Hey there, I’m quite new to the zynthian project so apologies if this seems a daft question.
Zynthian stable on rpi4 8gb
Focusrite 2i4 2nd gen for audio and Midi IO
I’m attempting use the keystep as an external clock source for the zynthian but have had no success so far, does anyone have any pointers on how to configure this?
the end goal is to use the SooperLooper with bass/guitar so they can be synced with midi instruments.
the KS is attached via DIN to the focusrite (although I’ve also tested via usb). note on/off messages are received so I can play instruments, but the tempo settings screen is unaffected by the KS sequencer
I don’t see clock messages in the midi monitor in the web conf, but monitoring elsewhere (ie unplugging from zynthian and into another device) confirms they are being sent. I’m not 100% sure if this is because of a routing issue or just that the monitor doesn’t support them.
Thanks in advance!
(Also, I’d quickly like to express how impressed I am with the project. I’ve been looking for something to do exactly this for a while now and I’m really excited to see what I can do with it)
May I extend a warm welcome to you. You describe an entry to this platform that is similar to many of us. Zynthian does what we were looking for or trying to create for ourselves. I hope you enjoy the device and the lovely community.
To enable external MIDI clock sync you select it in the tempo screen: “Clock Source”. Default is “Internal Send” which uses the internal clock / tempo and sends MIDI clock to external devices. “MIDI” uses an external MIDI clock as it’s timebase which is what you want I think.
I had enabled system messages but couldn’t see clock messages, which was why I was unsure whether the issue was with the controller or with the monitor - I can see them using other devices.
At the moment I’m using vnc but once I’m more familiar with it I’m planning on getting a touchscreen, then building a full enclosure. Once I’ve got looping sorted though I’ll probably start with a foot controller
In the Webconf MIDI monitor yes. Update on that front - I can see SYSCLOCK Messages in the “Scarlett 2i4 USB MIDI 1” Section, but not under any of the Zyn options (Router, Master etc). Does that suggest that the messages are getting to the OS but are not being routed into Zynthian itself?
Apologies, “monitor” probably wasn’t very clear. What I meant was whether the Keystep was unable to talk to the Zynthian, or the MIDI Monitor didn’t support SYSCLOCK messages (as noted above I’ve disproved that theory).
I don’t have a spare monitor easily available but I do have a tablet, so I’m doing everything either through that or through a computer (both viewing the WebConf, Zynthian UI or the Engine UI)