Posts by Trogwold

    Hi Stefan,

    Many thanks for the reply. Here's the rule that I set up:

    Now there's lots in there that I don't understand! I have no idea what 'Backtrack' is for example.....

    Ah.....should I be sending a 'Disable Message', ie a Note Off?? I bet that's it!

    Still, even if so, I'd have to send two messages from the other piece of software rather than the one that's needed at the moment. Of course, if I was using a real MIDI keyboard, a Note Off would be sent anyway and so the Disable Message would be ideal.

    Bit by bit I'm fathoming all this out! :)

    I found my own solution so I thought I'd share it here for anyone else trying to do the same thing.

    The first essential thing, as I'd already discovered, was to set the MIDI button I'd created in MIDI Manager to be a Toggle. Without this, the output of the button component goes High when the first message is received but then never goes Low again. However, with this option set, the output toggles between High and Low with each message.

    On the Input Assignment tab I created an assignment between my MIDI component and the GO button of my playlist. The graph automatically added a Binary Switcher between the two, which turns the 0/1 output of the button to False/True.

    Each time a MIDI message is received the Switcher toggles between True and False, but the GO button only fires when it receives a True. Thus, two MIDI messages are required (after the very first one) as the button/switcher has to cycle back to False before it can send another True.

    To get round this, I broke the connection between the Switcher and the GO button. I then added two new components, a Delay and Logic component that I configured to be an XOR gate. I set the Delay to 50 milliseconds.

    I then took two outputs from the Switcher. One went directly to the XOR gate while the other went to the Delay. The output of the Delay went to the second input of the XOR gate.

    At the start, everything is Low/False. The first MIDI message sends the output of the Switcher to True; the gate has got a True and a False on its inputs and so changes its output to True. The GO button is pressed.

    50 milliseconds later the second True state arrives at the XOR gate. This sends the output to False, clearing the GO button so that it's ready to accept the next press.

    The next MIDI message sets the output of the Switcher to False. The XOR gate now has a False/True pair on its inputs and this sets its output to True again; the GO button is pressed once more.

    50 milliseconds later the second False state arrives at the XOR gate, sending its output to False.

    And so on!

    Thanks Stefan. I only ask because I can get hold of one cheaply. What makes you say that an Open DMX clone (if that's what it is) wouldn't be very good? Do your reservations extend to the Enttec Open DMX itself (which was going to be my Plan B)?


    Just wondering if anyone has had any experience of using the Gus Electronics VL 344 interface with DMXcontrol 3? I know it's not in the list of supported interfaces but has anyone tried it?



    I'm trying to do a very simple thing - press the GO button by means of a MIDI message. I've chosen Note On (C1) with a velocity of 127 for this. And I've had partial success...but still there's a snag.

    So I've:

    Used the MIDI Manager to create a rule (button) that responds to the correct message.

    Used the Input Assignment page to link my rule to the GO button.

    Doing this I found that I had to set the 'Is Toggle' option in the rule to Yes otherwise it wouldn't work.

    I now find that I have to send two Note On messages because the the first one 'latches' the binary switcher (that was automatically created in the Input Graph) to a 'True' output. It presses the GO button as required but doesn't afterwards reset the input state. I have to send a second MIDI Note On to do so. As I want to program these control messages into another piece of software this is a bit worrying as, if it gets out of step, chaos will ensue!

    I'm obviously missing something. So my question is very simply: what's the best way of setting it up so that each time I send a Note On (or it could be any other message), the GO button is pressed?

    Thanks in advance!