Alesis Crimson II | Mapping the Crimson II Hi-Hat in Logic Pro X

The Crimson II drum kit has the opportunity to function as a MIDI controller in any DAW of your choice! However, you may experience some issues with some of the mappings of the Crimson II controls in some software. In this article, we will walk through the process of properly MIDI assigning the Crimson II kit's Hi-Hat in Logic Pro X. Let's get started!

 

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Default Trigger Assignments 

The Crimson module will send a default MIDI message when a pad is struck. This will be important to know when adapting your drum module to trigger third-party software, like Logic's Drum Designer plugin, Superior Drummer, and more. Below are the default trigger assignments for the Crimson II drum module, but you can also find this in the user guide. 

Each trigger (i.e. drum, cymbal, etc.) will send a particular MIDI number. These numbers can also be translated or understood as MIDI notes, which may be necessary to understand in order to map with a particular DAW or other software. Below is a chart that displays the MIDI note to message conversion, 

If you have more questions on MIDI messages or protocol, you can find more tips and basic details here!

 

Preparing your Drum module

Notice in the Default Assignments sections above, that the Hi-Hat Open and Hi-Hat Closed triggers both send a MIDI Message of #8 or G#-2. Because of this any software will be unable to distinguish between the hi-hat open and hi-hat closed triggers. Before we can map the functionality of the trigger, we must assign a different MIDI message to one of these functions. 

  1. Press the Menu button on your module, then toggle down to Trigger and press Enter to enter the Trigger Settings menu.
  2. Use the knob to change the selected trigger to Hi-Hat.
  3. Press the Down button and select MIDI Note.
  4. Use the Data Dial (big knob) to change the assigned MIDI note. In most cases, and for this example, MIDI note 009 (or A-2) will work.

From here, you have manually adjusted the MIDI assignment for the open Hi-hat within your module! Your Open & closed positions will be sending separate MIDI messages. Now, let's map the Hi-hat within the Logic Pro X Drum Designer

 

Mapping the Crimson II Hi-Hat to Logic Pro X 

1. Connect your module to your power source, as well as USB into your computer to properly power on the module and connect to your computer. From there, logic will automatically assign MIDI parameters around the drum kit. However, we will need to adjust the Hi-hat!

 

2. Create a software instrument track in your Logic Pro X  project & insert the software instrument plugin that will be used to map your Crimson II drum kit. When selecting the software instrument, you can locate this plugin in the initial drop-down menu. You can also reassign your software instrument track's input on your software instrument's track, which is shown in the screenshot below;

 

 

3. Open the Scripter settings for the plugin. The Scripter settings are how we are going to be able to change the MIDI control for each piece of your drum kit. In order to access this, you will need to right-click the MIDI FX settings for your software instrument track. From there, you can scroll down to the Scripter setting. The screenshot below depicts the exact location.

 

 

4. From the Scripter setting mentioned in step 3, manually adjust the MIDI assignment for the Drum designer plugin. When opening the Scripter settings, you are able to see a window that displays the settings of the scripter 

 

 

From this window, you will need to access the drop-down menu of the scripter settings (where Factory Default is listed). In this drop-down menu, locate Drum Kit Designer Remapper, this will then access all of the script parameters for each piece of your drum kit. 

PLEASE NOTE: The hi-hat open position must be assigned to a MIDI note that is not already assigned to a separate piece of the drum kit designer remapper. Below is a list of the current script parameters for the Drum Kit Designer Remapper.

 

 

5. When scrolling down the Drum Kit Designer Remapper, locate the "Hi-hat Closed Tip" and the "Hi-hat Open Edge" for the hi-hat open & closed positions. From there, we can change the MIDI assignment for the hi-hat. First, start with adjusting the Hi-hat closed tip to G#-2 or MIDI note 008. This will lead to the hi-hat closed position being properly mapped in Logic.

 

After this, let's adjust the Hi-hat's open position! Recall step 5 and see which MIDI CC message you adjusted the hi-hat to, and then remap the "Hi-hat Open Edge" to the same now. Below is an example of the message change. (In this example, we are changing the MIDI note value of the open hi-hat to A-2 or MIDI note 009.)

 

 

Once you follow all of these instructions, the hi-hat pedal should have been properly remapped within the Logic Pro X software! Enjoy!

 

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