I have the Evolution UC 16 (it’s great), and have a MIDI cable from it’s output
to the MIDI in on my master keyboard. It’s common for MIDI equipment to
allow chaining like this, but with recent USB devices that seems to change…
I had a look at the keyboard you linked to, and you see here (image)
that it doesn’t have a MIDI input… Thus you can’t link them.
USB devices will usually (at least the Evolution UC 16 does) add their own MIDI
drivers to the OS, effectively working as if they had a builtin MIDI interface.
Renoise should in a later version support multiple MIDI inputs, but I’m afraid
1.5 doesn’t seem to be the time for that.
Sorry I wasn’t aware of this… I’ve only owned older keyboards I guess. This means that MIDI merging is done in the MIDI device, which not all supports. I.e. even if you have MIDI in doesn’t mean that the incoming signals also are sent thru to the MIDI out port.
In a master keyboard (they don’t play any sound), that’s the only reason there can be to have a MIDI in
One of the big advantages of USB devices, is that they come with their own builtin MIDI interfaces, and thus doesn’t require you to either buy a separate one or use chaining (which can increase the lag/latency). Anyway, google “MIDI chaining”, “MIDI daisy chaining”, “synth MIDI thru” or something like that to find more about this.
I have a Roland A-33 master keyboard. 76 half weighted keys, no fancy features. Got an ok price. (I was initially getting a cheaper and a little bit smaller Fatar keyboard which was on sale, but after returning defect keyboards twice I got an offer on this one instead).
Those programs should do it for now, and expect better support in Renoise in the future. Perhaps the release after 1.5 (formerly known as 1.3), but I don’t promise anything as usual (since such promises usually break ).
When you get it hooked up (should be quick done, those programs aren’t very complicated, just make sure you don’t introduce any feedback loops), try for example mapping the first 10 knobs to each slider in a EQ10 on a track, start playback and play around. You’ll still have six knobs left, so just for fun map them to volume, some distortion plugin and a filter with resonance for example. You’re not gonna sell that thing, I promise
One of the ideas I’ve had is remotemapping preset groups:
Define groups of controllers in Renoise, with names, not attached to any device. With the UC16 you could typically define four presets in Renoise mapped directly to the quick preset buttons on the UC16.
Rightclick a device, select “Map controller group >”, then (in a popup) the groupname you want to map to this device. This leads to instant mapping of any number of controllers you’ve predefined in the group, to the parameters in this device.
Another is assigning a controller to the “current value”, this needs some sort of widget focus to work.
Yet another is combining the two, assigning a controller group to control the “current device”, which again needs some sort of device focus.
Too late, already sold it to a buddy of mine, Midi Yoke/Ox either didn’t work, or I messed up some stuff… Anyway, he needed it more than I did. Will buy another one when it’s supported without workarounds in Renoise…