Sysex Librarian

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It’s possible for you to set up the Impact LX to control Pro Tools using Impact LX’s generic MIDI controller capabilities.

Sysex Librarian Mac Os X

Sysex

To make it easier, we have created a simple setup which will program your Impact LX so you don’t have to. The following guide will have you up and running in no time.

A MIDI SysEx Librarian is typically a bare-bones software application designed to send and receive simple MIDI files. The most commonly used librarians are: WINDOWS: MIDI OX; Bome's Send Sysex; MAC: Snoize SysEx Librarian. Most MIDI sequencers (e.g. Cubase, Sonar, Logic, DP, ProTools) also have built-in MIDI/SysEx librarian functionality. Syx-Lib lets you send and receive system exclusive (or simply SysEx) messages to and from class-compliant. USB MIDI devices. Simply select a file containing SysEx data to send to a connected. Sound Quest has been creating and selling editor/librarian software for over 25 years. It has also developed and/or licensed software to the top three synthesizer manufacturers as well major hardware manufacturers including: Korg, Yamaha, Roland, Alesis, Akai, Line 6, M-Audio, and TC-Electronic. SysEx Librarian by ToneTweak is a Standalone Application. It functions as a Standalone Application. Plug-in, App & Soundware Format (s).

Before we can do anything you’ll need to download one of the following:
  • ImpactLX_ProTools_v1.0.zip – for Impact LX49, LX61 and LX88
  • ImpactLX25_PT_templatev1.0.zip – for Impact LX25

Note: This template will only work in Pro Tools 8.0 and above.

Once the download is complete, unzip and locate the ‘ImpactLX_PT_templatev1.0.syx’ file. This .syx file needs to be transmitted to your Impact LX controller and to do that you’ll need to download one of the following sysex tools:
  • Mac OS X: Sysex Librarian (Image 1)
  • Windows: Send SX (Image 2)
Next you’ll need to open your Sysex tool of choice and transmit the data to the Impact LX controller. Below is an example of how it’s done using Sysex Librarian:
  • Drag the file ‘ImpactLX_PT_templatev1.0.syx’ into the main window.
  • Choose ‘Port 1’ as the destination (Image 1).
  • Click ‘Play’.
During the transfer process the display on your Impact LX will read ‘SYS’.Now it’s time to launch Pro Tools. With Pro Tools open go to the ‘Setup’ menu and select ‘Peripherals’, as shown in Image 3.In the Peripherals menu, go to the ‘MIDI Controllers’ tab, then configure the following settings:

Sysex Librarian Windows

  • Type: ‘M-Audio Keyboard’
  • Receive From:‘Impact LX Port 1’ in OSX‘IMPACT LX [Emulated]’ in Windows
  • Send To:‘Impact LX Port 1’ in OSX‘IMPACT LX [Emulated]’ in Windows.
  • Click ‘OK’.
If everything is configured correctly, you should see the Impact LX’s MIDI ports configured as shown in Image 4.Now your Impact LX is configured in Pro Tools.

Image 1) SysEx Librarian

Image 1) SysEx Librarian

Image 2) Send SX

Image 2) Send SX

Image 3) Peripherals…

Image 3) Setup > Peripherals…

Image 4) Peripherals

Image 4) Peripherals setup

Transport ButtonsThe Impact LX’s transport buttons perform the following functions:

ButtonFunction
LoopUsed in conjunction with other buttons to activate loop functions
<<Rewind
>>Fast Forward
StopStop playback
PlayStart playback
RecordArm the transport for recording

The ‘Loop’ button provides additional options and gives access to the following functions:

ButtonsFunction
Loop + PlayLoop Playback
Loop + RecordLoop Record
Loop + StopUndo
Loop + RWGo to start
Loop + FFGo to end

Note: The loop button has no function when pressed by itself.


New Preset Configuration
The sysex update you transmitted to the Impact LX not only programmed the transport buttons but also reprogramed the 5 internal presets. To move through these presets hold both transpose buttons down and then click through the options till you see ‘PRE’ on the LX display. Now hit the ‘Preset’ button and you should be able to scroll though presets 1-5 using the transpose buttons. More information on this can be found on page 12 of the user guide.

  • Preset 1 = Learn Friendly
  • Preset 2 = GM Mixer 1-8
  • Preset 3 = GM Mixer 9-16
  • Preset 4 = GM Instrument Preset
  • Preset 5 = Pro Tools Mixer

This is significant because you will be using the presets for different purposes.

Controlling the Mixer (Image 5)
To control the Pro Tools mixer, first select preset 5. Now choose Pad Map 3 by holding down ‘Shift/Mute’ + the pad labeled ‘Pad Map3’ (page 18 in the user guide). The pads will now also function as important control buttons. Finally press the ‘Preset’ button.

Sysex Librarian

Your Impact LX will now control the following parameters:

Sysex
  • Faders 1-8 control Channel Volume in banks of 8
  • Buttons 1-8 (below faders) control Channel mute and Record Arm (use button 9 to toggle between Mute and Record Arm) in banks of 8
  • The pads can be used to change Track, Bank and control Mute/Solo.
  • Pad 1 and 2 – Track-/+.
  • Pad 3 and 4 – Bank-/+.
  • Pad 5 – Mute selected track.
  • Pad 6 – Solo Selected track.
Sysex Librarian

Controlling Virtual Instruments
To work with virtual instruments recall Preset 4 “GM” using the transpose buttons. Most of the AIR instruments bundled with Pro Tools will respond to the controls when using this preset. Some plugins allow you to MIDI “learn” parameters, such as the included Xpand. You can use the read-only ‘Mixer’ and ‘Inst’ presets for that purpose or of course preset 1 which has been set up to not conflict with the other presets.

Try loading Xpand, then right-click/Cmd + click on a parameter and select the learn menu. Xpand is multi-timbral meaning it can play more than one sound at a time. If you use Xpand this way, use presets 2 and 3 to control volume and pan for each channel.

Sysex Librarian

That’s it for setting up the Impact LX with Pro Tools. If you get stuck on any of the above steps please refer back to the printed user guide.

Have fun experimenting!

Image 5) Overview

Image 5) Impact LX overview