Korg padKONTROL – which MIDI ports to use for the Librarian

Just a quick note today, about the Korg padKONTROL. Just received in, so far very limited practice with it but did notice when I tried using it with GarageBand, the pads just didn’t line up (by default, anyway) with any known sensible GM drum kit configuration.

Figuring it must be some simple Scene configuration, I loaded the Librarian. Only to have the Librarian complain that there was a “Device Inquiry Error.” OK, so what did it want me to set the MIDI ports to? No clue. Manual was frightfully thin on information on this particular subject.

Luckily, over on the Abelton forums, I found this incredibly helpful and (in my case, at least) absolutely correct bit of advice:

For MIDI In choose “padKONTROL 1 PORT A” and for MIDI out choose “padKONTROL 1 CTRL”.

And, voila! I was able to set Scene 1 to General MIDI and had all the glorious roll, flam and other assorted pads working like a drum kit!

Thanks to this post: http://forum.ableton.com/viewtopic.php?t=51168&highlight=

That is all for now. I am so swamped with debugging at work – something has changed, and I don’t know what! – it’s nice to get the 2 minute break here to share this and spread the love.


The Destructiveness of the Creatives


Luke Crawford of Muxtape presented at last night’s March RefreshPhilly event. Towards the end he spoke to the point that sites like Muxtape are completely incompatible with current structure of the “Recording Industry.” Well, actually I asked if that was the case and was there any hope.

It was a very good talk on the minimalist design approach, both visually and programmatically (using Ruby on Rails). Unfortunately, Mr. Crawford was pressed for time and wasn’t able to get much deeper into the “future” of how things were breaking down. I asked him about the compability of his model with the current structure of the Recording Industry, and that’s when he was able to offer a quick glimpse of how he thought the future might unfold.

As he did, it occurred to me just how much destruction is going on. The current econonic crisis as perceived in the popular press is one of “Well, let’s get heavy industry going,” “Just need to prop the banks up through troubled times,” but that’s not it – or, at least, that’s not all there is.

I Hate Music

Anyone who’s ever listened to music in the last 10 years knows the tribulations and fits the music industry went through when Napster unilaterally decided to Free All Music every where. Clearly that wasn’t fair. But, on the other hand, those Suits in the RIAA were getting their comeuppance! After all those years stealing from artists! Not paying royalties! Claiming undeserved songwriting credits!

So sympathy was a little short in coming. Then when they started suing 12 year olds, well, we really lost interest in their cause then. I know I did.

The Destruction

Setting Aside whether you can give it away for Free (you can’t) or strongarm your way into collecting money (you can, but laywers get expensive), the Music Industry as We Know It is going to collapse. Completely. What, exactly, does this mean:

The Nasty Suits won’t get the Lion’s Share of Unit Sales, because there are no units – CDs.
The people who discover new music will go unemployed.
The people who make the plastic for CDs go unemployed.
The people who make machines to stamp (or whatever you do to a CD) go under.
The trucks that deliver the CDs to retail spaces go unused – the Drive goes unemployed.
The Retail Shelf Space previously devoted to CDs goes unused – Shelfmakers go out of business.
The person stocking the shelves at minimum wage goes unemployed.
Not needing trucks to deliver CDs, Machinery, Shelving, people building trucks go unemployed.
Not getting orders for steel to build trucks or machinery, foundries shut down.

You get the idea.

A new Bass in the Family

Traded in my Line6 Variax bass (and PodXT Live) for cash money to put towards a MusicMan StingRay. I didn’t have anything in particular in mind, but I figured I’d

2006 Limited Edition MusicMan StingRay (Click for Comically Large Image)

see what’s floating around used. I found one green 4 string at Guitar Center that had a nice big chunk out of it. That appealed to me. Ever since I chipped the finish off my very first brand new guitar (I was 14), I figure it’s better to get it pre-damaged, so I don’ t have to go through the heartache of damaging it myself.

The salesman said “have a look at that one behind you.” And there she was. A Limited Edition 2006 MusicMan StingRay. Not the 30th anniversary edition, by the way. They had one of those, too, and it was so beat to crap I felt bad for it.

Here’s a slideshow of the current family. My Dad dislikes my lil’ clam shell pink MusicMaster, but that’s just because he doesn’t play. It’s a shortscale and it’s tons of fun to play. Besides, I want to start teaching Trent, so that bass is pretty ideal.

Anyway, back to the MusicMan. I wrote Ernie Ball to see if they could supply any further information on it based on its serial number. AJ wrote back the next day:


Thanks for playing Music Man! Your bass was completed on 01/05/2007. It
was probably one of the last Stingrays we did in that color as it was a
2006 limited edition. We don’t have any more literature on that Limited
Edition line. They were all black with rosewood fretboards and gold
hardware. It was the first time we’d ever done gold hardware (we’ve only
used gold hardware once more since then).

I hope this helps!

And wow does it play and sound great. Holy smokes! Here’s a slideshow of the Bass Family as it stands … for the moment.

You can click on any picture to see the larger higher resolution image.