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MAX49 - Integration with Logic

I've had the MAX 49 for about a year and haven't been able to use it because I need a step by step detailed manual for amateur keyboard players with little or no experience. I see there is a guide for connecting the MAX 49 to Logic Pro and I'm going to see if that will help me, but I'm also trying to use a Roland BK-7M as a backing module and it all just makes my head spin.

Perhaps I should just pack everything up and go jogging in the park. I've written and called Akai more than a few times and they only were able to refer me to the web page on the hook up for Logic Pro. But I need much more help than that.

I also noticed that one of the faders doesn't move when I scroll my finger across it. Is there a factory reset that will help this problem? In essence I feel like I'm up a creek without a paddle and my swimming ability is questionable.
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  • Hello William,

    Thanks for posting.

    The MAX49 is a very powerful and flexible MIDI controller. The number of ways it can integrate with virtually any DAW software (like Logic) and sound module makes it impossible to encapsulate step by step guides for all scenarios.

    What exactly are you trying to do? Feel free to describe what you need in functional or musical terms. (ex, I want record MIDI into Logic to play back on my Roland)

    I'd be happy to help!
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  • I'm trying to input jazz chord progressions in sequence and then slave the BK-7M as a back-up band to the progressions on the MAX 49. I'm not a good enough pianist to play in real time so I have to do it chord by chord. Then I'd like to play each jazz progression/song and have the BK-7M fill in the rest of the band while I comp on my guitar and sing(much to the dismay and horror of my 13 year old daughter.) I'm trying to do this all using Pro Logic 9 software.
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  • Most of that request would be completed through functions of the Roland, a little bit of Logic setup, but not a whole lot on the MAX49.

    As long as the MAX49 is connected before you open Logic, it will be automatically "recognized". Connect the MAX49 via USB and the Roland separately via USB separately.

    1) Launch Logic and start a new project.
    2) Add a new, External MIDI track. Logic will default this track to be called "GM Device 1"
    3) In the channel strip to the left, click the drop down arrow next to "Track - GM Device 1"



    4) You should be able to select the Roland as an available "Port". I'm not sure what it will be called (consult Roland documentation)
    5) Make sure this MIDI track is "armed" (the red "R" is highlighted)

    That's how you setup Logic to send it's MIDI to an external device, the Roland in this case. Now, there may be much easier ways to do this if the Roland itself has it's own software or plugin that can open within Logic. However, to get the "notes" of the MAX49 into Logic doesn't really require much setup.

    Let me know how it goes!
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