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Akai midimix overlay sheet

I wondered if there was a way to get a 1:1 akai midimix interface diagramm ? I am using this to control many VSTs, and it would have been nice to put directly the correspondance between knobs, buttons and the controlled parts.
I tried to do it myself, but I'm not a CAO expert, so... It would be really nice to get it directly from the conceptors !
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  • Hey Marc,

    Thanks for posting!

    The MIDImix has editor software that can be used to load the current preset and design/assign custom presets. You can download that here:

    Akai MIDImix Downloads

    The editor software will show the MIDI CC values for each parameter as well as the channel to which they are sending data and a host of other options.

    The MIDImix knowledge base contains articles that will help you set it up in specific DAW environments as well as a guide for using the editor. You can also access the User Guide within the editor software itself by selecting Help > Open User Guide.

    I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions.
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    Thank you for this answer Nick.

    I use the editor software, that's not the problem here. Let's get factual :

    - I use a VST (Xils-Lab PolyKB III as an example), with plenty of remotely-usable controls.
    - I mapped many knobs and buttons to the midimix, and it performs perfectly.
    - The only problem is to get it clear to read on the midimix itself.

    l just wanted to get a sheet of paper to put on the midimix, to write on it which parameters were currently associated with each control. It would have been far more instinctive to work with. Homemade one is possible, but tedious and difficult to get clean.
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  • Hey Marc,

    I apologize, I don't think I understood your original question - you're looking for a physical overlay that you can print, cut, and put onto the MIDImix for labeling purposes? There is no file available that I could provide that will serve this purpose.

    I certainly see the usefulness in this idea though! Maybe there is an alternate solution. Below is a link to the MIDImix's user manual:

    Akai MIDImix User Manual

    If you're feeling crafty and want to try and fashion an overlay yourself, the Features diagram on page 5 is a front-facing illustration of the device. That should help you get the proportions down. If you're feeling particularly ambitious and have access to something like a CNC machine, you could even use it to design a template and route it out of a material that is a little more resilient than paper.

    In my own experience with synthesizers and guitar pedals, I've relied on good old masking tape for labeling my parameters - not the most elegant solution but it always worked for me!
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  • I looked at these solutions earlier. I extracted the picture from the manual and simplified it, the biggest remaining problem still being to get an exact sized printing. And yes also, I've been looking for plastic cutting services on the net, but I'll only try it when I will be sure to have a correct file to send.

    Thank you again for all your ideas. If you wish and If I manage to get the proper file, maybe could I share it ?
    • I'm just working on my own version of an overlay sheet. I extracted the image from the manual and cleaned it up in Illustrator. My first test seems alright, but it was hard to cut out nice round holes, so I've now ordered a knife for circular cutting.

      So when I'm pleased with the overlay I will print out the different layouts I will use, laminate them and then cut out the knob holes and buttons.

      I can mail you a PDF if you want?
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    Thank you very much Bobo, I'm interested by you work, sure.

    I did roughly the same operation (not owning Illustrator, I just used Paint .Net to do so), bought a knife to cut the round holes, and with lots of patience I got a usable overlay sheet, but the two superiors knobs arrays seem to be too high by a millimeter or less.
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  • Mine fitted perfectly, but that's is why I used Illustrator, to get the proper measurments correct. I'm thinking of making it as an editable PDF so you can type in the different functions before you print it.

    But I need to get the circular cutting knife I ordered so I can do some more test prints and make sure everything is correct. This is the knife I bought, should arrive in a day or 2:
    http://www.pandurohobby.se/ArticleIma...

    Do you like your own logo on the overlays as well? Thinking of making a placeholder for a picture so one can change pictures in the PDF :)

    Here is the blank overlay, try it and get back to me if there is any problems with it (link works for a week):
    https://file.town/uploaded/xwafoouo7g...
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  • Yes, please upload the file. I would love to have a MIDIMix overlay!
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  • Hi everybody,

    After many tries, I finally decided to build a VST that would do the job and a few more : it gives the hability to play with 8 logical controllers, and it's up to you to define the CC/Channel for each and every knob, as well as the name displayed (an empty name means the control won't be displayed and will be inactive for that display).

    It's a bit special to insert in daw (you have to master MIDI chaining in your daw to use it), but it works. I use a midimix profile sending only CC, not notes on the buttons (easy to set up in Midimix utility), and of course it's a bit long to set up (as are many controllers when you want to tie it up to VSTs). It can save and load input and output profiles independently... Well, I-ve been playing with it in sound creation with some pretty complex VST, and I find it really nice, giving back the feeling to get the sounds control right at your fingertips.

    If you're interested, let me know, I'll try to find a way to upload it and to give every necessary explanations to get it working...

    I built it using JUCE (ROLI's framework), and Visual C++.
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