I have an old Peavey PC 1600x free-form controller unit, that has sixteen sliders, sixteen buttons and a large spinning “data wheel”, each of which can be programmed to send any controller data I want. (Also can send sysex data, program change data, etc. Very versatile!)
I want to set it up as a controller for remote control of my Cantabile sessions, as well as use it with my DAWs and VSTi instrument plugins. It allows the programming of several sets of the 16 sliders + 16 buttons + 1 data wheel, so I can create custom setups for different uses.
I was wondering what are good controller numbers to use? I looked at the MIDI controller map here and saw several “not used” items. I already use 4 and 12, 16 and 17 coming out of my Wavestation. I have been told that even though the ones above 64 are “traditionally” used for button controllers, that they CAN be used for continuous slider data as well.
With all the routing possibilities within Cantabile, I wanted to set up the Peavey with some standard seldom-used ones I could then redirect at will within Cantabile or use the learn functions of my VSTi instruments with. I am just hoping for a little guidance here, as I do not know what NOT to do!