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The Configure External Devices window is where you set up any external MIDI controller, such as a keyboard or a control surface, and any external MIDI interfaces, if you happen to use one, which I do in my home studio. I will click on the hyperlink and up pops a dialog box allowing me to add my MIDI controller. Here is a list of popular gear manufactures, and I'm using an M-Audio Axiom Pro keyboard. I will select Axiom Pro keyboard, and you'll notice that above the Axiom Pro keyboard is Axiom Pro. And Axiom Pro simply refers to the control surface part of the Axiom Pro keyboard.
My device model, M-Audio Axiom Pro keyboard, gear manufacturer M-Audio and device name Axiom Pro keyboard all pop up in the dialogue box in the right hand column. I will leave all 16 midi channels active. This is Studio One's default setting, and underneath Receive From, I will click down and choose Axiom Pro USB AN. This is allowing me to input MIDI information from the keyboard to Studio One. I will leave Send to set to none because were not going to send MIDI information from Studio One back to the Axiom Pro keyboard.
I will click Okay, and now the Axiom Pro keyboard has been added to my list of external devices. If I don't have access to a keyboard or a MIDI control surface, let's say I'm traveling on an airplane, I can simply add the qwerty keyboard. And the qwerty keyboard will allow me to input MIDI data from the computer's keyboard. And now both of these are configured as external devices. I'll click Okay. In the event that your external device is not found on the list of popular gear manufacturers, all you have to do is click Add > New Keyboard, and input your device model, manufacturer and device name and set your MIDI channels, Receive From and Send To accordingly.
So spend a few minutes configuring your external MIDI device prior to setting up your new song. Of course if you need to add a controller or control surface down the road, all you have to do is come back to the start page and do what we just did, clicking on the configure external devices hyperlink and adding your control surface.
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