-8 Gen3 hooked directly into the HEX switcher
then have a midi anyliser at the thru

the DMC-8 sends all the correct info to the Switcher on the correct midi channel
I have tried the switcher with Program change and/or Control change
All makes no difference, the hex is dead in the water, lights are on but nobody home!

I chain in my mobius, timeline and bigsky... all no problem work exactly as expected from the thru without issue, first time!
I am no slouch with setting up midi but this has got me stumped

Why the hell won't the switcher respond???

JohnClark
Posts: 7086
Joined: Tue May 05, 2009 2:33 pm
Location: The Lab

Re: hex midi issues

Post by JohnClark » Tue May 30, 2017 9:30 am

infuzed wrote:A year later and I have the same issue
I have a DMC-8 Gen3 hooked directly into the HEX switcher
then have a midi anyliser at the thru

the DMC-8 sends all the correct info to the Switcher on the correct midi channel
I have tried the switcher with Program change and/or Control change
All makes no difference, the hex is dead in the water, lights are on but nobody home!

I chain in my mobius, timeline and bigsky... all no problem work exactly as expected from the thru without issue, first time!
I am no slouch with setting up midi but this has got me stumped

Why the hell won't the switcher respond???
What MIDI Channel have you set the HEX to Respond to?

When trying Control Changes what set of Control Change numbers did you have the HEX set to respond to?

Post Reply