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External devices ► Setting up control surfaces

1.
Go to Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices.
2.
In the Inputs list, make sure that the MIDI Input driver or drivers that your controller/surface uses are selected.
3.
If you have a bi-directional controller/surface (one that both sends and receives data in order to control a software application), also make sure that the MIDI Output driver or drivers that the controller/surface uses are enabled in the Outputs pane on the right side of the dialog box.
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In SONAR, go to Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Control Surfaces.
3.
Click the Add Controller/Surface button , which opens the Controller/Surface Settings dialog box.
4.
In the Controller/Surface field of the Controller/Surface Settings dialog box, find the name of your controller/surface, and select it. However, if you want to use Active Controller Technology, or if your controller/surface is not listed, select either the Cakewalk Generic Surface or the ACT MIDI Controller.
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In the Input Port and Output Port fields, select which MIDI input and output ports the controller/surface uses.
Note 1: You may need to read the documentation for your controller/surface to find out which MIDI input driver your controller/surface uses to control software applications. If your controller/surface includes a MIDI keyboard, your controller/surface might use one MIDI input driver for the controller/surface functions, and a different MIDI input driver to send MIDI notes and pitch bend data to the application (the piano keyboard functions).
6.
Click OK to close the Controller/Surface Settings dialog box.
7.
In the Preferences dialog box, make sure that both the ACT and WAI check boxes are enabled, and click Close.
Important: If your controller/surface needs to be in a certain mode, or have a certain memory preset loaded in order to control a software application, put your controller/surface in the proper mode or load the required memory preset now.
Now that your controller/surface is connected, you can see which tracks and/or buses are being controlled by it by looking at the colored markings (the WAI display; see The WAI display for more information) in SONAR’s interface.
If you selected the ACT MIDI Controller plug-in or the Cakewalk Generic Surface plug-in for your controller/surface, you can load a default set of mappings by opening the property page for either plug-in, and selecting the name of your controller/surface from the Presets window in the property page.
1.
Go to Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Control Surfaces.
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Under Control Strips Visible in, click one of the following:
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Track View. The controller/surface matches the channel strips that are visible in the Track view.
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Console View. The controller/surface matches the channel strips that are visible in the Console view.
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All Strips. The controller/surface shows all channel strips in the project.
1.
Go to Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Control Surfaces.
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In the Controller/Surface column, click the name of the controller/surface that you want to disconnect.
3.
Click the Delete button , which deletes the name of the controller/surface that you selected.
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Click Close.
You may want to increase the value of this Cakewalk.ini variable if you are experiencing sluggish UI responsiveness when using a control surface and playing back high CPU projects.
This variable should be set in the [Wincake] section. For example:

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