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CODE 49 - Can I turn off the candy-looking lights?

Hi guys, happy with the Code 49!

I tried an AKAI MPK249, Komplete 61, Alesis Q49, M-Audio Oxygen 49, Novation Impulse, Novation LaunchKey, and I'm probably forgetting a few. Most keybeds fight against your fingers, too much resistance, which becomes apparent when you play chords.

So Code 49 check most boxes for me as a keyboard player. BUT - those candy lights are a bit too much. It's worse at night, I see little colored dots in the air... ;)

How can I turn them off? I could not find anything online, or in the manuals for this.

Thanks!

Andre
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    Hi André,

    You can turn off them, but you'll must do this task individually, from Preset Editor software, by changing COLOR1 value ("Off", first idem from droplist).

    No way to change brightness, too (only one color from 1~6, or Off=0). No way to turn all off by single operation.

    However, you can't turn off some of them: like:
    - the five mode buttons (FADER MODE, ENCODER MODE, BUTTON MODE, X MODE and Y MODE).
    - the two banks buttons (white, by default) located between FADER MODE and BUTTON MODE.
    - at least one ZONE selection (1~4) button always remains turned on (orange).
    - Of course, you'll can't turn off the Code's display.

    Dominique

    In French language: la nuit, mon Code 61 fait "discothèque" et éclaire bien mon appartement. :-) --- during night, my Code 61 looks as "night club" and illuminates my appartment lol

    EDIT: to turn off all 16 drum pads LEDs, you'll can do this trick:

    Step 1: - Press "EDIT" button to enter EDIT mode (EDIT button must be on!)
    Step 2: - Press the drum pad you'll want to turn its LED off.
    Step 3: - Press "SHIFT" and "COLOR" (first B-note from keybed) together.
    Step 4: - Type 0 by using keybed (second D-note from keybed).
    Step 5: - NOW DO THIS TRICK VERY QUICK: press "ENTER" (third C-note) then press next drum pad (just before the "EDIT" mode exits automatically).

    If "EDIT" button remains turned on, restart again at 4th step (entering 0).
    Otherwise, restart the full process at step 1.

    When completed, don't forget to save this "new preset" because you lost your changes if you switch to another preset then come back...
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  • Hey andrelefebvre,

    Thanks for posting!

    Dominique is correct, you can edit the colors assigned to the controls within the editor software. Use the following page to access the available downloads for the Code series:

    M-Audio Drivers & Software Updates Search

    I hope this helps you!
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  • Thank you, merci!

    Alternatively, I wouldn't mind just "dimming" the brightness. When you work with it one foot from your face and travel from it to the computer screen, after a while, you start seeing "things..." ;)

    A "dimming" function should be available for those of us who don't use too much of the whole color-coding (which I don't understand personally - yet).

    Merci Dominique! Ouin, boule de miroir au plafond? ;) Mirror ball?

    Cheers,

    Andre
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  • Is there a way to access the controller's inner settings via my PC in order to customize and create presets? Rather than using the controller's multiple buttons?
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    Yes of course! by using Preset Editor software, for Code 49, Windows version, grab it from here (it's free!):

    http://m-audio.com/support/download/s...

    Be sure you have lastest firmware installed on your Code 49, otherwise the Preset Editor may don't work.

    Code 49 FW updater v1.2.2 (Windows) here: http://m-audio.com/support/download/f...
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  • Bon, well, not sure how to "ENTER" the changes I make, but there is no immediate response. I click on a pad, select COLOR, turn all of the 4 colors to OFF. And then... I need to turn the power OFF, and then back ON, and now the pad is OFF but everything else is bright turquoise... LOL!

    Now the main preset I see in the LED screen is the name of the preset I created. A bit of getting use to, I'm sure. I will get back to it later on today. But yes, after the update, and using the Editor, it's much simpler to change colors...

    Merci!
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    In your case it's not mandatory to change all (four) color, only COLOR1 is sufficient.

    COLOR1 is always used for idle state for pad and button, except for "multi-state" (2, 3 or 4) pad/button, for example for cycling between multiple values.

    I'm suprising because my described process works, without any lag/delay...

    But it's more easy with Preset Editor! I suppose you've already updated your Code 49 and installed/tested the Preset Editor if I understand correctly your last reply.
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  • Yes, I did. Now back at it, thanks for the tip about the colors. I will reload the first preset I guess and start over... :)
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    OK, it's working! ALL pad colors are OFF, plus the lights under the faders too. It's much easier for my eyes now.

    What I needed to do was :

    1- Go through the process of assigning a color for each pad and light. Click each one of them to select them, and then assign a color.
    2- Select OFF for the first color ONLY, leave the rest alone.
    3- Then File/Save Preset, giving it a name that keeps the file extension ".Code49PresetEditor." So, in my case, I used "colors.Code49PresetEditor."
    4- Then, File/Send Preset and select SEND. This will activate the new Preset.

