Beware - this is probably only of interest if you own a Novation Supernova II, Supernova, Nova Laptop or Nova.
After a weekend of furious hacking, compiling and bug-hunting, I’ve finished a beta build of my control/editing interface for the Novation Supernova II synth.
It’s based on the Ctrlr project and offers a standalone executable AND a VSTi dll (currently for Windows, but an AU should be available in the next few days) with an extensive tabbed virtual controller mapped to lots of the Supernova’s most important CC and NRPN parameters.
Using Renoise’s MIDI Control device is fine for just a couple of params, but it’ll only do CC and each devices has a limited number of params - until now, I had multiple saved presets for the device which I had to laboriously load each time…
Now, however, you can basically treat the Supernova as a VST instrument - you send MIDI to it as you would a VSTi, it takes its own MIDI input from the Supernova (so knob/slider values are kept visually in sync), you can drop both CC and NRPN parameters (hundreds of them!) into an Automation device and go crazy. Except for a few really in-depth things which still have to be done by getting physical with the hardware, you can build complex patches from scratch within the controller and preview notes as you would with a VSTi.
This is a bit like Midi Quest by Sound Quest, with the slight difference that it looks better, it actually works and it’s completely FREE!
NOTE: eventually, there’ll be a complete CC/NRPN implementation, but this build only covers about 90% of the CCs and about 50% of the NRPNs. That’s because I wanted a controller that gave me DAW automation of critical parameters and also let me do a decent chunk of patch editing. For now, there’s some stuff you’ll still have to go to the hardware to do (and some stuff will never be available to software control, like the Osc Solo button), and I won’t invest time in doing the FULL implementation until Ctrlr has full sysex librarian capabilities - only then will it be worthwhile. But that’ll be reeeeally cool
NOTE #2: since most Windows MIDI drivers won’t let themselves be shared, you might have to play around with MIDI outs. I’ve got about 6 x MIDI I/O so I haven’t had problems…
NOTE #3: Nova/Nova Laptop owners - not sure if this’ll work for you, but it’s worth a try. I know lots of the mappings will probably be the same, but I make no promises
Check it out here. There are also other Ctrlrs for other hardware synths on there. Next on my personal to-do list is the Access Virus B and possibly the Roland JV-1010 (although the JV looks REALLY complicated to do…not sure if I can be arsed).