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I've got a setup that's working perfectly as far as looping goes but I've got an LED issue that I haven't been able to resolve for months.
I use a Nektar Pacer fwiw.
The issue is, I am using 2x presets on the Pacer - one for RECORDING and one for PERFORMING.
The recording one selects tracks and records etc, the perform one lets me use the same MIDI buttons on the Pacer that I use for selecting tracks, to now be mute/unmutes.
It works great from an audio perspective, and the LEDs do line up in relation to reflecting what they're supposed to (eventually). I need 2x presets because the Pacer lets me have different coloured LEDs, so I can have the RECORD buttons and PERFORM(mute/unmute) reflect the colours I want.
Colours are - RECORD preset OFF for not selected, RED for selected.
PERFORM preset OFF for muted, GREEN for unmuted.
The problem is, when switching between the two presets - the LED on/off status is retained.
This means if I select a track on RECORD mode (LED goes red) and record something, stop recording.. then swap over to PERFORM mode.. the PERFORM preset LED will be lit up GREEN on that same button.
It retains the information from the RECORD preset.
Likewise, if I unmute all tracks in PERFORM preset, so all lights are GREEN on the Pacer - then swap back to RECORD mode, all of the LEDs on the RECORD preset will be lit up RED. Because it's retaining the MIDI information or status, or something.
If I have say, 3 of them unmuted in PERFORM preset, and one muted - then go to RECORD preset, the 3 unmuted buttons will now be lit up red. The one that wasn't will be off. It makes it confusing to use.
Is there a way to have this not happen?
It's frustrating as heck and is the only thing about my setup that's not working as intended, everything else is perfect. I don't understand why it's happening.
I suspect there might be a way to refresh LED status information when swapping presets? Is that something I can do? Is there a better way to do what I'm doing in Loopy Pro?
I don't believe Loopy Pro is able to change the colour of the Pacer's LEDs - so I can't use the method Michael suggested to me earlier, where you can press a button and it lets you reassign the MIDI CCs to new things, ie - using multiple pages with the same Pacer preset.
This would work on a practical level, but the LEDs wouldn't change colour and I prefer to see the LED status (as it indicates track selected in RECORD mode, or what tracks are muted/unmuted in PERFORM mode).. so I need to swap Pacer presets.
Anyone got any advice?
Is this something I should be trying to sort out with program changes?