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Steve DeMont

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  1. I purchased Korg's NanoKontrol2 to use with Cakewalk CdB as a simple control surface for recording my practice sessions. Basically, I got tired of using my mouse and keyboard to control the application's faders and transport controls. After a few missteps at getting the controller to sync up with Cakewalk, I finally got it to work as designed. And I gotta say, this controller works quite well due to it's simplicity. First, I did a lot of research around control surfaces, MIDI controllers, Mackie controllers, and how they can be integrated into your workflow with ACT, AZ, CdB's General MIDI controller, Mackie. We're talking hours and hours and hours. My baseline was trying to get my M-Audio Oxygen 61 mkIV to work as a controller. It took even more hours to figure out how to map it with ACT (AZ was a bit too complicated) to get it to work. I ended up using the MIDI Learn function by right-clicking whatever fader, button, rotary to enable the Remote function. That worked well enough. I swapped out the Pan control for Gain, and even got the master fader to work without much hassle. The only thing about the Oxygen 61 is that it takes up a lot of desktop space. That's why, after a lot more research, I settled on the NanoKontrol2. It's small, simple to setup with the Mackie controller (I'm using msmcleod's Mackie controllers) once you update your PC to Windows 10 S1H2. Here's a run down of my process for getting the NanoKontrol2 to sync with Cakewalk: 1. Update Windows 10 to S1H2 update. Don't even try to start using the controller without doing this first. If you don't, have a couple bottles of aspirin on hand. Be sure to restart your machine after the update is installed. Don't install the driver until after you've done this. 2. Download and install the most recent Korg MIDI driver for Windows 10: https://www.korg.com/us/support/download/product/1/285/ 3. Reboot your machine again so that the OS can configure and recognize the driver. 4. Once your machine is up and running, open the Unistall Korg USB-MIDI Device utility from the Windows Start menu. No. We're not going to uninstall the driver. We're going to make sure that the NanoKontrol2 is listed in the first 10 MIDI ports (MIDI0 through 9). If it's not, it's most likely listed in the next ten. If the controller doesn't show up in the first 10 slots, you'll have to remove one device from one of the slots. This video explains what I'm talking about: 5. After sorting out your MIDI devices in Step 4, hold down the Set and Record buttons and connect the USB cable to the controller. This puts the device in Sonar mode. The Stop button will be lit. 6. Launch Cakewalk, go to Edit-->Preferences-->Midi Devices and select NanoKontrol 2 for input and output. HIt Apply, but don't close the Preferences screen. 7. Go to Control Surfaces and add a new MIDI controller by clicking the funky yellow button in the upper right-hand side of the Preferences screen. Select Mackie Controller or MMcL Mackie Control #1, if you installed it. Associate the NanoKontrol2 with the controller's input/output ports and click OK. 8. Create a new project and insert a new track or two or three or whatever. Test the controller on whatever track you want. If you want to use the Master bus, hold down the Cycle button and press the right Track button. To go back to a track, hold down Cycle and press the left Track button. There you go. Keep in mind that my needs are simple as I'm just recording practice sessions and not doing much in the way of production. At some point I'll figure out how to control T-Racks5 plugins and the like as well as VSTi. But that's for a later day. I'll probably get another NanoKontrol2 for that purpose. If you have feedback, go ahead and send them my way. Cheers, Steve
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