    Way to go! :)
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  • I'm using a specific preset for Melodics software: some of unused buttons (under faders) are turned off ;) used buttons work as HID mode (Melodics doesn't support MIDI CCs!)



    Of course it's more easy to do from Preset Editor...

    Happy now it works as expected!

    Dom.
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  • One more setting I'm trying to find: the sustain pedal. Can we set up the sensitivity? I'd like it to engage earlier than it does, I have to press at least 50% of the depth to initiate it. Can it be set to be gradually variable? I'd like it to engage at about 20%.

    Thanks Dominique! Where do you live?
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  • About sustain pedal, unfortunately you can't setup sensitivity, because it acts as simple "on/off" switch (on when pressed, off when released, but you can invert - this is named polarity). What model of sustain pedal are you using precisely? (mine is M-Audio SP-1 using it since February 2013). I'm using Code 61 MIDI controller since March 28th, my DAW is mainly REAPER (sometimes Ableton Live), I'm playing live performance (no production) only at home. Favorites virtual instruments are VPS Avenger and DUNE 2. Also I'm training about finger drumming (by using Melodics) as free user.

    About me, I'm living in France, at Chartres (100 kilometers west of Paris, Chartres is mainly known for its nice cathedral). I'm 53 years old, actually unemployed (my job is computers and networks). And you Andre?
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  • Hmmm... too bad. Well, it's the Code 49, so I'm sure there are limitations.

    I'm using this: https://www.long-mcquade.com/133/Keyb...

    I'm also noticing that the velocity feels strange, very obvious when I play piano samples. On the Code 49, the piano sounds harsh (Ivory II, I tried the German, the Yamaha and the Bosendorfer, all the same thing). When I use my 88 keys digital piano as a MIDI controller, it's much softer. I did adjust the velocity to 04 (adapting to strength). Weird. Did you ever notice that?

    I'm in western Canada, doing music from passion and for sanity (60). I was using Reaper till late fall, now using Mixcraft. I prefer the setup and interface is helpful for my workflow.

    Cheers!
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  • Apologizes in advance if TL:TR :-)

    The limitation you've mentionned isn't due to Code, but by the sustain pedal technology. Perhaps they're existing enhanced (and more expensive) sustain pedal brands/models who permit to set-up the course/gap (by mechanism like worm-and-nut) between "released" and "pressed" states, but honestly I don't know about these (existing?) brands/models.

    SP-1 and SP-2 (both by M-Audio) are decent sustain pedals: in fact, they're doing the job (really I'm enjoyed about my SP-1) but they remain "simple" sustain pedals, though. Sometimes I'm using it as "play/pause" remote (Ableton Live, Melodics).

    They're other existing pedals for hardware synths/MIDI crontrollers (as addon), like soft pedals and expression pedals (acting mainly on volume). M-Audio Code series supports sustain pedal and expression pedal (eg. M-Audio EXP-1), but soft pedal aren't supported.

    About keybed velocity, you've noticed you can set-up the velocity curve (I'm using default factory "VCrVC2" curve, it's perfect for my play), you'll can also set it from Preset Editor (from File > Global Settings menu). But be careful about Preset Editor: when you start the Preset Editor software, don't forget to retrieve settings first (File > Global Settings, "Get Settings" button) prior to edit any parameters (it's also true for any preset or RAM content) because "fresh" values in Preset Editor and into your Code 49 are surely totally different! keep in mind velocity curves (keybed, drum pads and encoders) are always defined as global setting (I mean: never as "per preset").

    Also, be careful about velocity curves defined in keyboard and... in software, sometimes they're risks of "conflicts" may giving strange behaviors! Decide if velocity is handled by your MIDI controller OR by your software, but never together!!! if you choose by software, set your Code 49 velocity curve number at "04" (VCrVC4) aka linear/proportial curve. But you've used this setting...

    Of course, I don't want to compare a 88-key digital piano and 49/61-key MIDI controller: mechanisms are totally different, same for build quality and used materials, and surely... the price. Also, I assume they're a huge difference between a pianist and a keyboardist. However, I appreciate the feeling about Code 61 keybed, but to be honest I never play 88-key!

    Before buying my Code 61 (I don't have other controller in my rig, except Lemur on iPad), I've tested many other keyboard models (in store at Paris), like Komplete Kontrol S61, Novation SL61 MkII, Novation Impulse 61, Akai Advance 61 and M-Audio Code 61. Honestly, Code 61 became quickly my favorite - Komplete S61 is excellent too, but I don't like Native Instruments "Komplete" dependance and its abusive price. Akai Advance keybed (and screen) are simply a joke (or shame), the only in "competition" was the Novation SL61MkII (but more expensive, don't like its Automap software).

    About pianos, I'm using Addictive Keys (XLN Audio) incl. Mark One library (electric piano) - and it is largely enough for my usage, and... for free (offered by Focusrite to their customers, because I'm using Saffire PRO 14 FireWire ASIO audio interface - connected to pair of M-Audio BX5-D2 studio monitors, also I'm enjoyed about them).

    Cheers!
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