MIDI Sync and your Nektar Controller
The Panorama T-series, Aura, Impact GXP series and Impact LX Mini controllers can receive MIDI clock messages from music software and synchronize their tempo based features to the tempo of your DAW.
Your Nektar controller is configured to automatically sync to an external clock when valid MIDI clock messages are received, and to switch back to the internal clock, a few moments after those clock messages stop. You can set the controller to always use external clock (see your controller’s user guide for more details) but keep in mind that many DAWs will stop sending clock messages when the transport is stopped, so the tempo based features may not work when the DAWs Transport is stopped.
Here are instructions for configuring many common DAWs to send clock messages to Nektar controllers.
Important Note: You should only send MIDI clock to your controller’s first output port.
In Mac OS, this port will be called ‘<Controller Name> Internal’ or ‘<Controller Name> MIDI 1’. In Windows, this port will simply be called ‘<Controller Name>’.
- Open the ‘Studio One’ menu.
- In MacOS – Select ‘Preferences’. In Windows – Select ‘Options’.
- Go to the ‘External Devices’ tab.
- Click the ‘Add…’ button.
- From the list on the left, select ‘New Instrument’.
- Select your controller’s first output port from the ‘Send To’ list. (If you encounter a message which indicates that then port is already in use, just click ‘OK’)
- Tick the ‘Send MIDI Clock’ option.
- Tick the ‘Use MIDI Clock Start’ option.
- Click ‘OK’.
- Open the ‘Transport’ menu.
- Select ‘Project Syncronization Setup…’.
- In the window that appears, go to the ‘Destinations’ tab.
- Tick the box for your controller’s first output port, in the ‘MIDI Clock Destination’ section.
- If you are using Aura, Tick the ‘MIDI Clock Follows Project Position’ box.
- Tick the ‘Always Send Start Message’ box.
- Tick the ‘Send MIDI Clock in Stop Mode’ box.