Akaipro released a new APC Mini Controller last week. Like the old one, there was little documentation on the MIDI mapping. I think they expect people to just use as plug and play with Ableton Live but I know of many users that use it for other things so I thought I’d document a bit of my findings after I received mine yesterday.
Due to the implementation of this controller I think it will be a prime candidate for using Bome MIDI Translator Pro to get the colors and behavior that most users will want (if not using with Ableton Live).
The new unit now has full RGB LED control.
The matrix LED note numbers are the same as the original APC MINI but the MIDI channel indicates how bright you want the LED. For full brightness send same note-on number message that the controller sends, but on MIDI channel 7. MIDI channels larger than 7 will create various blink rates.
The bottom row (mute buttons) are notes 100-107 (left to right). The buttons on the right (top to bottom are notes 113-119. The shift is note 122 but doesn’t seem to have an LED. There are many colors but these are the ones that are most identifiable to me. Use this decimal velocity for the color. Again MIDI CH 7 will be brightest so Bright red would be 96 00 48 for bottom left of the matrix. That is Note on MIDI channel 7 velocity 72
For the bottom and side buttons, use MIDI CH 1. They are not RGB. The bottom row produce red for a velocity greater than 0 and off for velocity 0.
For a velocity of 2, they flash.
The side buttons follow the same strategy except the are green for on.
The shift button does not have and LED so it will always be off.
Red 72 (48 Hex)
There are two other modes; Note Mode, and Drum Mode, but I’m not documenting them here yet. Maybe later or someone can add that.
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I am new to bome, using it to translate between mydmx3.0 and my controllers (Apc 40MK2, Novation Launch Pad, and recently purchased APC Mini MK2) . I’ve figured out the faders and buttons on all devices, I even have LED feedback on the APC40 MK2. However I can’t seem to get the LEDS on the mini to work. If I go straight from the mini to mydmx and set the channel to 7 it works, however I can’t get it through bome.
Hi, I replied to you via private message which you also sent me and attached my reply here.
First of all, I recommend you use aliases as describe in this tutorial. In the long run, it will make your life easier if you need to move your equipment around. Just reassign the aliases as opposed to making changes to multiple translators.
Secondly, again for the reason of making your project easier to manage, I suggest you organize your presets by input and outputs as described in this tutorial. Changing a few presets will be less work than lots of translators.
Finally, I’ve used the same concepts above to create this project file.
There are 4 aliases as follows. Your alias assignment may be different depending on the physical device your OS reports.
There are two presets. The first one handles everything from the APC MINI to the Application. The other handles everything from the Application back to the APC MINI.
From APC MINI to application I convert all outgoing messages to MIDI CH 7. I have 2 translators. One for note on and one for note-off
From Application, I have 4 translators. The first two handle sending the right color to the pads in the matrix so I always send on MIDI CH 7. I adjust the velocity in the rules to the color I want.
The second two handle the non-matrix buttons and I convert back from MIDI CH7 to MIDI CH 1 which the APC MINI needs.
you guys seem to be the right folks to ask this question too,
How would I go about doing this and setting it up…I have two MIDI Controllers that I want to use with a lighting console. When I plug both of them into my computer they both send the same Signal output and act as a pair, this is where I’m hoping I can offset the midi translation into different midis signals so that two devices will work together or have them independently as MIDI1 and MIDI2
I would really appreciate if someone would be able to clearly show me step by step for this or point in the best direction to achieve this query , as I can’t seem to find any tutorials or setup instructions for this . I believe this is the program that will work but I want to ask is it possible before I purchase
thanks so much for you attention
much appreciate have a lovely day
Irish friend Shane from the west of Ireland on Cold Saturday