Roland Fantom X6 Muting On/Off External Synthesizers

On the Fantom X6/7 you cannot mute external synthesizers triggered by the sequencer. You “can” mute in Song Edit mode the individual midi tracks but that process is not entirely practical for live use. By using RPS, you can create a pattern and write your own sysex messages which will be sent when triggered via the pads. This effectively allows you to mute on/off external synths in your live composition. It works very well.

Here’s a quick rundown from the video.

In Song Edit Mode you switch to PTN mode on the Roland Fantom X6.

There you create a pattern and insert a sysex string.

The sysex string for any particular synth can be found in the event window of MidiQuest 10 or 11. Just call up the synth ( it doesn’t have to be connected ) and press the button you wish to change. The sysex string will magically appear in the event window.

For the sake of this video I set PAD 1 to VOLUME OFF TRACK 1 and PAD 5 ( above it ) to VOLUME ON TRACK 1. I use the MIXER section on the Fantom X for dialing in specific volume levels.

You can insert any desired sysex string into any of the Patterns. You can even insert multiple sysex strings and have multiple commands happen at the same time.

Make sure you are in RPS mode and assign the Patterns to each pad like I mentioned above.

Be sure you set the PTN to trigger ONCE only in RPS mode. That’s all you need to trigger and send the sysex.

The all works BEAUTIFULLY for controlling external synths using sysex. The sky is the limit for all the custom possibilities.

Side Note: The video quality is a little bright and perhaps a tiny bit shaky. I’m still trying to get a handle on recording music videos. Over time I’m sure I’ll improve the quality and know how of it all. Thanks for watching!

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