Live: choose an interface

Computer keyboard



While playing you will often need to give commands to One Man Band. Play variations of the style (fill-in, main, intro, ending), change the tempo, choose another multivoice for the right hand or another style for the accompaniment etc. Initially your computer keyboard is the interface that you use. The commands that are currently assigned to the keys are shown on the screen. Some of the keys (with the red label) will open a new menu, where each key is assigned to a different command. You can customise the assignment of the keys and design your own menus, this is explained in the next tutorial.


MIDI keyboard controller



Go to the Preferences window and select the Live Control tab. Click on "Computer keyboard" and change it to "MIDI keyboard controller", change channel to "all" and change the MIDI trigger (on right on the same line) to c8, then press Exit. You can still play chords and melody on your keyboard as before. But now when you press c8, that is the highest key on a 61 note keyboard, and keep it presses, all the other keys are command keys. You can press them to perform actions. As soon you release the c8 key, all the keys will again play chords and melody. If you change the channel in the Preferences window from "all" to a specific channel, that corresponds with the channel on which a dedicated extra MIDI keyboard send its notes, then you can use that extra keyboard for the commands and play chords and melody on the other keyboard. Make sure that the two keyboards are not sending on the same channel,.


Touch screen



Go to the Preferences window and select the Live Control tab. Click on "MIDI keyboard controller" or "Computer keyboard" and change it to "Touch screen and remote", change "buttons:" to "7*8 (remote)" and press Exit. Now you have an interface that you can use with a touch screen. It is not likely that you have a touch screen connected to your computer. But you do have a touch screen at your disposal (or can buy an old one for this single purpose): an Andoid tablet or phone. Download the jmremote app copy it to your Android device and start it to install the app. Now in OMB, go to the Preferences window and select the Remote tab. Check the remote control option. You may get a message that it is blocked, unblock it. If you don't unblock it now, you will get no wifi connection with JmRemote until you unblock OMB from the firewall in your securities settings. Now start the JmRemote app on your android device.



Type the IP-address that corresponds with the one listed in the Remote tab of the Preferences window in OMB. Then touch the connect button. You will now see the same buttons as are displayed on the computer screen. You can activate them by touching them and when you activate a menu, all the new actions are labeled both on the Android device and on the computer screen.




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