FAQ for Control Freak Original Editor

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Why am I having trouble sending programs to the Control Freak?

The Control Freak editor sends program data to the Control Freak hardware using a long MIDI SysEx message. Unfortunately, on Mac systems, the built-in system MIDI drivers seem to have a problem not corrupting long MIDI messages. In our experience, MIDI interfaces that claim to be “plug and play”, and therefore don’t require you to install any drivers, do NOT sucessfully handle long MIDI messages.

If you are troubleshooting your own setup, we highly recommend using the free MIDI Monitor to check what MIDI messages are being sent are received. Also, it may help you to know the exact length of the SysEx message you should be seeing when you send (or receive) a program dump. For the Control Freak Studio Edition it should be 6280 bytes long, and for the Original version it should be 3208 bytes long.

For the record, we have tested the following MIDI interfaces in-house. We will be happy to expand this list with reports from users about other interfaces that either work or don’t work.


Working for Long SysEx Messages

- MOTU MicroLite


NOT Working for Long SysEx Messages

- EMU Xmidi 1x1 Tab
- M-Audio ProFire 2626


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