Using Pyramids pads to output multiple Midi Channels?

Hey! Thanks for having me.
Is it possible to use Pyramid’s pads to output to multiple midi channels simultaneously? Specifically i want Pad 1 to channel 1, Pad 2 to channel 2 etc.
This is inspired by the Korg Electribe’s ‘trigger’ mode where each pad plays a different sound with a C4 note. I want to use this to be able to bash out drumbeats in LIVE mode where pad 1 is a kick, pad 2 is a snare and so forth.

Is this possible or is there a workaround?
Thanks in advance!

no, pads are always notes… the midi channel is a fixed attribute of the track.

I cannot think of a reasonable workaround on the Pyramid, since its requires different tracks. (*)
(its not really what the Pyramid was designed for…)

you could send a feature request to Squarp via the contact form, see if its a feature they’d like to add to the Pyramid.

outside of the Pyramid, you could get something like a BomeBox or Blokas Midihub.
these are midi processor, so could take the different note outputs from the pyramid and convert them into notes on different midi channels.
This would be my approach…
(Ive a blokas Midihub, and find it fantastic for this kind of midi mangling :slight_smile: )


(*) k, you could do something with a midi loopback (pyramid midi out-> midi in),
then one track sends to multiple other tracks, with different midi channels, and uses a note filter on each track so that it ‘hears’ one note.

so track 16-> midi B (connected to midi in on pyramid)
track 1-8, output on midi A 1-8, then use a note filter fx to only process one note, then a scale fx to move the note to C4.

but honestly, this a huge faff, and not something I would do … and might have some latency.

@thetechnobear is right, although another external option is the Retrokits RK-002 Active MIDI Cable - https://retrokits.com/shop/rk002/

Essentially it’s a MIDI cable with a tiny Arduino chip inside it. There are loads of custom programs other people have written here https://duy.retrokits.com/ including this one, which will map certain zones on MIDI notes to specific channels - https://duy.retrokits.com/d7376c83-c51e-40fb-9e51-5fffbf32c484/ - but you can also program your own if you know Arduino code, or edit an existing one if you don’t know it that well but are patient and are decent at working things out.

I’d had one of these for ages as I originally bought it for the first firmware, which was for the Volca Sample, but just got back into using it to resolve an issue with my MIDI keyboard only having one channel output (now program changes change the MIDI channel!) and wholeheartedly recommend for reasonably simple MIDI manipulation without having to invest a whack oh money.

Thanks very much for the detailed/innovative replies guys. You both sure know how to think outside the box! :sweat_smile: