Midi CC Guide

Midi CC Guide

If you’re interested in writing music using a DAW and aren’t familiar with MIDI CC, here’s a quick easy guide that I found online. I also have something similar printed out at the studio I work at because every once in awhile, I hear “Justin, what’s the Midi CC for Foot Pedal?” etc… So it’s good to have a list nearby.  You can usually find CC lists for hardware synths as well.  The Nord Stage 2 occasionally will dump all sorts of CC into Digital Performer and this can wreck havoc when running that midi track to a different software synthesizer. List of Standard MIDI Continuous Controllers (CCs) 0 Bank Select (MSB)  Never re-route anything to Controller 0.  It will mess up your program changes. 1 Modulation Wheel or Joystick (positive polarity) (MSB)  Can be effectively remapped to other controllers on some synths 2 Breath controller sometimes Joystick (negative polarity) (MSB)  Can be effectively remapped to other controllers on some synths 4 Foot Pedal (MSB)  Don’t mess with it 5 Portamento Time (MSB)  Only use this for portamento time 6 Data Entry (MSB)  Better leave this one alone too. 7 Volume (MSB)  If you re-route to Controller 7, your software mixer will mess up 8 Balance (MSB)  Some synths use it 10 Pan position (MSB) If you re-route to Controller 10, your software mixer will mess up 11 Expression (MSB)  Roland synths use it.  Some synths use it for LFOs, some for crescendo/ decrescendo (loudness).  Sometimes routed to keyboard aftertouch. Also, Spitfire’s amazing sounding orchestral instruments seem to use CC11 for overall volume.  Which it seems CC7 also does fine, but in case you don’t want your faders moving...