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Are the Pads supposed to change color on playback, on my MPD226? Because they do not.

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  • Not unless you send MIDI note on/off events that match what a pad is set for.

    The pads can light up when you are tapping them live. That behavior is set up in the MPD presets themselves.

    To light up otherwise, they need the respective MIDi event sent back into the MPD through one of its MIDI inputs. The pad needs a note on event on the same note and channel it is set for to change to its 'pressed or tapped' color, and a note off event to go back to its default or 'not pressed/tapped' color.

    Example:
    With Cubase (and many if not most other DAWs) you can set a second MIDI send on a track. The MIDI main going to your VSTi or hardware synth's input, and the 'MIDI aux (post) send' going to the MPD's input. In this case the MPD pads would light up when playing the track back...just like they did when you were playing/recording it.

    Example 2:
    Some DAWs or sequencers do not have a MIDI aux send on each track. If this is your case, check to see if it will allow you to split the output to more than one MIDI device at once. If it does, then you simply set one to your sound generating plugin or synth, and the other back to the MPD.

    Example 3:
    If you can't do either of the above, then clone/copy the track that you want the MPD to light up with, and set its output to the MPD's input. In this case, you'll need to remember that if you make any changes to your sounding track......to replace your 'light track' with the updated version.

    It's also possible to do some fancy stuff with sysex messages. Without having to try to mess directly with sysex by hand, just know that you can probably save entire presets via sysex. Individual presets are fairly small and take less than a second to load. They can be recorded directly onto any MIDI track in any DAW or sequencer that accepts sysex dumps (and isn't set to filter them out). Just be careful in such cases not to have more than one track trying to send stuff to the MPD at the same time if you like to store presets in them (mute the aux send when you want the MPD to sync up with a different track).

    Depending on your DAW or sequencer, this knowledge about sysex dumps could be useful in setting up different kinds of visual feedback relative to your workstation. I.E. Having a DAW auto send different presets that cause different lighting schemes and pad arrangements as tracks are armed (example: maybe a red base scheme for the Essentials plugin, a green based one for Groove Agent, Blue for Kontakt, etc.). The ability to do this would depend on your DAW or Sequencer, and if it has an open and advanced enough remote mapping system to make it do such things.
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  • I figured out how to do it and shared this on another post. Part of the reason i purchased this item is because i was expecting to get a light show from it as crazy as that sounds. For me i had to send the MIDI from the track that i played with the MPD226 and then i had to output it to the MPD226. However within Live, this alone isnt what gets the pads flashing, the last step you have to do to make the pads start flashing is to hit the "In" button on the track that you're sending the signal to.Then the pads start to light up as the music is being played back.
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  • Wow, im 3 years late on this lol. Im sure you've figured this out by now, but i'll leave my first post for anyone who's gotten any one of the MPD2 series drum pads.
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