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Sync external device (groovebox) with Ableton Live

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Sync external device (groovebox) with Ableton Live

Post by gujuvibes » Fri May 26, 2006 3:14 am

Hi all,

This is my first on this forum, I was not able to find the answer I wanted by searching through this forum so here I am. I would like to apologize ahead of time on my knowledge on midi, and also if this topic has been covered before. But here is my situation, I have an MC-307 (Roland Groove Box) which I would like it to be the Master sync and control tempo changes of ableton live from this device. But I only need the clock messages to be transmitted to Ableton Live and would somehow like to block/filter the stop,start and continue midi message being sent to Live. Would this be possible with MT, or for that matter would anyone know if I am able to this?

Thanks in advance!

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Post by florian » Fri May 26, 2006 9:33 am


this should be fairly simple with Midi Translator:

  • install Midi Yoke
  • select the Groove Box as MIDI input
  • select Yoke1 as MIDI Output
  • in the options, select "Midi Time Code"
  • in the options, de-select "Midi Thru"
  • create Translators to pass on the sequencer control messages:
    Translator 1: "Song Position Pointer":
    Incoming: F2 pp qq
    Outgoing: F2 pp qq
    Translator 2: "Song Select"
    Incoming: F3 pp
    Outgoing: F3 pp
    Translator 3: "Clock"
    Incoming: F8
    Outgoing: F8
    Translator 4: "Tick"
    Incoming: F9
    Outgoing: F9
    Translator 5: "Start"
    Incoming: FA
    Outgoing: FA
    Translator 6: "Stop"
    Incoming: FC
    Outgoing: FC
    Translator 7: "Continue"
    Incoming: FB
    Outgoing: FB

    Everything else is filtered out.
  • Optionally, you can make sure to not pass on remaining messages:
    Translator 8: Remove 2-byte messages
    Incoming: pp qq
    Outgoing: (none)
    Translator 9: Remove 3-byte messages
    Incoming: pp qq rr
    Outgoing: (none)
  • select Yoke1 as MIDI input
Now it should work!

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