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Help changing Powercab 112 Plus speakers, mike models and mike distance via midi CC's sent from a DAW

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I would love to be able to change speakers, mikes and mike distances per song using Midi CC's sent by my DAW. I'm using Logic connected to my Powercab via a USB cable. I can change the speakers via Program Changes but not via CC's. I have selected Midi Receive to PC+CC in the Global Settings.

I've attached a screen shot of my attempt. Pressing Play chooses the Jarvis speaker. At bar 2 I should get an Essex speaker and at bar 3 a "12 Dyn" mike. After changing to Jarvis all that seems to happen on the Powercab display is a change from "< 004 > Jarvis" to "< 004 (edited) > Jarvis" at bar 2. I've also attached the Logic file. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Powercab speaker trial.logicx.zip

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My problem has been solved. I assumed that sending a CC22 would change the Powercab's preset which would indicate the selected speaker in the display. What was happening is that the display would indicate <edited>. I'd had trouble getting Logic and Powercab Edit to open at the same time and thought that they weren't happy sharing the USB/Audio connection. Thanks to some advice from Tom Baeppler, a Guitar Product Specialist for Yamaha and Line 6 here in Melbourne, Australia, I persisted and was able to see in Powercab Edit that, although the Preset name didn't change from Jarvis,  the speaker did change to an Essex, as did the microphone. (Powercab Edit would then freeze and lose connection with Powercab straight after).

 

I realized afterwards that I could have seen the same speaker change and mike info on the Powercab's display had I looked. I could also have used my ears but was so busy trying to solve the issue I hadn't actually been playing the guitar - I should have taken Frank Zappa's advice  - Shut Up And Play Yer Guitar!

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On 7/22/2020 at 5:35 PM, grahammccoy said:

I realized afterwards that I could have seen the same speaker change and mike info on the Powercab's display had I looked. I could also have used my ears but was so busy trying to solve the issue I hadn't actually been playing the guitar - I should have taken Frank Zappa's advice  - Shut Up And Play Yer Guitar!

 

To change the speaker models on the Powercab+, I send CC22 messages, values 1-12, using the Helix Expression Pedal 2. As you indicated, in the Powercab Edit app, the speaker will change in the grey field to the right of the box but the preset title in the left menu does not. A similar phenomena happens on the Powercab+... when sending the CC messages, the current speaker name does not change but just says <edited>. The only hint that the speaker has changed is the color of the ring around the Edit knob and the sound of course. But unless you memorize the ring color for each speaker preset, it is very difficult to tell what speaker model you have selected.

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