Changing Scale/Key on TASCAM TA-1VP


I just found your product and it looks amazing-- you guys are geniuses! I have a quick question about the functionality.

I just purchased a TASCAM TA-1VP-- it is a hardware vocal processor with Antares Auto-Tune and some midi capabilities. Unfortunately, after I purchased it I realized it does not support changing the Auto-Tune key signature/scale via midi CCs. So frustrating, as that was a feature I was really looking forward to utilizing.

Basically I’d like to send midi messages from the computer we use on stage to the TA-1VP telling it what key each song is in as we’re about to play it.

It is possible to do this using the TA-1VP’s interface/buttons.

Using your product, do you think it could be possible to “listen” to the information those buttons send to the unit so I can intercept it and later map it to a PC or CC and translate it?

Does that make sense? I saw that you can emulate keystrokes on a computer so I’m wondering if I could basically do the same thing but with button presses on the TA-1VP.

I know the TA-1VP also allows you to send MIDI sysex files to import lots of settings at once. I’m also looking at using that feature as an option to change key.

Let me know if you need more info from me. I appreciate any help/guidance you can provide.

Hi, thanks for posting and welcome to the Bome community!

If we can figure out what MIDI messages that are required to change the skale/key then we can likely translate from CC to the required messages. I did a quick lookup on the manual and didn’t see any MIDI specs for how to do this so we would need to find the documentation are you might have to experiment what MIDI messages are sent out on the VP when you switch scale/key and then do a bit of reverse engineering.

Steve Caldwell
Bome Customer Care

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Thanks so much for the super quick response, Steve!

The tricky thing is that I don’t know what MIDI messages are required to change the scale/key because it’s not listed in the manual as something you can do. You can see all of the info they include about MIDI on pages 22, 23, and 24 on the manual:

To your last point: yes I was basically wondering if it would be possible to do some reverse engineering to make this happen. Do you know if I can use your product to “listen to” or “spy on” the data being sent when I press buttons on the TA-1VP?

Thanks again!

Yes, in Bome MIDI Translator Pro just open the MIDI log Window after selecting your tascam device as your input port and check MIDI-IN.

Then moving knobs or buttons on your device should show what it is sending (if it is sending anything).

Steve Caldwell
Bome Customer Care

Also available for paid consulting services:

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