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Viewing topic "QUICK SETUP GUIDE: Firewire/mLAN Windows"

Posted on: January 18, 2038 @ 07:14 PM
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Joined  07-30-2002
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Cubase AI4 / Motif XS Editor / Windows computer running XP

_ Make sure you get the New Motif XS Operating System version 1.12
_ Install “Cubase AI4” on your computer… get the latest update: Cubase AI4.5.2

Download and Install
_ Download and install the “Extensions for Steinberg” (v1.4.1)
_ “Studio Manager” (v2.3.0) should be installed on your computer.
_ The Motif XS Editor (v1.1.1) should be installed on your computer
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Download and install the Motif XS AI driver (v1.6.3):
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Connect via Firewire
_Make your Firewire connection between your Motif XS and your computer prior to powering up the units.
_Once you have made the connection you can power up. The AI driver icon will be in your System tray. If you do not have AUTO ON selected then you must turn the AI Driver ON manually, right click the AI DRIVER MANAGER and select ON.
(By selecting AUTO ON, the AI driver will start automatically each time you boot your computer. If you use this computer exclusively for music you may opt to select AUTO ON.)
_Set the Motif XS to MIDI IN/OUT = mLAN. Here’s how:
_Press [UTILITY]
_ Press [F5] CONTROL
_ Press [SF2] MIDI
_ Press [STORE] to write this to your Flash ROM

Launch Cubase AI4.5.2
_ During launch Cubase will detect the AI driver and ask if you want to use ASIO mLAN. Answer Yes.
_ Once Cubase opens click DEVICES
_ Under the “MIDI” folder highlight “MIDI PORT SETUP”
_ You should see your Motif XS: Example below uses a Motif XS7
_ Select only Motif XS as the “In ‘All Inputs’”

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_Under the “Remote Devices” folder highlight “Yamaha MOTIF XS”

If it does not appear click on the big “+” symbol in the upper left (below circled in red) and ADD the “Yamaha Motif XS” device.

_Set it to “MOTIF XS Remote” for both MIDI INPUT and MIDI OUTPUT

The mLAN16E2 is your audio interface, as well. Under the “VST Audio System” verify this selection (as you can see in this example the “ASIO mLAN” driver is selected). Your audio interface may be selected automatically, if you have AUTO ON set as your preference for the AI driver.

_ Click APPLY
_ Click OK

_ On the Cubase Toolbar click on DEVICES
_ Select STUDIO MANAGER (shown below).

This will launch the Studio Manager host application within Cubase.

_ Go to FILE > SETUP on the Studio Manager toolbar.

You want to “ADD” the “MOTIF XS” editor to your Workspace. There will be a list of Editors on the left side of the dialog box; {ADD} in the middle and your workspace on the right side of the dialog box (shown below).
_ Click APPLY
_ Click OK

This will place the Motif XS icon in your Studio Manager “Workspace”

The default setting for the Studio Manager Preferences is to “Automatically synchronize on file load”. This is exactly what you want to happen. As we will learn you are given an option to select the direction of synchronization on a per launch basis.

Double click the Motif XS icon to launch the Motif XS Editor

Setup the Motif XS Editor
_ Click on FILE > SETUP on the Motif XS Editor toolbar

Here you want to setup the communication between the Motif XS and the Editor.

Select mLAN/1394 as the DATA PORT

Make the following settings:
MIDI: Motif XS
mLAN Device: Yamaha Motif XS7

Of course, if you have a Motif XS6 or Motif XS8 your unit will be identified.

Next you make a decision about the direction of communication (Auto Sync Settings). There are two things to consider:
1) When you open a New Project in Cubase, how do you want the Editor to behave?
2) When you open a previously saved Project, how do you want the Editor to behave?

Typically, when you create a New Project you will want the Editor to clear a new MIX for you. Therefore you will want to have data sent FROM the Editor TO the Motif XS.

When you are restoring a previously saved Cubase Project you will want the Editor to send your saved data back to the Motif XS. Therefore you will want to have data sent FROM the Editor TO the Motif XS.

Make the settings so that:
CURRENT (ON) = PC > Motif XS

This is so that the Total Recall will send the Current MIX from the computer to the Motif XS when opening a Cubase Project. Restoring the Mix to the Motif XS. It will do the same thing when a New Project is created. Cool!

Setting the VOICE opiton: If set to ON, then the Editor can restore all your USER1, USER2, USER3 and USER Drum Kit Voices to your Motif XS each time you open a Project or start new one. It is your choice.

