Using 2 X-Touch extenders (Naming issues)

Using 2 X-Touch Extenders (Naming Issues)

This article aims to give you a step by step guide on how to connect X touch Extenders to your main X touch to use with your chosen DAW.

Due to the way that the X touch extenders are named when connected via USB, this can cause a connection issue within certain DAWs and the program will not allow you to use two of these with your main X-touch.
To connect more than one extender on a windows device, you first need to download a third party application such as rtpMIDI by Tobias Erichsen that will allow transmission of MIDI messages wirelessly. Apple devices have the ability to do this from factory (Using the MIDI suite) so there is no need to download another application.

https://www.tobias-erichsen.de/software/rtpmidi.html

Once this is downloaded, you will need to set up your extender to work Via a network connection. First connect your Extender to a router via an Ethernet connection, then power up while holding the select button on the first channel. From here you will need to select the control protocol you would like to use with the first encoder.
After this use the following encoders to select these settings;
Network > Mode > Slave > 5004
Once completed press select on channel one again and your Extender should begin searching for an IP address to connect to. Connect your Main X-touch and extender in Mackie Control, USB Mode.

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Next you will need to select your router that is connected to your extender as your network on your computer, open the rtpMIDI application, then follow the steps below;
  1. Under My Sessions, click the + and Create a new session, this can be named in the local name section on the right
  2. Click + on Directory
  3. Name the device you are adding, and insert the IP Address, ignoring 0’s, and then 5004. YOU MUST SEPARATE THE IP AND PORT WITH :
For example: xxx.xxx.xxx:5004
  1. Press Connect followed by the Enabled Tick box under session. You should then see your device and latency time in the Participants section.
  2. Open your chosen DAW and you should now be able to configure your control surfaces.

Your X-touch devices are now connected.

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When connecting to a mac, follow the same setup process for your extender, then;
  1. Go to the Audio Midi Setup, and under the window tab, select show Midi Studio.
  2. Double click network
  3. Click + on Directory
  4. Name the device you are adding, and insert the IP Address, ignoring 0’s, in the host section and then 5004 for the port.
  5. Press Connect followed by the Enabled Tick box under session. You should then see your device and latency time in the Participants section.
  6. Open your chosen and you should now be able to configure your control surfaces.
Your X-touch devices are now connected.
Please note, with Cubase, you will need to exit and reopen the program after setting up all 3 devices.
 
 
 

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