If your an instrumentalist you want to keep your hands free and control the looper from a foot pedal, or you may just want to have more tactile feedback and control the volume with physical faders.
Most professional MIDI controllers are supported by Quantiloop. The requirements for your controller are as follows:
- Changing Presets: PC messages
- All looper actions: (Rec/Play/Dub, Stop, Toggle Fx etc): CC messages or Note On/Off messages.
NOTE: Although latching controllers are supported Momentary CC messages are preferred as this will allow the assignment of “hold” actions to a controller, which enhanced the possibilities.
- Volume, Pan, etc: CC messages
NOTE: that controllers that only support PC messages (typically some entry level controllers that are only meant for changing presets) cannot be used to control the looper
Examples of supported controllers are: AIRTURN MIDI compatible controllers (see below), Line-6 Helix, FCB-1010, SoftStep, IRIG Blueboard and many many more.
If your looking for a wireless MIDI controller, then our recommendation is the AIRTURN BT200S series of controllers. These are robust controllers that offer sturdy yet silent switches, the lowest possible latency, are rechargeable and support any MIDI message you can think of.
The BT200S-6 is our personal favourite. With six buttons you can assign each track to its own switch., and start/stop and rhythm to the remaining switches.
However if you prefer a more compact pedal the BT200S-4 and even the BT200S-2 may also be an option. Or use a couple of them together. You can connect up to 8 pedals simultaneously to Quantiloop.
The instructions below apply to the BT200-S series. However simular procedures apply to other AIRTURN MIDI capable pedals. For detailed instructions operating your specific pedal please check your pedal’s manual.
To connect the pedal with Quantiloop:
- Power on the AIRTURN
- Be sure that the AIRTURN is in Mode 7 (Hold down the mode button for 7 blinks of the red light)
- In Quantiloop tap on the MIDI Input connector. Then select Bluetooth MIDI to show all avaiable Bluetooth MIDI devices.
- Find the AIRTURN in the device list and tap on it.
- If requested, tap on the Pair button in the dialog box
Assing MIDI control actions in Quantiloop:
- Open the MIDI control assignments window in Quantiloop by tapping on the MID input connector, followed by tapping MIDI control Assignments.
- For each switch on your Airturn:
- Create a new assignment, or open an existing assignment.
- Tap Learn. Then quickly press and release the desired switch on your AIRTURN.
Quantiloop will automatically detect the correct MIDI command.
- Now assign your desired action, hold action and double tap action and press save.
Ensure a minimum amount of latency:
To ensure that all your commands are handles with the least amount of latency set your AIRTURN ’Connection Speed to Fast Response from with the AIRTURN manager App.
Reconfiguring your AIRTURN commands:
For basic operation there is no need to reconfigure the AIRTURN commands. As long as the pedal is set to Mode 7 all factory default actions will work with Quantiloop.
However in some setups you may want to reconfigure the commands sent because they may conflict with other apps in your setup,. Or you may want to use multiple AIRTURNS with Quantiloop.
In this case you may reconfigure the AIRTURN to send different messages then the defaults.
To do so:
- Open the AIRTURN Manager app on your device and connect it to your AIRTURN
- Configure each switch to perform a single action. Multiple actions will confuse Quantiloop.
- Each button should be configure to send either a momentary CC message or Note On/Off message.
More information about Airturn can be found on the AirTurn Bluetooth Pedal Website.