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I like the old ADAT hardware so i bought some early ADAT soundcards, and digital ADAT mixers/audiocard control surfaces that i like to remote via virtual surfaces computer i program javascript so it is not that demanding learning curve implement things.

I have one Korg 168RC and it is no problem for me to find out how to steer/control it, because if you push a button move a slider or select a function it basicly echo the midivalues over midi port for the functionality. I have started upon an interface and i am pretty sure i can make at least part of the functionality to work.

Howver recently i bought a mixer control surface tascam FW1884, it also have a midi Hub 8 ports 4 in 4 out. i hooked up same USB midicable that i used with the RC168 and have tried a few control modes, but i can not see it send anything out over the midiport, do anyone know if the unit can echo out midi as you push buttons, knobs and sliders?

Or do anyone have a sheet over midicommands one can send to it to reach different functionality, it could be so simple that it is only a control surface out and can not be controlled the other way via software "only RC out no in?

It will be two way functionality at least with the Korg 168 RC, so the mixer sets the virtual sliders as well as the virtual sliders setting the mixer settings.

But if anyone have an idea for howto start program the FW1884 "midi message structure" or schematic alternatively howto make it echo out values from knobs sliders and buttons, i would be happy if you shared it.

After installation there is also 8 firewire "midi" ports added 4 in/out plus a fw control port in/out and two VP ports in out "virtual ports??".
I can see at anything going on at these ports when pushing buttons, knobs and sliders.

Jonas Thörnvall
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  1. https://medias.audiofanzine.com/images/normal/korg-168rc-2239739.jpg
  2. https://img.mercatinomusicale.com/p_z/98/47/4644798_1475593916.jpg
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Hey, here is the Tascam user manual for your mixer. I hope this helps. https://www.tascam.eu/en/docs/fw1884_manual_e_1_00.pdf
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  1. https://www.tascam.eu/en/docs/fw1884_manual_e_1_00.pdf
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Once your Tascam mixer is connected to your computer and is on, open your DAW > options > preferences > MIDI > Input: select your midi device > Output > Select your out ports to wherever you'd like ( or leave blank ).
Then look through the DAW and find an option for Midi Control surfaces (Check the programs manual if you don't know what this looks like). Once you find it, enable it. It's possible there is already a map listed in the options that will make the mixer work automatically.

Drag a song into your project (Any Song) , open the DAW virtual mixer and and take a close look at your settings, you should be looking for a button that says "read" and another that says "write". If you click "write" and then press play on the DAW, if the tascam is connected and functioning, you will begin to see midi control data being printed as you adjust the potentiometers while the song plays.
Once you're satisfied that the DAW is writing the midi data to the track, click the "Read" button and deselect the "Write" button, now press play. If everything is working as it should than the midi data you printed to the audio track will begin controlling the physical potentiometers on your Tascam, like magic.
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I now reached the midi functionality in the control panel program that the Tascam mixer came with, there i can clearly see the messages changing as i push the buttons, and i can see the FW 1884 native control protocol is set to port 2 "of the firewire midi devices. So this control panel apparently pick up something "messages" going out from mixer and i can see CC messages and ranges. However in my javascript application i list and select the inports/port to listen to but i can not see they receive anything from the mixer?

So there is probably something more that has to be set for the messages to be transmitted over midi?
But now when i have the mixers "messages out" i will try to echo them back, send "volume" slider messages to the FW-1884 and since the sliders are motorised i surely will know if it works or not.
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