Tutorials

Create a Button Page that Controls a Device

If you have a device that has multiple effect blocks, effect loops or other MIDI-controllable switches, you can create a page of buttons that control this device. You don't necessarily need to devote a whole page to a device, but this tutorial will assume that you want to use a whole page.

Create the Button Page

  1. First, go to the Globals Tab and find the Max Button Page parameter. This shows the highest numbered page that you're using right now. Increment this number by 1. If you're replacing an existing page, you can skip this step.
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  2. Now, go the the Buttons Tab. Use the page selector at the bottom of the tab to select the page that you wish to work on.
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  3. Right click on a button (Ctrl-click on a Mac), and choose Assign CC, then your device name from the submenu that pops up, and the function you wish to control from the submenu that pops up.
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  4. Repeat the above step for each button you wish to assign.

Accessing the Page

Now that you have a button page created, you need to be able to display that page when you need it. There are several ways to do this, and you can use one or more methods in the same configuration.

Page Up/Page Down Buttons

Page Up and Page Down buttons are the simplest way to access your button pages. These allow you to scroll from page to page as you tap the button. The Mastermind GT has a Page / IA Store button by default, which is a Page Up button that has a second function when held. The Mastermind PBC does not have Page Up or Down buttons by default, but you can use them if you like.

To assign a Page Up or Page Down button, do the following:

  1. Go the Buttons Tab
  2. Use the page selector at the bottom of the window to select the button page where you want to have this page button.
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  3. Double-click the button you wish to convert to a Page button
  4. Set the Button Type option to Page Up, Page Down or Page/IA Store as desired.
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  5. If desired, you can set the Min Page and Max Page limits. This controls the range of pages that the page button accesses. If you want the Page buttons to access all button pages, set the Min Page and Max Page parameters to the same number.

Usually, you will want a page button to be global. That is, the button should appear on every button page so you can always switch to the next page. To do this, turn on the Global checkbox.

Click Done when you're finished editing the button.

Page Menu Button (GT Only)

On the Mastermind GT, you can have a Page Menu button. When pressed, it displays a list of your available button pages which you can use to select the page to view.

To assign a Page Menu button, do the following:

  1. Go the Buttons Tab
  2. Use the page selector at the bottom of the window to select the button page where you want to have this page button.
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  3. Double-click the button you wish to convert to a Page Menu button
  4. Set the Button Type option to Page Menu.
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If you want this button to appear on every button page, turn on the Global checkbox.

Click Done when you're finished editing the button.

IA Button with Page Action

You can use an IA Button to jump to a specific button page instead of cycling through a range of pages, like the Page Up/Down buttons do.

To set up an IA button to jump to a page, follow these steps:

  1. Go the Buttons Tab
  2. Use the page selector at the bottom of the window to select the button page where you want to have this page button.
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  3. Double-click the button you wish to convert to a IA button
  4. Set the Button Type option to IA
  5. Turn off all checkboxes except Momentary, which should be turned on. A button that selects a page should never turn on and stay on, it should only trigger when pressed. This is why Momentary is selected here.
  6. In the IA Actions section at the bottom of the window, select any actions that are in the gray box to the left. Select each line and click Remove Action to delete it.
  7. Now, click New Action, and set Action Type to System and Subtype to Page
  8. Set the page number to the desired page.
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Set up a Group of Buttons that Recall Presets on a Device

You can set up some buttons that change presets on a specific MIDI device, without the need to change presets on your Mastermind. There are two ways to do this. The instructions assume you are putting the buttons on an existing button page. If you need to add a new button page, follow the instructions found in the Create a Button Page that Controls a Device section.

Using Device PC+ and Device PC- Buttons

The Device PC+ and Device PC- button types will let you move through the presets on a single MIDI device. Each press advances up or down one preset as appropriate, sending a MIDI PC (Program Change) message to the device.

On the Mastermind GT, the button will display the current PC number (and bank number, if appropriate) for the device.

On the Mastermind LT and PBC, the current PC and bank will be displayed briefly in the main display if you have the Show Button Names global parameter turned on.

To set buttons to Device PC+ and PC- types, go to the Buttons Tab and double-click the button you wish to edit. The Button Edit Page will pop up. Set the button type to Device PC + or Device PC -. Below the Button Type dropdown menu, there will now be a Device dropdown menu. Select the device you wish to control using this menu.

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You can repeat this, creating PC+ and PC- buttons for any devices you wish.

Saving Device PC+/PC- Settings

When you use an IA Store button, the PC number for each device will be stored to the current Mastermind preset. When you return to that preset, the devices will return to the last saved PC. In the PBC/10's factory configuration, holding the Loops button will store your IA state and PC numbers. On the LT and PBC/6X, holding the Function button will store IA state and PC numbers.

Using IA buttons

You can also set things up so that there are individual buttons that select specific presets on a device. You can do this with IA buttons.

First, go to the Buttons Tab and double click the first button you wish to have control your device. The Button Edit Page will pop up.

First, set the Button Type parameter to IA.

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Next, set the Group parameter to a group number that is not being used elsewhere.

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Also make sure the Send on Preset Change and Update on Preset Change checkboxes are checked. This allows you to save the on/off state of these buttons in each preset and have the device PC automatically recalled when you change presets.

Next, in the Actions section at the bottom of the window, delete any actions in the action list on the left side. Click on each action, then click Remove Action to delete it.

Now, click New Action. Set Action Type to PC. Set Device to the desired device. Set PC Number (off) to None, and set PC Number (on) to the PC number you want this button to select on the device.

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Repeat this for each button you wish to set up to send PCs to your device. Make sure that each of these buttons is assigned the same group number. This will insure that only one button in the group can be on at any time.

The last thing you need to do is set up the button group, This is done in the Globals Tab. At the bottom left of the window, select the group number you used for your buttons, then make sure that Send Off messages and Allow all buttons off are not checked for that group.

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Option 1: Send a different preset when all buttons are turned off

You can set up the button group so that pressing the currently selected button again will turn the button off, switching the effect device to a certain preset. Usually, this is a preset that has no effect or is bypassed, but it can be any preset you wish.

First, in the Globals Tab, turn the Allow all buttons off checkbox ON for the group you're using. Make sure Send Off msgs is still turned off.

Next, edit each of the buttons you're using to control the device. Go the action list, select the PC action and set the PC Number (off) parameter to the number of the desired preset.

Option 2: Turn a loop off when all buttons are turned off

This option allows you to automatically control an effect loop so that it turns on when you select a preset on the device. The loop will turn off when you press the currently selected button again, turning the button off.

First, go to the Globals Tab, turn the Allow all buttons off checkbox ON for the group you're using. Make sure Send Off msgs is still turned off.

Next, you need to edit the buttons to perform the desired action:

To send a MIDI CC message to a switcher: On each button that controls your effect, add a second action that sends the desired CC number. If your switcher is in the device database, you can press Add CC Action, then select your device and CC number in the window that pops up.

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To control a Mastermind PBC loop: In each button that controls your effect, add a second action that controls the loop containing your effect. Press New Action, then set Action Type to Audio. Next, set Subtype to Loop and set your loop number. Make sure Off Value is set to OFF and On Value is set to ON.

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