MIDI Data to Audio Signal Conversion (Midi Over Audio)
Apr 03 2021 | 4:45 pm
First of all a short as possible explanation of the setting to understand why and what I'm trying to achieve:
I'm playing on stage on a keyboard that can send audio and midi. The audio signal goes into a Midas digital stagebox which is connected to a Behringer X32 mixer via a 30m long ethernet cable. At the FOH a computer is connected to the X32 so we can play with Ableton and Max on the FOH side.
The FOH tech asked me if it's possible to send the midi data as well so she can use it to control parameters with my notes. Although there is a MIDI in on the stagebox, it turns out to be sluggish and useless.
So... My assessment is that either we have to make a wireless connection for MIDI over Wifi or we have to run another 30m long ethernet cable for running MIDI, or possibly a 3rd option.
The thing is that we have some audio inputs left over and this got me thinking if there might be a way to convert MIDI data into an audio signal, run it through the stagebox and convert it back to MIDI on the other side.
Does anyone have any experience with this? It doesn't need to be perfect, considering we'll not be generating audio with it but just control some parameters in the Ableton session.