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Overview

Name | Version: Arturia Microfreak MIDI editor 5.0.1
Author: NoraPatches
Device Type: MIDI Effect
Description: Arturia Microfreak Editor [version 5]
version: 5.0.1

PDF manual accessible on product page.

This Max4Live MIDI effect is a comprehensive MIDI CC editor for the Arturia Microfreak with a built-in device updater, colour theme selector, randomiser and morphing engine as well as a dedicated XY control pad. The device sends and receives MIDI CC messages only. The device is built to directly pass all MIDI messages through as well, not to accidentally block the MIDI signal chain on the given track in Live.

PREREQUISITES:
Microfreak fw v4.0.1.1376 OR fw v5.0.0
Synth has to be in “Local Off” Mode*
Ableton Live 9/10/11 with Max4Live licence**
Internet connection (for updater only)
* Local mode OFF & Knobs send CCs ON [refer to Arturia User’s Manual page 90]
** Live 9/10/11 Suite OR any Live version + standalone Max license

How to use
The device should be placed on a MIDI track in Live. It’s up to you whether you want to manually configure the MIDI INs and OUTs on this track, then monitoring incoming audio on a new Audio Track
OR
with applying External Instrument on a MIDI track and configuring the incoming audio to be monitored.
All the GUI elements are MIDI mappable and automation enabled, so you can either draw in automation curves and envelopes or use other M4L devices and other modulation sources such as LFOs and Envelopes. This allows you to create previously unachievable sounds.

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Details

Live Version Used: 11.1.6
Max Version Used: 8.3.3
Date Added: Jan 25 2021 12:34:01
Date Last Updated: Jul 06 2023 11:08:12
Downloads: 0
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https://norapatches.com/devices/microfreak/
License: Commercial
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Thanks for this great tool. If you do any revisions in the future, it would be great if you could allow it to pass through MIDI program change messages. The MF responds to PC changes (patches 1-128 are on bank 1, 129 through 255 are on bank 2, etc.) I can normally control MF program changes via another keyboard, but when this device is in line, it appears to block them. Thanks. In Max, I think this is just connecting the PC channel from input to output to allow unmodified passthru.
@chasmo
Thank you for supporting my work!
Yeah, currently the device uses only [ctlin] and [ctlout] only, any other incoming MIDI is ignored.
I will introduce version 4 soon, I’ll fix this in that update :)
Many thanks for the fix, Nora!
thanks for the cool editor!
is there any news regarding the program change function?
is there a small manual for all functions?
what does the preset area do, for example?

I still have a problem.
if I draw an automation in the arrangement and then change the hardware manually, ableton does not show me this change.
With a plugin, the automation line turns gray and ableton indicates that I'm outside of the arrangement. I can then use the arrow in the transport area to jump back, unfortunately this is not possible with the editor.

then i still have the problem if i want to record the controller movements that i make by hand on the hardware, ableton records them in the arrangement and at the same time in the clip. So I have a double automation. is there a way to bypass this?

Thank you for your help!
@jonsch
First of all, thank you for supporting my work!
With kind feedback from a user, I’m currently working on implementing a solution where Local mode will have to be set to Off and the synth will be hooked up from/to Live like if it were a VST, this will enable us to overcome the automation issue you described. I only ask for a bit of patience, please, I’m working on multiple devices parallel at the moment, but I’ll try to hurry up with the update. Program Change messages should simply go theough with the latest version however.
A PDF manual is in-progress for all my past (and for the future) devices as well!
Nora
This is great as I just got a new Microfreak that I wanted a further in depth editor for than the current Mac one from Mono and here it is! Hope it works. I'm exchanging my unit and I'll make a new response if I run into trouble with the editor device.

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