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Discussion about all things drum and percussion related - acoustic to electronic, live performance and recording.

 

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    • So….. resurrecting this for any other PolyBrute owners out there that might be interested. I’m still loving my PolyBrute nearly 3 years later, but (and this may be a big duh for some) one thing I didn’t anticipate is just how good a controller it also is.   I’ve been fascinated by, and still am, the Soundforce controllers and have been thinking about getting a few…. Or several… or all of them. For those unfamiliar with them, they are front end MIDI controllers for VSTis that mimic front panels of popular analog synths. Before taking the plunge on any of them, I decided to see how hard / practical / beneficial it would be to use my PB as a controller instead. In short, the PB works great and programming a VSTi seems much more natural doing it from a synth than doing so with a mouse. I’ve tested it with Arturia’s JP-8 & OP-Xa and U-He’s Repro 5 and Diva. Works great. You’ll need to go thru the MIDI Learn process for whatever softsynths you want to control, but, at least for the ones I tried, it was pretty quick & painless (once I figured out note #2 below!).   2 quick notes should you choose to join me down this rabbit hole…   1/ On the PolyBrute, assuming you’re using the PB Connect, make sure to have Local Control off (so that when you go to one of the other synth tracks you won’t hear the PB) and make sure that you click “disconnect” on PB Connect before changing tracks. Once you come back to the PB track, simply click “connect” and you’re back where you left off with your unsaved edits still in place.   2/ MIDI Learn does not work on the VST3 versions of the U-He plug-ins. You need to use the VST2 versions.   Tweak away!   greg
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