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MIDI input on the Akai professional Force

Hello, I'm trying to control the drum parts of my Force using Roland td6 V-Drums. It is a traditional midi out plug (not usb) I'm using the included midi adapters into the Force's "midi in" jack and am having no luck getting the force to respond to my v-drums at all. As a test I tried using my Korg EMX-1 as a controller through the same setup and it won't respond it the EMX-1 either. Reading another thread on here it made it sound like the force only receives USB midi? If so than what is the purpose of the "midi in" jack and adapters. Thank you in advance for any tips. I'd really love to be able to live drum out some beats.
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  • Hey Joe,

    Thanks for posting!

    The Force can receive MIDI data over the MIDI DIN input. Are you trying to trigger a Drum Track in the Step Sequencer view? If so, you may not be sending the correct MIDI values. I suggest opening the Force's MIDI Input Monitor to see if it is receiving any MIDI from the Roland unit first. To do this, open the Menu and tap the MIDI In/Out icon, found at the top of the display represented by two vertically stacked squares.

    If you are receiving MIDI data, you will only need to reconfigure the MIDI data values sent from the Roland unit. Here are the corresponding values for the Force's 4 by 4 pad layout in the Step Sequencer (bottom left quadrant):



    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.
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  • Eliza, thank you for your help. It does not seem to be getting a midi signal through the MIDI DIN input. I've looked at the MIDI input monitor like you suggested and it is not receiving any signal. I've tried three devices now, the Roland td6v V-drums, The Korg Emx-1 and also a Korg K-25 25 key MIDI keyboard. The USB midi input seems to be working just fine for my Korg micro key 37, so it's just the MIDI DIN input I'm having the problems with. I've also tried switching to the other included MIDI adapter that came package with my Force, as well as trying an additional adapter I've used previously with a Korg electribe 2 (I no longer own this so I couldn't test it). I'm starting to wonder if there might be something defective with MIDI DIN input on my force. I'm hoping you have some ideas for me though. I'm really loving the Force otherwise. Thank you!
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  • Hey Joe,

    I'm sorry to hear that! From your description it does sound like there may be an internal issue with the MIDI port. There is one thing that I have experienced before that disabled the MIDI DIN port. If you connect a MIDI DIN cable and USB cable while the Force is powered off, when you power it on the MIDI In port is disabled. You can reset this issue by unplugging all external MIDI devices and rebooting the Force. Once powered on again, first connect the MIDI DIN cable then the USB device.

    I'm sending you an email with my direct contact. Follow up with me over email and we will take a look at the remaining options if this does not work.

    Let me know if you have any questions!
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  • Do you have to create a midi track before it will receive external midi?
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  • Eliza!!!!! That worked! Plugging the midi in after the unit was on totally fixed it!!! My daughter is drumming away as I type. Thank you so much for all your help, I was seriously dreading having to send it away for repair. This adds so much functionality for both the force and my v-drums. Thank you!!!!!!
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