“Auto Start” = ON

Set the (UI) USER INTERFACE SETTING as you prefer.  The Keyboard Velocity function when set to “FREE” will change how loud the note plays by where on the keyboard icon KEY you click. This is pretty cool…

_ Click OK

On the main Motif XS Editor screen you want to make sure that the Editor is ONLINE. A bright blue dot appears next to ONLINE when you are actively communicating… bi-directional and simultaneous.

In the left upper corner you will see the MULTI PART - SONG mode, PATTERN mode and the “ONLINE” button. Communication is bi-directional and simultaneous so selecting the mode here will change your hardware and vice versa.


The ONLINE option has 3 status conditions. It will read either:
_ *ONLNE w/blue dot – This means you are communicating and all is well
_ *OFFLINE w/blue dot – you are temporarily offline but all is well
_ OFFLINE – you have trouble. Please check your connections

The OFFLINE w/blue dot is important because you will at some point need to make changes on the hardware and not have the software follow you. This can occur when you are looking for a SONG or PATTERN already in the Motif XS – the Editor will attempt to synchronize each time you scroll through a song. Therefore it is useful to click this option when you want to temporarily break communication. You can click ON and OFFLINE as necessary.

If you go to VOICE mode or to PERFORMANCE mode on the Motif XS hardware front panel, the Motif XS Editor will go temporarily *OFFLINE w/blue dot.

On the Toolbar of the Motif XS Editor you will see the BULK option. This is what you use to request a bulk to or from the Motif XS. You can select the Current MIX, and any of the USER Banks or ALL of the USER Banks. Do not change your preference in the FILE > SETUP > AUTO SYNC SETTING – when you need to send or receive data from the Motif XS use this BULK option.
Setup a NEW PROJECT in Cubase: Making your own Template (highly recommended).
_ In Cubase AI4 click on the FILE option
_ Select “NEW PROJECT”
_ Select “EMPTY”

You can use any of the pre-made Templates or you can create your own. Ultimately, you will want to create your own once you develop a preference of how you like to work. Cubase will ask you to select a directory for your Project. You can “create” a folder or simply target one you have made previously.

Next you will create a track layout. This will be your own personal preference. For our example we will create a Track setup with 8 MIDI Tracks (you can set as many as you require). Remember you can easily add tracks or remove tracks at any time in Cubase by simply right clicking and using the ADD TRACK or REMOVE TRACK option.

_ Right click and select “ADD TRACK” > MIDI
_ Make the Track Count 8
_ Click OK

Each of the eight tracks will be set to “All MIDI Input” and as we know this is the Motif XS port 1. Each of the eight tracks will be routed out to the “Yamaha Motif XS”, and each will be on a successively higher MIDI channel. Verify this.

_ Next click on FILE > SAVE AS TEMPLATE…
_ Name the template something descriptive.

Example name:  “Motif XS mLAN 8 MIDI”. Here’s why… It reminds me that this template is for when I’m working with the Motif XS (in my studio I need this information). I include mLAN in the description because this template will configure my connections via mLAN; I have a separate template for when I am working with the USB connection. The “8 MIDI” reminds me how many tracks are in this template and what type of tracks. You may want to customize your Template further by specifying SONG or PATTERN mode as your Studio Manager EDITOR condition.

Try out your TEMPLATE
_Click WINDOW and select “Close All”
_ Go to FILE > New Project…
_ Click on your new Template
_ Select a directory for this project
_ Click OK to launch your Template

Your mLAN connections, your REMOTE Settings, your audio interface settings will persist; The Template will launch Studio Manager, recall the hardware configuration, recall the MIDI connections, and recall the Current Mix and Voices if you included them. It will then ask you if want to restore this to your hardware. Why this extra step? Because at some point you may actually start a project in the Motif XS – say you have a quick idea and want to get it down fast. Later you say I’d like to continue my work in Cubase rather than having the Editor automatically blow away your hardware settings, you get this screen that lets you verify that you want to go FROM or TO the Hardware. Very useful… if you have done a setup in the Motif XS and you want to have the Editor capture it: simply select ‘FROM HARDWARE’ option. If you want to send your basic start-up template select the ‘TO HARDWARE’ option.

You can customize these instructions to your own preferences. Perhaps you always start with a particular Drum Kit, Bass sound and Keyboard sound; you can make your TEMPLATE that includes the Motif XS Editor with the Voices you like already programmed.

Advantage and Conclusion
The Studio Connection: Recall protocol allows you to store and recall your external hardware settings in your Cubase Project File. Studio Manager will memorize what hardware you were using on a project, it will store not only the Voice list but also the entire mix. That is, every parameter you use, and every voice in your Motif XS, per project.

Next installment: Advanced Application mLAN AUDIO SETUP tutorial


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