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Connecting your pad controller.

Most MIDI pad controllers should work fine with Melodics in their default setting. If your controller isn’t working correctly, or we can’t see it, try the following.


Default Connection

First, make sure you have Pads selected as your instrument in the top left corner next to the ‘Switch Instrument’ button.

Most pad controllers will work with Melodics. It’s best to use our default mappings, as these are designed and tested to work with Melodics. Check to see if your controller is on our supported devices list.

Check the Settings menu first, your device should appear under the “Connected hardware” dropdown menu.

Manual Connection

If Melodics doesn’t automatically recognise your device then you’ll need to manually map it:

  1. In the Settings screen, select ‘Map your controller’ from the right hand side.
  2. Choose the appropriate layout for your controller.
  3. First hit any pad.
  4. Then hit each pad in order from the bottom left.

Unfortunately pad lighting won’t work with manual mappings. If your controller is on our supported devices list, hit the ‘Revert all mappings’ button and reselect your controller from the dropdown menu to go back to the default mapping.

Connection Issues?

If Melodics doesn’t register any of your inputs, try connecting it through a different USB port.

If you have another USB cable, try using this instead.

If you’re using a USB hub, try connecting directly to your computer.

You might also want to check that your device isn’t currently being used in another audio application or DAW. If you have multiple MIDI devices connected at the same time, try disconnecting these to check if there is a conflict.

Drivers & Firmware

Check that you have the latest drivers and firmware updates installed for your device. Check the manufacturer’s website for the latest drivers and updates.

Make sure you restart your computer once installed before reopening Melodics.

MIDI Settings

Check your device is sending MIDI via Channel 1. (You may need to check out your manual to find out how to do this). Many controllers will have an editor application that will allow you to change MIDI channels and also apply custom mappings.

To check if your device is actually sending MIDI, you can either download MIDI Monitor (for Mac), or MIDI-OX (Windows). Install this, open the application and hit a few pads to see if any notes are being registered – you should also see the MIDI channel here.

If all else fails, it is worth trying resetting your controller to its default settings.

Hardware Guides

Novation – The Novation LaunchPad Pro will need to be put in ‘Live mode’. Check out this guide for more information.

Native Instruments – To get full functionality out of your Maschine including transport controls, make sure you download the appropriate Controller Editor template here.

If you’re still having trouble connecting your pads, get in touch with us and we can help!

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