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  • Dave C
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    Joined: Jan 15th, 2021
    Playing Different sounds from the Keyboard and the Pads on my Arturia KeyLab
    Hi there! This is my first post to this forum. I recently bought an Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII. I've have used MainStage a bit before, but my new keyboard has 16 pads and I'm trying to take advantage of this in MainStage. I understand that I can assign the pads to trigger samples or backing tracks, using the MS Playback plugin, but is there anyway to take an existing drum kit in MS and assign the pads to play the kit, while still being able to play piano or organ from the keyboard? Or do I have to take the drum samples individually into channel strips in my MS patch and use multiple instances of the playback plugin? Thanks for reading, Dave
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  • Dave C
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    Joined: Jan 15th, 2021
    Re: Playing Different sounds from the Keyboard and the Pads on my Arturia KeyLab
    I think I may have figured out an answer to my own question. I add a channel strip to my MS patch and set it up as a drum kit. For each of the pads, I add an assignment to Channel 10 and state what MIDI note I want to play with that pad. This is not very elegant as I have to do this for each of the 16 pads individually. Arrrrg! Not only that but the drum kit sounds are also sounding from the keyboard keys! MS is still a bit of a maze to me.
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  • Joe A
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    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: Playing Different sounds from the Keyboard and the Pads on my Arturia KeyLab
    Hi Dave - I think you're correct -- that's how it works in Logic, you have to channelize when you want different controllers to play different sounds independently, and of course MainStage is based on Logic. However if the keyboard doesn't let you set a different MIDI transmit channel for the pads than for the keys, then you might end up with the behavior you're seeing. If that is a limitation, then I guess you could re-map the drums to unused high or low notes above or below the normal keyboard range, and then make sure that the range of keyboard Instruments doesn't overlap those notes. There might be another way to do it in MainStage [maybe some other kind of zone setup or remapping?], but I don't have a keyboard with pads here to be able to test it out..
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  • Dave C
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    Joined: Jan 15th, 2021
    Re: Playing Different sounds from the Keyboard and the Pads on my Arturia KeyLab
    Thanks for the help Joe! I was being stupid a real noobie error. The Keylab 88 Mk II can set different channels for the pads and the keyboard via the Midi Control Center application, but there is no need to do this with MainStage. In MS, I just had to set the Keyboard parameter to "None" on the MIDI Input tab for the channel strip used for my drum kit. Voila! The kit no longer sounds when I play on the keys. Cheers, Dave
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