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Code61 sustain pedal on zone channels

I am borrowing a Code61 from a friend as a tryout.
In my usual setup on my Axiom Mk 1 I run a different midi channel from each zone and have sustain active on each zone/midi channel.
After reading the manual and trying to achieve the same result with the Code 61 I am left believing that you can only have sustain on one midi channel at a time.

If anyone can tell me how to achieve sustain simultaneously on each of the four midi channels assigned to my four zones I would be very grateful.

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  • Corey S (Official Rep) June 29, 2016 17:14
    Hi Cam,

    Thanks for posting.

    The sustain pedal is only assignable to one channel at a time, including just the Global channel, or a specific zone. If set to a zone, it will follow any changes made to that zone's MIDI channel, but it will not switch when you switch to a different zone.

    Setting the sustain pedal to the global channel is the most versatile option because it's easy to change the global channel on the fly. Just hold down Channel and press the up or down arrows.

    Let me know if you have more questions!
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    Thanks for the reply Corey.
    As feedback.... Surely this is a serious deficiency in the capability of this keyboard.
    Given that the zone feature allows simultaneous output on 4 midi channels to different instruments, it would be great to have the option of sending sustain messages to all of those instruments.
    This rules the code61 out as an upgrade option for me.
    Again, thanks for the quick reply!
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    For the next firmware update M-Audio should consider an option to
    - set multiple MIDI-Channels for the sustain pedal
    - or sending sustain messages for all active MIDI-Channels

    Because when I split the Keyboard into multiple zones I usually need systain in more than one zone.

    Sometimes I believe the developers never used a Code by themselves...

    Thanks,
    Reka
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    I use the following workaround:

    For Mac there is a freeware software called MidiPipe. With this tool you can hijack the midi input from code, modify it and send it out to your DAW.
    In this tool there is a MessageConverter that can convert a midi message to another midi message. I defined to convert the control change (64) message (which is the sustain message) to a control change (64) message and checking the options "duplicate original message" and "set channel to xy".

    Now, when my code sends a sustain message on midi channel 1, I have a second sustain message on midi channel xy. For example, xy is 2.

    This is a very rough workaround that works when I split the keyboard into two zones with MIDI channels 1 and 2. But it is very unflexible, because when changing MIDI channels I hafe to change the MidiPipe.
    So, an appropriate firmware update for the code would be nice ;)
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  • Thanks for your reply Reka. This is the same option I have suggested to my friend who owns the Code61, though she is on PC so would use MidiOX.
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