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Controlling LED lights with MAX midi

August 31, 2013 | 6:23 am


I am trying to let Max 5 communicate with my Showtec Light Jockey 16 through MIDI. My MIDI device is a Focusrite Saffire 2i4, connected from its MIDI Out to the Midi In of my DMX controller.

How would I go about setting up a patch that sends MIDI messages to the DMX controller?

Thanks for reading,

Greets Rowan.

August 31, 2013 | 7:17 am

get out your manual, it has the midi implementation right there. It’s mapped across midi note number and velocity, so you can do straight makenote->noteout.

September 3, 2013 | 11:50 am

Hi Wetterberg,

Thanks for the reply, I’ve got the devices communicating with each other now.

How can I control the LED’s now? I want them to go from Red to Blue, how can I do this through MIDI??

Thanks, greets Rowan.

September 3, 2013 | 1:02 pm

With the midi you can control functions on the desk. so you first have to program some memorys.
if you send out the right midi notes with max those memorys will run.

your questions will answered quicker if you attach a patch.

September 3, 2013 | 1:15 pm

Hello MJ,

Thanks! I thought I could control the LED’s directly, but I now understand that the MIDI messages just control the desk itself.

The patch I’m using is a straight copy from the manual:

— Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. —

Like to hear from you, greets Rowan.

September 6, 2013 | 1:58 am

how many led spots you want to control ?
it seems youre desk has 8 faders .. that would be 2 ledspots…
or you have to patch more spots on the same fader ( or give them all the same adress on the spot )

here is a swatch control thingy


— Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. —


September 9, 2013 | 5:03 am

Thanks MJ,

I am now working with a Showtec Scanmaster 3, which lets me toggle banks&scenes on/off (where note# 0 is bank1,scene1 and #8 bank2,scene1 etc..)

It’s working how I want it, thanks for your help!

Greets Rowan.

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