Korg PadKontrol - wrong MIDI notes, configuration, issues and solutions
[note: this post can also be found in the old Ableton forum, I just moved it here; This is not exactly a question, but is more of a forum post that I hope will help other people]
Recently i installed Ableton Live 9, whilst still maintaining Live 8, and I ran into problems with MIDI notes sent by my Korg PadKontrol.
Since the PadKontrol manuals are absolutely terrible for troubleshooting, I decided to write a post about this technical issue so that if anyone across the same problem, they might be able to solve it as well - bearing in mind that no two setups are alike, of course.
I found that Live 9 read my Pad Kontrol notes incorrectly (i.e., the top row would play the same notes as the 4th, lower row). Strange, because Live 8 still read the MIDI messages correctly.
This was driving me nuts, but since PadKontrol was working fine with Live 8, I suspected that I probably hadn't installed the PadKontrol driver correctly.
In my particular case, my setup was:
MacBook Pro, 2.2 GHz, 4GB RAM
MOTU Ultralite MK3
And this was the solution that worked for me:
1 - reinstalled drivers (downloaded from Korg site)
2 - downloaded PadKontrol factory presets
3 - since I had not backed up my PadKontrol settings, I re-edited some stuff through the PadKontrol editor software (i.e., MIDI notes, Cc messages, etc)
note that for the editor to work correctly, you must assign MIDI preferences like so:
Midi in: padKontrol 1 Port A
Midi out: padKontrol 1 CTRL
this is crucial, because you will not be able to load or export PadKontrol settings if the Port connections are not correct
4 - After the changes, the PadKontrol was working correctly in both Live 8 and Live 9
Also of note: PadKontrol works one octave higher - that is, in order to play notes C1 to D#2 (standard Live DrumKit playing setting) you must configure the notes as C2 - D#3; something to do with the MIDI standard used by Korg, apparently.
This KVR forum link explains these (and other) issues in detail, and is helpful even if a bit outdated
Anyway, from what I've read in KVR and other forums, this problem might also occur even if you do not have a dual Live installation to begin with. I assume that if you follow these steps, you'll solve the problem, but no two systems are 100% alike.
Anyone else had a similar problem? If so, feel free to share your experience, it's possible that I'm missing something in my attempt at troubleshooting!
Hope this is of use for anyone grappling with this annoyance. Feel free to post comments and write about different variations of this problem, or other PadKontrol issues.
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