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URGENT HELP WITH MIDIWOKRS PEDALS


Hi everyone,
as seen from the title I have a huge problem with my Midiworks pedalboard that arrived yesterday. (finally)
Since it arrives with a midi cable without any interface that can connect to a computer I went to the local music store and bought a cheap MIDI to USB cable (with both USB cable and MIDI cable built int).
I booted up Hauptwerk and programmed the pedals according to the manual they had on their site, but the pedals just dont work, the MIDI indicator in Hauptwerk shows green light constantly when the pedals are connected, and when I tried to auto detect the pedals to play finally, it detected my pedals but always incorrectly (it shows from some reason from oct -2 D#, to oct 8 F for some reason?) which indicates that either my pedals are broken, or that my MIDI to USB is complete rubbish.
Can anyone please help me figure this out? I spent loads of money and time on this purchase and now that it doesn't work I'm in genuine pain.

Also I cannot contact MIDIWORKS for support since they are on a holiday at the moment.

For anyone that helps, many thanks in advance!
by RRKdudas
Jan 1, 2019 02:02 PM

Replies (8)

RE: URGENT HELP WITH MIDIWOKRS PEDALS

When I purchased a midi pedalboard from another company I had all sorts of problems with it. Only getting a good USB midi - roland um-one - would make it work. The usb connector could well be the issue. The cheap usb midi I had works perfectly fine on other things, just not the pedalboard.

Hope this is the issue!
John

by gooseholla
Jan 1, 2019 04:40 PM

RE: URGENT HELP WITH MIDIWOKRS PEDALS

gooseholla wrote:

When I purchased a midi pedalboard from another company I had all sorts of problems with it. Only getting a good USB midi - roland um-one - would make it work. The usb connector could well be the issue. The cheap usb midi I had works perfectly fine on other things, just not the pedalboard.

Hope this is the issue!
John

Thanks for the reply! I suspected that this might be the issue, I will try to find a normal USB MIDI thing that works with the pedals.

by RRKdudas
Jan 1, 2019 05:23 PM

RE: URGENT HELP WITH MIDIWOKRS PEDALS

If you download http://www.midiox.com/ the software will show you which midi codes are coming on each note as you press the pedal key. Then you can tell if it's the midi cable or adapter or what might be wrong.

by bayless
Jan 2, 2019 09:49 AM

RE: URGENT HELP WITH MIDIWOKRS PEDALS

Check at what numeric value the lowest manual C note is set at, and then set you lowest pedal CC one octave lower than that. This may work.

One way to check if you pedal board works: when you are about to self-detect keys on a manual, instead of hitting a manual key, hit the lowest and then highest notes of the pedal board and see in what range of the manual keyboard the notes will play. Then you know if the settings for the pedal need to be octave adjusted or not.

by adri
Jan 5, 2019 09:37 AM

RE: URGENT HELP WITH MIDIWOKRS PEDALS

If you download http://www.midiox.com/ the software will show you which midi codes are coming on each note as you press the pedal key. Then you can tell if it's the midi cable or adapter or what might be wrong.

I go along with the advice quoted above - you are wasting your time fooling with HW until you have checked that your pedals and midi cable are working properly. Using MIDI.OX is the ideal way to test the functionality of midi equipment.

csw900

by csw900
Jan 6, 2019 09:59 AM

RE: URGENT HELP WITH MIDIWOKRS PEDALS

csw900 wrote:

If you download http://www.midiox.com/ the software will show you which midi codes are coming on each note as you press the pedal key. Then you can tell if it's the midi cable or adapter or what might be wrong.

I go along with the advice quoted above - you are wasting your time fooling with HW until you have checked that your pedals and midi cable are working properly. Using MIDI.OX is the ideal way to test the functionality of midi equipment.

csw900

Hello,

On my user page you can see a picture of the pedalboard I purchased second-hand and midified it myself. But since my keyboards all have USB outputs and are conncted to powered USB-hubs I also needed a MIDI-to-USB conversion cable. I purchased the conversion cable, like the midifcation hardware, from gino-midi. It took me one afternoon to do the midifications and all worked directly. But indeed the conversion cable I use, is also a Roland UM-One.

by FredM
Jan 8, 2019 09:48 AM

RE: URGENT HELP WITH MIDIWOKRS PEDALS

The UM-ONE is mainly for low speed, configuring of midi devices. The midi interface that is pretty much obsolete proof is the MOTU Microlite. Has 5 I/O ports for expandabilty.

by SchantzPlayer
Jan 8, 2019 01:43 PM

RE: URGENT HELP WITH MIDIWOKRS PEDALS

An opto-isolator (coupling signal by light) is missing in cheap interfaces, instead of that, there are some resistors for direct coupling, which usually does not work. You can get the interface HiFing in Ebay for about $10, with opto-isolator inside which works perfectly.

by rmanzanog
Jan 10, 2019 06:16 PM

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