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Old 05-17-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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Default easiest way to use a usb joystick/ controller with reaper?

I have a saitek p880 gaming pad and would like to use it with reaper.

http://www.greengenerationelectronic...-Game-Pad.html

whats the easiest way to do this?

with built in joystick support or with a 3rdp art program?
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:30 AM   #2
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:50 AM   #3
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is it possible to use my joystick in conjunction with the virtual midi keyboard for triggering notes/drums via battery 3?

could I use the right dpad to go to the next note and one of the buttons to trigger drum samples?

i managed to use a generic script with reaper, but is not how i expected it to be

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Old 05-19-2011, 09:52 AM   #4
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either this is an incredibly hard & unfamiliar question, or its a familiar & borderline idiotic one.
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:49 AM   #5
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I guess I dont understand how that would function. What would it be controlling? Do you want to change MIDI values with the joystick?

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Old 05-19-2011, 11:56 AM   #6
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I have a saitek p880 gaming pad and would like to use it with reaper.

http://www.greengenerationelectronic...-Game-Pad.html

whats the easiest way to do this?

with built in joystick support or with a 3rdp art program?
How about this:
http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=44782

I built something similar and use it with autohotkey to emulate the Option and Control buttons for my BCF2000 in mackie emulation.
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:27 PM   #7
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I guess I dont understand how that would function. What would it be controlling? Do you want to change MIDI values with the joystick?

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like for example, I'm not sure how this would work. But I have drum samples loaded in battery. Which could be controlled via typing keyboard to virtual midi keyboard, I want to trigger these drums using my p880, problem is not enough buttons for every note. so, i would use the right dpad direction on to move to next set of notes.. I could use the analog sticks for move the play cursor left and right, and so forth. things like that
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:29 PM   #8
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How about this:
http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=44782

I built something similar and use it with autohotkey to emulate the Option and Control buttons for my BCF2000 in mackie emulation.
Just dont have time to build anything as of now
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:04 PM   #9
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http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=37629& 3rd party app

http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=41416& script for use with reapers own joy2midi features

i personally use a joy2KEY app which allowed me to map shift ctl and alt to buttons for quick use etc. and the right analog stick's axis i've set to be zoom vert and horiz for quick zooming.


should help you!
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:31 PM   #10
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can joy2midi recognize mouse clicks? i know the right click controls previous/ next set of keys re: the virtual kb
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:45 PM   #11
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tried using the joy2key but nothing happens when i try to map shit to my p880 controller
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:01 PM   #12
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which app you using btw?

i used 'joy2key' as a generic term for a joystick to keyboard app.

i happen to use 'total game control' have done for years, but there are others that do a fine job too. i may remember where it was mentioned in forum, [cue search...]

aha. xpadder.
http://www.xpadder.com/
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:36 PM   #13
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yea i was gonna say xpadder too. very easy to map any controller functions to keyboard or mouse commands. and free for the older but totally functional version
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Old 05-21-2011, 03:02 AM   #14
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got it workin with this http://images.techtree.com/ttimages/...der-Plug-a.jpg

and joy2key

I did a vocal recording session yesterday and lemme tell you... I will never use a mouse to run a DAW EVER again!!!

I need me a mouse like yours OP... The amount of tricks that can be pulled off that gaming pad is CRAZY!! Use Ctrl/Alt/Shift/Enter on the 4 buttons in the front to multiply the number of functions on the white buttons
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dare i mention that the wiimote has been found to work as a mouse pointer under windows with generic bluetooth drivers?
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:25 AM   #16
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I wonder why can't one simply put in the script what CC you want at which button? They didn't make it really easy for us. I'm not a programmer, too. For instance, instead of playing the notes, I'd like to use the buttons to control transport controls. It's so obvious and I wonder why nobody thought about it. I've got Logitech Dual Action gamepad, and it's got nice red, green, yellow and blue buttons that simply becon you to use them as transport buttons. I have no idea how to "program" that and it's driving me mad.

They should have made it much more simple. Like, in the worst case, that you have to edit some *.cfg or *.ini file and write something like

Button1=CC50
Button2=CC51
XAxis1=CC73
XAxis2=CC74
...

Now that's very easy to understand, innit? )

I mean, gamepads are so handy and cheap, why not using them properly in Reaper?

I really tried to understand those scripts, and I'm not so new to programming, but there's no way I could figure it out how to simply assign at least those 4 buttons to different CCs so I could control the transport with them. Playing notes with them is absurd! I've got a MIDI keyboard for that...

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That's really cool!! I'm going to build one. Thanks
for posting the link.

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Old 02-10-2012, 10:50 PM   #18
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Dux, were you ever able to use your gamepad as a transport controller? I also have a Logitech Dual Action gamepad, and I would like to use it as a transport controller (although, I would like to use it as a surface controller, too, selecting tracks and then moving the sliders and faders).
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:05 PM   #19
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I was able to use it *either* as a transport controller or a synth controller, but not both at the same time as this would imply "fusing" the two scripts "generic" and the one in this thread together somehow. I was actually on my way of doing it, and I even figured out the programming language somewhat, but I got distracted with work and forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me. I might just finish the "fusion project" and then post it here when I find the time.

My goal is to use a gamepad to control the transport with red,blue,green and yellow buttons, next and previous track with "<" and ">" buttons, and all analog and digital joysticks for CC messages to synths so I could control whatever the parameters I want in real time rather than putting them in by hand [mouse].

In other words, I will use the parts of "generic" script for controlling the transport, and parts of "logitech gamepad" script for CC messages, if I remember correctly. I have a keyboard to play notes. Who's "brilliant" idea was that to play notes with the gamepad. lol It would really be infinitely more useful to send out CC messages of your choice, or preset choice, doesn't matter, but CC messages, not notes. Probably left analog joystick for pitch and modulation wheel, and right joystick for CCs from 70-74. Yeeah, that would be awesome.

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