Connect a MIDI Control Surface

MIDI Control Surfaces typically include rotary encoders (knobs), sliders (faders), and pads. These may be found as part of your MIDI keyboard controller or as a standalone controller.

To connect a MIDI Control Surface in Cakewalk by BandLab:

  1. Connect your device via USB to your machine
  2. Launch Cakewalk by BandLab
  3. Go to Edit > Preferences, or press P when the Start Screen is closed to open the Preferences menu
  4. Under MIDI > Devices, select your device as an Input device. If you have a bi-directional control surface (automated faders, etc), check the Output category to make sure MIDI signal reaches back to the control surface.
  5. Under MIDI > Control Surfaces, click the Add Surface button to open the Controller/Surface Settings dialog box.
  6. In the Controller/Surface field of the Controller/Surface Settings dialog box, find the name of your controller/surface, and select it. If you want to use ACT (Active Controller Technology), or if your controller/surface is not listed, select either the ACT MIDI Controller or Cakewalk Generic Surface.
  7. Click Apply and OK to save your changes!

Dig Deeper:

WAI Display

ACT Control

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