Hi, I’m shooting a very detailed video tutorial on the MIDI loopback as we speak! It will be beginner-friendly and should be out on sunday!
In the meanwhile, here is a quick summary :
- On the hardware side, you just have to plug a regular MIDI cable between the In and the Out
- Next you have to check a few things in the MIDI Config menu, you wanna make sure that you send and receive MIDI, it’s also a good idea to disable things you don’t use, especially MIDI Note Receive and Clock
Last thing is setting up your MIDI track. The idea is that you can control parameter within your pattern by using external Control Change (or CC) messages. These are standard MIDI data that allows you to modulate parameters from external gear. The Digitakt can send and receive these messages. By assigning your MIDI track’s LFO to a CC value and sending it back into the Digitakt, you get an extra LFO. You can get 8 extra LFOs this way (one per MIDI track). To set up your MIDI track, follow these steps :
Go to your MIDI track, go to SRC page then hold FUNC and press de encoder A. This will activate the MIDI track. By turning this same encoder, select the MIDI channel that you want to send data on. By default, track 1 is receiving on channel 1, track 2 on channel, etc. If you wanna control the audio track 1, select the MIDI channel 1.
Next, go to the AMP page, this is where you select the CC number. Almost every parameter of the Digitakt has a corresponding CC number that you need to use if you want to control it. You can find them on the page 71, 72 and 73 of the user manual (https://www.elektron.se/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Digitakt-User-Manual_ENG.pdf) For exemple, if you wanna control the Tune of the track 1, select the CC16 with your encoder A (you wanna look at the small number below the case, the names in the case are generic CC names that correspond to other machine)
Next, go to your FLTR page. This is where you set the value that you want to send to your parameters. Each of the 8 encoder will send data on the CC that you just selected. To activate the CC1 Value and control the Tune, hold FUNC and press the encoder A.
Lastly, you just have to assign the MIDI track LFO to this CC Value that you just activated. Go to the LFO page and select “CC1 Value”. Now the LFO is modulating the CC value and sending data to the Tune of your audio track 1! This incoming message will override the setting of your audio track.
Sometimes it doesn’t work right away, in this case just press the MIDI trig key to open up the way and the Digitakt will start listening to the CC.
I hope this is clear! Oh and just one thing, this is not 100% stable, the Digitakt will crash if you double-tap the STOP button or if you load a project (just unplug the MIDI cable when doing one of these).
This is a really cool trick and you can do a lot of other stuff with it, I will show a few ones in my video, here is my channel if you don’t want to miss it :
Anyway, have fun!