How can I control Volante with MIDI? - Strymon

How can I control Volante with MIDI?

MIDI Connections to Volante

To begin using Volante with an external MIDI device, connect the MIDI out jack from a pedal, controller, or computer interface to the EXP jack on Volante. The following devices can be used to send MIDI messages to Volante:

  • Strymon MIDI EXP cable (link)
  • USB connection from your computer to Volante
  • Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connection
  • Compatible 5-pin MIDI to 1⁄4” MIDI Interface:
    • Disaster Area Designs – DPC Gen 3 Series, DMC Gen 3 Series, MIDIBox
    • Empress Effects – MIDIbox2

 

Configuring Volante to Use MIDI

Set EXP jack to DIGITAL Mode

Once you have connected Volante to a MIDI source, you must set the EXP jack to DIGITAL mode.

  • Press and hold the TAP footswitch while connecting the pedal to power.
  • When the LEDs light up, release the footswitch and turn the ECHO LEVEL knob until the TAP LED turns BLUE.
  • Press the TAP footswitch to store the EXP jack assignment.

Set MIDI Channel

Next, you will need to select a MIDI channel to communicate with Volante.  Volante is set to MIDI channel 1 by default.

  • Press and hold the TAP footswitch while connecting the pedal to power.
  • When the LEDs light up, release the footswitch and turn the REC LEVEL knob to set the MIDI channel.  The ON LED will change color as the MIDI Channel is changed:
    • GREENMIDI Channel 1
    • AMBERMIDI Channel 2
    • REDMIDI Channel 3
    • BLUEMIDI Channels 4-16
      • This setting requires a 1/4″ MIDI connection to set.  Once the LED turns BLUE, it will blink until the pedal receives a MIDI Program Change message.  Once a MIDI PC message is received, the pedal will be set to the MIDI channel that the message was sent through and the LED will stop blinking.
  • Press the TAP footswitch again to store the MIDI channel assignment and begin using Volante

 

Set MIDI Output Mode

The MIDI Output mode must be set to determine what kind of MIDI data is sent out by Volante.  ***NOTE: If you are only sending MIDI data to Volante or if you are using the Strymon MIDI EXP cable, the MIDI Output mode must be set to OFF.***

  • Press and hold the TAP footswitch while connecting the pedal to power.
  • When the LEDs light up, release the footswitch and turn the TIME knob to select what kind of MIDI data is sent from Volante to other MIDI devices.  The FAV LED will show the status:
    • GREEN – ON – Using Volante’s knobs and switches generates MIDI messages that are sent out of Volante.
    • AMBERTHROUGH – Incoming MIDI messages are sent out of Volante without any additional MIDI messages generated by Volante.
    • REDOFF (default) – No MIDI messages are sent out of Volante.

 

Saving and Recalling Presets on Volante with MIDI

Saving Presets via MIDI

When using MIDI, the currently loaded settings on the pedal can be saved to any of Volante’s 300 preset locations at any time.

  • To initiate the SAVE process, press and hold the FAV footswitch.  The FAV LED will start blinking BLUE.
  • Send a MIDI Program Change message from your connected MIDI device to Volante.  The LED will stop flashing and Volante will save the settings to the preset location that corresponds with the MIDI Program Change message it received.
    • To save a preset to the currently loaded preset location, simply press the FAV footswitch once again while the LED is flashing.

Recalling  Presets

  • To recall presets on Volante, send the pedal a MIDI Program Change message on the same channel the pedal is set to that corresponds to the desired preset you would like to recall.

Volante contains 300 preset locations, numbered sequentially from 0-299. Because MIDI Program Change messages have a maximum number of 128 (0-127) the presets are grouped into three MIDI patch banks:

  • MIDI BANK 0 = PRESETS 0-127
  • MIDI BANK 1 = PRESETS 128-255
  • MIDI BANK 2 = PRESETS 256-299

Volante always powers up in MIDI Patch Bank 0, so if you plan to stay within the first 127 presets, simply send a standard MIDI Program Change message to load a preset.

If you will be using MIDI Banks 1 and/or 2, it is advisable to send a standard MIDI Bank Change message (MIDI CC# 0 with a value equal to the MIDI Bank#) before each MIDI Program Change.

Selecting bank 0, patch 127 will put Volante into Manual mode. In this mode, the pedal will be set to the current knob and switch settings.  No preset data can be stored at this preset location.