4drX has released MidiKeySwitcher, a free MIDI VST Plugin for Windows that makes it simple for keyboard players to select and change presets of your favorite synths with a MIDI Channel Map, Program Changes, Bank and Subbank Changes with KeySwitches on your lower keys.
MidiKeySwitcher is a VST plugin which defines simple 2-key switches to select a Midi Channel and send Midi Messages to select Programs and Banks+SubBanks from a Midi keyboard set to a fixed channel. Its ultimate purpose is to free the keyboard player from the computer mouse to browse plugin presets (Programs and Banks) and be able to change instruments (Midi Channel) without having to press convoluted combinations of buttons.
All plugins with Midi output are configured in the same way. You can for instance replace Xfer’s Cthulhu by Midikeyswticher in the following tutorials:
- Steinberg’s Cubase Setup (You’ll need Cubase Artist if you want to use a different channel for each instrument and you use plugins that can’t select an input Midi channel themselves)
- Ableton’s Live Setup (Please note though that program/bank/subbank changes will be sent correctly but you won’t be able to select an output channel because everything is bizarrely converted to channel 1 when one sends midi from one track to another in Ableton Live. Why? Ask Ableton developers…)
- Apple’s Logic Setup (I couldn’t test it 🙁 Folks, donate generously so I can afford a Mac!)
- Topten’s Cantabile Setup (You’ll need the paid “Solo” version if you want to use a different channel for each instrument and you use plugins that can’t select an input Midi channel themselves) No link for instructions? Cm’on pal you don’t need a tutorial for this!