Connecting a MIDI device to GrandMA2 - Academy - RD/ShowCockpit

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Connecting a MIDI device to GrandMA2

How to connect any MIDI controller to MA Lighting GrandMA2.

1. Create a new project

If you want to start fresh, open RD/ShowCockpit and create a new project.

2. Add an MA2 element

On the Elements section, click the Add button to add an MA2 element to the project:

Lighting > MA Lighting > GrandMA2

Click the toggle button on the left side of the GrandMA2 element to enable it.

3. Add MIDI device element

Use the Add button again to add your MIDI device element through External Control > MIDI. Currently, RD/ShowCockpit has native support for the following MIDI devices:

In case your device is not listed above, you will need to use the Generic MIDI driver and map your device controls manually. If you selected one of the devices above, you can skip to Step 5.

After adding the element, make sure that right device is selected under both Input Device and Output Device options.

Finally, click the toggle button on the left side of the MIDI device element to enable it.

4. Learn MIDI Controls

In case you selected the Generic MIDI driver, now you need to "teach" this driver what controls (faders, buttons and encoders) your device has. For the officially supported MIDI devices, controls are automatically mapped, so you can skip to Step 5.

Double-click the Generic MIDI element to open its window - you will start by mapping the Faders. Click on Enable Learn on the top-right to start listening to MIDI input.

  • Move, one-by-one, all Faders on your MIDI device. They will be added to the Faders list.
  • To map the Buttons, click on Buttons (above the table) and repeat the procedure now for all your device buttons.
  • Finally, map your Encoders by clicking on Encoders and repeat the procedure for all the encoders.

You can now close the Generic MIDI window by clicking Back to Elements or clicking on any menu button.

5. Mapping

Open the Mapping section on the Main Menu.

This section is divided into 3 columns, from left to right:

  • Functions
  • Parameters
  • Controls

Select the MA2 element on the Functions column and select a function (for example, "Executor Fader"). When you select the function, the button will be highlighted and the second column will have the parameters for the function. In this case, you can select which playback fader you want to control.

Select the Generic MIDI element on the Controls column, open the Faders list and click on one of the faders to assign the function.

If you now move your fader, the mapped Executor Fader on MA2 should act accordingly.

Repeat the process for all desired controls.