i2M musicport


i2M musicport—MIDI Converter & Hi-Z USB Audio Interface

Desktop Editor Software

The MIDI converter architecture of the i2M musicport is very flexible and powerful. To enable you to make full use of this, we have provided a Desktop Editor Software application that runs on both Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX. You can run this beside your other audio applications to give you quick and simple access to any configuration parameters you want to adjust on the i2Mmusicport.

Full details of the Desktop Editor Software are provided in the pdf manual. This section gives a brief introduction to what's possible.

Operating Modes

There are four "Operating Modes" (presets) that can be configured. The current mode is shown by the LED logo on the i2M musicport, and modes can be selected by using the button next to the LED logo. The active mode can also be shown, changed, and edited using the Desktop Editor Software, as shown below.

Each mode lets you configure the instrument, which optimises detection range and parameters for particular instrument types. You can also assign a "MIDI Configuration" (a combination of MIDI zone settings) to each mode.

By default, the modes are configured to give out-of-the-box functionality the same as the Sonuus G2M (guitar mode) and Sonuus B2M (5-string bass mode). But it is simple to change this.

MIDI Configurations (Zones)

A MIDI Configuration is a set of six MIDI zones. Each zone has identical parameters but are processed in parallel and can be configured independently.

The simplest use for (and default setting of) zones is to have one MIDI Configuration set for pitch bend, and one MIDI Configuration set for chromatic mode. With each assigned to a different mode, you can switch between pitch-bend and chromatic mode simply by toggling modes.

However, there are many more uses for zones:

  1. Layer several zones with different MIDI channels to control different MIDI instruments.

  2. Use the same MIDI channel, but different transpose setting to play thick chords while only playing one note on your instrument.

  3. Use one zone with transpose of -12 or -24 to play fast bass lines. You can play higher-pitched notes which can be tracked more quickly, while sending lower-pitched notes to your synthesizer.

  4. Use the "Gate" feature to split your instrument into several regions where different notes trigger different software instruments on different MIDI channels.

Setup and Utility

Various utility features let you configure the input preamp gain, settings used for the MIDI hold function, and other features of the i2M musicport.

The settings of the i2M musicport can be saved to, and loaded from, files. This lets you backup your configurations and allows you to exchange favourite setups with other i2M musicport users.