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Can I use a Pod HD 300/400500 to control my DAW (Apple Logic)?
by angelohio on 2012-04-18 16:36:22

Hi all

Ive read many posts of people asking similar questions about the various pod Hd's midi send capabilities but none quite answering this.

I want to know if I any of the PodHDs send MIDI signals through USB so I can control Apple Logic's transport control for example, or Main Stage's looper for example. So I can avoid buying a PodHd AND a midi controller pedal, as that would be a Frankenstein rig!

I really like the Pod HDs but their MIDI communication capabilities is not clear enough in the manuals.

Thanks in advance!



Re: Can I use a Pod HD 300/400500 to control my DAW (Apple Logic)?
by mdmayfield on 2012-04-18 21:51:36

Yes, you can. I do this to control my backing tracks.

You need to have your HD500 connected through a MIDI interface (not through the HD500's USB port) and assign footswitches in your patches to send MIDI data of some kind (it works best if you're not using those switches for anything else). I use a Note On of the lowest possible note for all four switches I'm using for MIDI control, with specific velocities of 1, 2, 3, and 4 to differentiate them.

Then, in Logic, go to Key Commands (option-k) and find the thing you want to trigger. In the lower right there should be a button that says "Learn MIDI Assignment." Click that, press the footswitch on the HD500, and then click it again.

I found that, to avoid double-triggering, you sometimes need to do the following when teaching Logic which footswitch should do what:

1. Click MIDI Learn in Logic.

2. Press and *hold* the HD500 footswitch.

3. Click MIDI Learn again to make Logic stop "listening."

4. Release the footswitch.

Hope that helps,

Matt



Re: Can I use a Pod HD 300/400500 to control my DAW (Apple Logic)?
by mdmayfield on 2012-04-18 21:54:22

Also, you should be aware of this undocumented behavior in HD500 Edit to avoid headaches: http://line6.com/support/thread/77277

">http://line6.com/support/thread/77277">http://line6.com/support/thread/77277



Re: Can I use a Pod HD 300/400500 to control my DAW (Apple Logic)?
by angelohio on 2012-04-19 09:21:23

Thanks for the info Mdmayfield. I'm leaning towards getting the HD300 for portability's sake (travel weight).

Can someone let me know if the HD300 can send MIDI to a DAW via USB?

Thanks



Re: Can I use a Pod HD 300/400500 to control my DAW (Apple Logic)?
by mdmayfield on 2012-04-19 09:30:18

As far as I know, the 500 is the only one that can do this, and the 300/400 can not. Maybe someone else who owns one can confirm, or has more details?



Re: Can I use a Pod HD 300/400500 to control my DAW (Apple Logic)?
by jimsreynolds on 2012-04-19 13:17:42

Yep, the 300 and 400 can do Midi over USB.  They are not as functional as the HD500 - you cannot do all of the fancy pedal assigns that are possible on the HD500.  

Really, the 300 and 400 are really not suitable as full featured MIDI controllers in their own right though so do be careful.

More details in the advanced guide here  --> http://line6.com/data/6/0a060b316ac34f0593824e9be/application/pdf/POD%20HD300%20Advanced%20Guide%20-%20English%20%28%20Rev%20D%20%29.pdf

">http://line6.com/data/6/0a060b316ac34f0593824e9be/application/pdf/POD%20HD300%20Advanced%20Guide%20-%20English%20%28%20Rev%20D%20%29.pdf">http://line6.com/data/6/0a060b316ac34f0593824e9be/application/pdf/POD%20HD300%20Advanced%20Guide%20-%20English%20%28%20Rev%20D%20%29.pdf



Re: Can I use a Pod HD 300/400500 to control my DAW (Apple Logic)?
by angelohio on 2012-04-19 21:16:34

Thanks for the info Jim. It's strange tho that even the Adavnced Manual only has a small parragraph about MIDI and then refers back to: http://line6.com/support/manuals/and theres nothing more there.

If anyone has actually tested sending midi via HDs USB please let me know




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