After a month of back and forth I’ve finally got the K-Mix working. Kudos to Evan from K.M.I. for his technical support. Go buy his awesome Max For Live device.
So now the box looks like this:
I’m still using the Macbook to run the Axoloti editor for now but hoping I won’t need it during gigs.
The Pad Kontrol is a great cheap Gumtree pickup that is perfect as a controller for the Axoloti as I can:
- run it directly from the Axoloti USB port – no additional power supply or MIDI leads necessary;
- edit MIDI CC and Note values on the fly for encoders and pads;
- setup an X/Y controller for unique parameter morphing (X/Y also has an interesting roll function);
- send program change values which curiously not many new MIDI controllers do (K-Mix included).
The fact that it sends PGM values means I can ditch the Macbook (or use it for visuals) once I work out a reliable way of creating patch-banks in the Axoloti (it’s there – just not 100% trustworthy yet).
At the moment the routing goes like this:
Inputs to K-Mix
- 1 = SM58
- 2 = System-1m
- 3/4 = Nord Modular
- 5/6 = Axoloti
- 7/8 = Aira FX
Outputs from K-Mix
- 1/2 = Main Outs to Desk
- 3/4 = to Aira FX
- 5/6 = to Nord Modular
- 7/8 = to Axoloti
So plenty of scope for interesting routing – and then there is the modulation routing with the Quad LFO and Sys-1m.
My current direction is towards a series of improvisations with the Axoloti environment as a reloadable patching frame-work sending MIDI to the other synths. These will be things I can setup and perform – producing multiple versions from the same template.
The first of these improvisations is at the start of this post.
Below is an improvisation with Joe using the setup (sans the K-Mix).