Behringer Mötor 61 + Zynthian


Hi @zynthianers!

I just received my new toy and i’ve been testing and tweaking a little bit with Zynthian. I’ve an initial integration with setBfree and more is on the way:



We wish you a Happy Christmas !!


Jojojo!! Odinnnnnnnnnn!!! :musical_keyboard::musical_keyboard:


It’s a strange beast isn’t it? :smile:


what’s the branch name ? :smiley:


It’s not commited yet, @wyleu … i’ve to implement the controller feedback properly … but i’m motivated, my friend!! :wink:


We are in for some fairly major testing :smiley:

Interested to hear your thoughts on Program Change from the motor 61, Use the pads?


I’ve tested with the ZS3 (subsnapshots) and it works OK, although it seems like having a little delay?
I don’t like too much that you have to be in “P. Change” mode (i.e. P.Change button) but probably it’s not a major problem once you are familiarized with the keyboard.

Anyway, i’ve only tested for 1-2 hours, most of the time with the faders. It’s a quite complex beast so i would need a week or so …



I think that using the motor61 as the basis of a zynthian controller model we will be able to produce a very fine generalized control model that will extend easily and it will allow us to close the midi controller loops, especially on snapshot changes and external midi PC change.

But at the end of the day we want a drawbar organ :smiley:

Do we use the fader banks to allow the 9 drawbars required for a hammond to be represented via the 8 flying faders or ‘misuse’ the volume slider for the 1" drawbar?

But also a mix down console for multi layer productions…

There seems to be a two (Al least) possible modes .

An overall Mix down mode ( presumably when the layers menu) with the overall volume slider allocated to overall mix level.

An individual Preset modifier.


Hi @jofemodo,

some guys said that the keyboard of the Mötor is not really good. What do you think?


It’s working fine by now … but i didn’t make a really serious session yet. Give me some days and i will try to send a better report and video …


I’m thinking of using 9 faders for drawbars, and using one of the rotaries as volume controller :wink:

Yes … and probably more. Remember that "sequencing is coming … " :grin:

I completely agree with you that this keyboard is a good “starting point” for a serious integration of Zynthian with “popular” MIDI controllers. We should have something modular and easy to tweak, like Ableton Maps. Perhaps we should study the Ableton Map “format”, that is “pyhon-based” …
If we could be compatible with Ableton Maps, we would have access to tons of freely available device-mappings.

But i need time to study and think about it … and of course, also need your help with this huge task!!



Hi @zynthianers!

I’ve commited a “quick & dirty” implementation that allows to have controller feedback with the Mötor 61 and other controllers with MIDI feedback. It’s in the master branch because it shouldn’t break nothing :thinking::thinking::scream::scream:

For testing you have to:

  • From your Mötor 61:

    • Assign a bank of faders to CC 70-78
    • Enable MIDI feedback for that bank if it’s disabled (probably it’s already enabled!!)
  • From webconf->MIDI->devices: enable MIDI output for Mötor 61 devices (there are 2 of them!!)



OK! I’ve implemented the a better controller-feedback mechanism. It uses an independet Jack port that can be routed to the selected MIDI-Controllers devices. You can select the devices that will receive the feedback using the Webconf tool, at the end of the MIDI section: