Disable Fireworks Screensaver in Launchpad Mini

The Launchpad Mini has a “feature” where if it is receiving power over the USB connection, but the computer is off, it will display a kaleidoscopic light pattern on the pads. I’ve seen this variously referred to as Fireworks mode, Vegas mode, or most ironically, Sleep mode.

According to Novation tech support, the solution to this is either to unplug the Mini, or edit your machine’s BIOS to stop it providing power to the USB devices when turned off, neither of which seemed very satisfactory to me, but in the absence of any other solution, I’ve been unplugging it after each shutdown.

Eventually I got jack of this, so I did a bit of digging around and found a partial solution. (more…)

Mapping a MIDI Controller to Reaper’s Transport Controls

Reaper constantly impresses me with how flexible and customisable it is. A simple example is its support for Actions. Pretty much every command you can invoke in the GUI (and a bunch more that you can’t) are defined as Actions. One of the nice things you can do with Actions is easily map them to hardware buttons on a MIDI controller (and on your computer keyboard as well).

As an example, my Axiom 25 has hardware Transport Controls, like this:

To map these to the Reaper Transport Controls is pretty straight-forward: (more…)

Configuring Reaper with the BCF2000

As part of my change from using Ableton Live to Reaper, last night it was time to tackle the MIDI configuration. The basic setup is:

  1. Axiom 25 connected via USB.
  2. BCF2000 connected via USB.
  3. FCB1010 and various bits of outboard gear (Midiverbs, SPX90’s, etc) connected via the MIDI Out/Thru and MIDI In of the BCF2000.

After a bit of time crawling around on the floor under my desk, I got all the above physically hooked up.

The Axiom 25 and the FCB1010/Outboard gear were very straightforward to setup in Reaper. Go to Options | Preferences | Audio | MIDI Devices and enable the Axiom for Input and the FCB1010/Outboard for Input and Output. Done.

The BCF2000 though was proving tricky to use in MIDI mode. I spent a bunch of time reading the mega-thread here and to be honest most options were sounding like they involved too much gaffer tape and fencing wire. (more…)