Realize your live production vision with Playback! With a MultiTracks Cloud subscription, you can add MIDI Cues to any catalog or cloud song and send them out of any tier of Playback to control lyrics lights, and anything else that receives MIDI information.
What are MIDI Cues?
Each MIDI Cue includes a specific MIDI message, which can be used to communicate an action to any software that receives MIDI Notes, Control Changes, or Program Changes. Each type of MIDI message has different uses:
Notes are the most common type of MIDI message in live performances and are used to change lyric slides, change lighting scenes, control software instruments, and more. A MIDI Note message includes a Note Value, Octave, Velocity, and Description.
Control Change Messages are used to perform actions like change settings in software instruments, switch keyboard sounds, or control faders on a soundboard. A Control Change message includes a CC# value, and the intensity of that value.
Program Change Messages are commonly used to change patches in music hardware such as keyboards, guitar gear, and Kemper devices. A Program Change message simply includes the Program number for a destination to change to.
Make sure and figure out what actions in your software you want Playback to control before getting started.
For Playback to successfully send MIDI Cues to other devices, you need to make sure they are all on the same network. Watch the above tutorials to learn how to do this.
If you have an iConnectivity PlayAudio12, you can use the Ethernet MIDI port located on the device to connect Playback directly to the computer running your production software or a shared network switch/router.
If not, you can purchase a couple inexpensive dongles to make the connection:
Head to your account overview online, and navigate to your Library on the sidebar. There you will find every song you have ever purchased, rented, or uploaded. See which songs have Tracks, charts, or MIDI resources with the 3 icons to the right of each song cell.
Click on the song you'd like to upload MIDI Cues to and navigate to the MIDI tab. Here you can choose between 8 MIDI Buses, specifically named based on the most common things that MIDI is used to control in the worship environment. These buses are individually routable to available ports within Playback.
After choosing a bus to upload MIDI Cues to, you can either upload an already built .mid file that will auto-populate included MIDI Cues, or create one cue at a time. Use the dropdown "Add Cue" button to choose between adding a Note, CC (Control Change), or PC (Program Change) cue. Then fill out the necessary information before adding another cue or saving changes.
When you have added every MIDI note you wish to attach to a given song, hit save and open the song in Playback.
For RehearsalMix customers, add MIDI Cues in real-time while listening to the original song with the RehearsalMix player.
When a song including MIDI is loaded in Playback, you will see the cues represented by small triangle icons on the waveform timeline.
Head to the MIDI tab in settings to establish your MIDI port routing. Choose from all available connected ports and then choose which MIDI channel to send to. The Network Session can be used as a port as well, to send MIDI directly to an apple computer’s CoreMIDI network sessions and routed into relevant software.
ProPresenter users: each song in your setlist can automatically send out two notes (F-1 and F#-1) through the Lyrics bus that are specifically designed to switch ProPresenter to the correct playlist and Playlist item of the song being played.