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Connecting your pad controller.

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


Select your instrument
Select your instrument.

First, make sure you have PADS selected as your instrument in Melodics. Click the ‘switch instrument’ button in the top left to switch to pads.

Here is a list of supported devices which do not need mapping. Just plug in and play. Go to the settings tab and select your device from the ‘selected device’ dropdown menu.

Mapping your instrument

If your pad controller is not on our supported devices list or is not appearing in the ‘selected device’ dropdown menu, you’ll need to create a manual mapping. Hit the ‘map your controller’ button in settings. Follow the instructions on screen: choose the layout of your pads and then map each pad sequentially.


Melodics can't see my pad controller
Melodics can’t see my pad controller.

Does Melodics say it couldn’t find a connected MIDI pad controller? Try the following.

Some pad controllers will need specific drivers to be installed. Check the manufacturer’s website for the latest drivers and updates.


My pad controller is connected but it’s not triggering in lessons.

If your pad controller is selected in the ‘selected device’ dropdown menu but isn’t triggering notes when you play a lesson, try the following.

To check if your device is sending MIDI, you can download MIDI Monitor (MacOS) or MIDI-OX (Windows). Install this, open the application, and hit a few pads to see if any notes are being registered.

Can you hear the metronome and backing track? Go to the settings tab and click the ‘play test audio’ button. If you can’t hear anything, make sure you have your audio output device selected in the settings tab and your volume turned up. Check out our audio setup guide for more information.


My pad controller is triggering the wrong pads.

If your pad controller is triggering the wrong pads in Melodics, it’s most likely because your pad controller’s MIDI settings have been changed. Try factory resetting your pad controller or create a manual mapping using the ‘map your controller’ button.


My pads aren’t lighting up.

For supported pad controllers, pads will light up while playing a lesson. If your pads are not lighting up, hit the ‘revert all mappings’ button to revert back to our default mapping for your controller.


Hardware guides.

Some pad controllers may need additional setup. Please check the following hardware guides.


If you’re still having trouble connecting your pad controller, get in touch with us and we can help.

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