asked Oct 05 '16 at 01:09 by Mora (11)

Hi everybody! I'm trying to use my Roland SPD SX with the drum machine of Bitwig but the program is not receiving the midi signal. I'm using Ubuntu Studio 16.04 and with other midi keyboards there is no problem, but with the SPD SX still i cannot manage. Can someone please help me?

Hope to hear from you! Best, Luis

Have you checked in some midi monitor app whether any midi messages are sent by the Roland at all?

I had a similar problem with an Alesis Performance Pad once. Turned out the gate time of the notes was so short that Bitwig wouldn't play them. I ended up writing a controller script where I could configure gate timings myself. I don't know the Roland, but maybe the script works for it, too. The link is:


answered Oct 05 '16 at 09:26 by bufobufo (146)

Hey bufobufo, thanks for your answer. I did what you said but still Bitwig wont receive any midi signal from the SPD. Also, where it put the midi symbol with the arrow to the right and I have plug the SPD, the name of SPD SX control and SPD SX MIDI show up, so I think the computer can read that the SPD it's plug, but it's just the midi signal that is not arriving when i hit it.

  — (Oct 05 '16 at 10:43) Mora

Also, I don't know if it's relevant to try to install the driver via wine.. I don't know if that's actually possible

  — (Oct 05 '16 at 11:00) Mora

still no news? My spd sx doesn't work with bitwig.


answered Nov 28 '17 at 12:19 by Lmon_Tandon (91)

i have a solution. the notes are actually incoming, but they're to short for the devices maybe... so just put the midi effect "note length" on every track which you want to play with your spd-sx and it works. then you can put a note shifter to switch the octaves.


answered Feb 27 '18 at 19:09 by friedrichkörner (11)

edited Feb 27 '18 at 19:10

hi friedrich. that won't function in my case. Still no signalincoming. does it function for you?


answered Jul 18 '18 at 14:34 by Lmon_Tandon (91)

Have you tried using Virtual MIDI? I need to have this running in order to use MIDI in Bitwig on Linux. Works great once it is up and running though.

Check here:


answered Jan 09 '19 at 12:11 by scazan (11)

hey everyone! I found out that the Notes from the spd sx are to short to trigger sounds in bitwig. I put the bitwig's midi note fx device "note Length" before my drummachine in bitwig. set it up to 1/16. and now everything does work fine!


answered Jan 11 '19 at 12:59 by Lmon_Tandon (91)



answered Apr 07 '19 at 04:44 by blissbomb (11)

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