Q: How do I use the new MOTU MIDI Interfaces with Logic Audio and a USB-equipped Mac?

A: Download OMS 2.3.8 and FreeMIDI 1.43 from their respective Web sites, then follow these instructions:

  1. Trash any old OMS or FreeMIDI items, which includes preferences, control panels and applications.
  2. Install OMS 2.3.8 and then restart your computer, but do not launch OMS at this time this is very important.
  3. Now install FreeMIDI 1.43, restart, but do not launch FreeMIDI.
  4. Now you can turn on your MIDI interface with all your MIDI equipment powered up and connected correctly (this is also quite important), then launch and set up OMS. During the set up, you do not have to check the modem or printer port since you don't have any.

    If you followed these instructions correctly, your MIDI interface should show up after you run the set up procedure. Next:

  5. Trash your Logic Preferences.
  6. Now go into the Extensions Manager and turn off any FreeMIDI extensions (there should be three in all).
  7. Now launch Logic and tell it to use OMS. You may need to reset the I/O and sample rate preferences, since they were lost when you trashed the preference file.
  8. You should be ready to make some music.

Note that the Preference Folder, Control Panel Folder and Extensions Folder are located in the System Folder on your internal hard drive.

Q: How do I configure my JL Cooper DataSync and Digi 001 (running ProTools 5.0 LE)?

A: Follow along with us on this one:

  1. Connect the MIDI Out of the DataSync to a MIDI In on your MIDI interface or to the Digi 001's MIDI In and vice versa.
  2. Connect the light pipe cables between the Digi 001 card and the ADAT.
  3. Make sure you have both the 9-pin ADAT sync cables going to and from the DataSync.
  4. Configure OMS, making sure you have a DataSync on the appropriate OMS port and that you have the Sends / Receives MTC and MMC boxes checked. You can uncheck all the other settings for this device if you want.
  5. Depress the "MTC ON' button on the Datasync.
  6. In the Pro Tools Peripherals dialog, set the device to "Generic MTC Reader" and set the port to DataSync.

    With us so far? Good.

  7. In the Session Setup window, make sure your frame and sample rate matches the DataSync's. If you have an ADAT that allows you to always use the optical port as its sync source, go ahead and leave it set to use that port for its clock. In this case, set the Pro Tools sync mode to internal sync. If your ADAT does not allow this, then you will need to follow normal digital sync procedures (the device receiving the digital data should receive sync from the other, which should be using internal sync.
  8. To enable MIDI Machine Control of the DataSync (optional), enable it in Setup Peripherals Machine Control to DataSync. Leave the ID number at 127.
  9. Transport window machine=MMC.

Finally, go online and hit play. If you followed the procedure above, your ADAT should roll to position and begin playing. Pro Tools should play along. Note that this can be applied to an 001 to sync with a BRC as well.MOVING? MOVED? Call, fax or e-mail us your new address and don't miss an issue of Sweet Notes!