To begin using blueSky with an external MIDI device, connect the MIDI out jack from a pedal, controller, or computer interface to the EXP/MIDI jack on blueSky. The following devices can be used to send MIDI messages to blueSky:
Set the EXP/MIDI jack to MIDI Mode
Once you have connected blueSky to a MIDI source, you must set the EXP/MIDI jack to MIDI mode.
Set the MIDI Channel
Next, you will need to select a MIDI channel to communicate with blueSky. blueSky is set to MIDI channel 1 by default.
Set MIDI Output Mode
The MIDI Output mode must be set to determine what kind of MIDI data is sent out by blueSky. ***NOTE: If you are only sending MIDI data to blueSky or if you are using the Strymon MIDI EXP cable, the MIDI Output mode must be set to OFF.***
Once you have configured blueSky to communicate via MIDI, you can set the pedal to synchronize to incoming MIDI clock.
When blueSky is synced to MIDI clock, the echo repeats are synced to the incoming MIDI clock messages.
To set whether blueSky will respond to incoming MIDI clock:
The MIDI Clock setting is saved per Favorite setting or MIDI preset.
***NOTE: Saved Favorite or MIDI presets on blueSky will store the settings of all the knobs and toggle switches on the pedal as well as the bypass state of the pedal.***
With the EXP/MIDI jack set to MIDI mode, the currently loaded settings can be saved to any of blueSky’s 300 preset locations at any time.
To enter Save mode, press and hold the FAV footswitch. The FAV LED will blink GREEN to indicate that blueSky is waiting to receive a MIDI Program Change message.
blueSky 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:
NOTE: Some MIDI applications and controllers start with MIDI Program Change #1 instead of 0. In these setups, increment the MIDI Program Change numbers above by one.
blueSky 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 blueSky 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.