asked Jan 13 '16 at 23:01 by _ttc_ (71)

When using external hardware synths, there are several things I'm trying to do:

  1. Assign CC data to knobs on my Nektar P4 and/or assign CC data to a macro (which can then be easily assigned to a control on the P4)
  2. Rename Automation Lanes - for example on my Polysix/Kiwisix, CC #41 controls the filter cutoff frequency - can I change the name of that automation lane from cc 41 to "Filter Cutoff"?
  3. Related to the above, what would be ideal is to map external hardware devices as described above, then save them as a "Hardware Instrument" preset, so all the CC data/automation name lanes/etc are all present when the preset is loaded.

Any insight on these issues/requests would be much appreciated!


To my discovery this is how i am doing it:

I create an instrument layer container, add in an VST called CC-Rider (windows only), there are a more extensive and mult platform plug from Blue Cat, however not having the money for that atm. - CC-Rider is free.

Chain in an "Hardware Instrument" after the CC-Rider, and save the whole container as a preset.

If you want to do i.e. Step MOD of the CC's you can make a chain like this: Instrument Layer -> Step MOD -> CC-Rider -> Hardware Instrument. i will add an screenshot as an example.

Now you can modulate any of the 127 CC's of the midi instrument.

making macros should now be possible.

CC-Rider DL:


answered Mar 06 '16 at 18:37 by ehasting (41)

edited Mar 06 '16 at 18:41

I've been using cc rider to map the macro rotary knobs to the controls of an emulator x3 vst plugin because the plugin doesn't listen to further CC changes after a note has been played (e.g. pad strings with cutoff modulating in bitwig won't work, but it will listen to received midi CC changes)

CC rider however seems not very efficient as it introduces random lag even when not actively being twiddled on. I just noticed this on a pattern I have with 16 steps of 16th notes which are sent into Emu X3 to a hihat. It sounds like the swing is enabled, for a moment I even thought I had forgotten to switch off the swing button, but after a while I noticed that when I delete the CC rider plugin from the track, it plays perfectly in sync.

I'm now looking for an alternative to CC rider..


answered Aug 26 '16 at 16:56 by aykutc (11)

Its a year later so I thought I'd give this a bump...

Does anyone know of a way to do 2. from the first post using native bitwig? ie. "change the name of that automation lane from cc 41 to Filter Cutoff" (obviously Filter Cutoff is just an example here.)

I'm using many midi-CC devices and setting up cc controllers which I can name in the midi-cc device and preset panels, so all I really want is for those names to appear in the automation lane drop-down list. I was surprised when it didn't work like that and assumed I had done something wrong - but then I read this and other posts where similar questions were asked.

thanks for any ideas David


answered Dec 08 '17 at 14:33 by djx (127)

This looks like a viable workaround: Using a bunch of macro modulators to drive the midi-cc devices and automating the macros shows the macro names in the automation lanes. I can live with that.



answered Dec 16 '17 at 12:31 by djx (127)

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Asked: Jan 13 '16 at 23:01

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