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RME Fireface 800: No MIDI playback Audio Interfaces
Old 7th September 2007
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RME Fireface 800: No MIDI playback

Hi. I recently bought a Fireface 800 and when i play MIDI via any software like Cakewalk or Guitar Pro, there is no playback. Nothing moves in the mixer during playback. My default MIDI device is set to Fireface MIDI both in Windows 2000 and in the softwares. Is it normal? Do i have to use an external MIDI playback device that feeds MIDI back to the unit? Thanks.

EDIT: The MIDI/O led flashes each time a note is played in the software.
Old 7th September 2007
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The Midi signal itself doesn't actually make any sound. Midi is for triggering instruments. You can add a virtual instrument (VSTi or DXi) to your software's "synth rack" and set it up to receive midi from the Fireface midi port (omni or channel 1 usually works). Set the synth output to the Fireface analog out or headphone out and you should hear something when the midi note triggers the instrument.
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The Midi signal itself doesn't actually make any sound. Midi is for triggering instruments. You can add a virtual instrument (VSTi or DXi) to your software's "synth rack" and set it up to receive midi from the Fireface midi port (omni or channel 1 usually works). Set the synth output to the Fireface analog out or headphone out and you should hear something when the midi note triggers the instrument.

Thanks for the reply. I already tried that and it works but what i wonder is if there are actually General MIDI instruments integrated in the unit (like in a cheap Soundblaster for example) so that i don't have to use VSTi or DXi for playback.
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I think what i'm refering to is called "Soundfonts". Is it possible?
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Thanks for the reply. I already tried that and it works but what i wonder is if there are actually General MIDI instruments integrated in the unit (like in a cheap Soundblaster for example) so that i don't have to use VSTi or DXi for playback.
There are no onboard MIDI sounds. You need hardware or software synths.
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Thanks a lot, i'll look up for that.
Old 7th September 2007
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are actually General MIDI instruments integrated in the unit (like in a cheap Soundblaster for example) so that i don't have to use VSTi or DXi for playback.
Nope. The FF simply passes the midi data from your midi keyboard (controller) to your sequencer/vst synth.

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