Select Drambo projects via Bank/Program Change messages

edited June 2022 in Feature Wish-lists

It would be awesome if you could select a Drambo project via midi. Generally this would allow folks to use Drambo easily in their hardware setups without having it be the brains.

My specific use case: use Drambo on a phone, running a single synth and sequenced via hardware. Using Drambo as an AUv3 in AUM on the iPhone is a poor user experience compared to running it standalone.

Being able to do this all in Drambo make it more competitive with hardware synths like the 1010 Fireball / Lemondrop.

Anyways, I know there are so many awesome things out there to work on, but I thought I'd capture some details on this.


  • edited June 2022

    p.s. Being able to buy an iPhone 6s for $50 USD is pretty wild. Still can run the latest OS and has a headphone jack. Such an awesome option for a portable synth.

  • Agreed and there still are enough parts to keep them going.

    The battery in my one became swollen so I got it repaired this afternoon.

    It also doubles up as an effects processor which is really handy.

    Being able to go through instrument/processor/midi rack presets using a midi controller would be cool.

    I'm not so sure about whole projects though.

    Still, dRambo is lightweight enough to hold quite a few synths

    in one project which could be used multi-trimbrally.

  • I think both selecting whole projects via midi and selecting rack presets via midi would be useful.

    Selecting whole projects make sense because that's how most hardware works, so it would situate Drambo better in the music hardware environment.

    I could work with both for this current setup since I'm not doing sequencing internally.

  • I'm thinking as a live performer, there's more to go wrong with midi switching

    whole projects than presets though I do agree both would advantageous.

  • Yea they can be a bit harrowing. I've had pretty good success doing program changes from one piece of gear to another, but I see why some folks just load presets manually.

    Projects-based program changes are more scary for me when creating patches. If you forget your setup, you can resend the program change and it'll wipe out your work. I think if Drambo did an auto-save before the program change it could even handle this.

  • When projects are honed to perfection then creating a dedicated performance folder

    could make the difference at the moment though I wouldn't risk whole projects.

    The feeling of something going wrong in front of thousands of people is not fun for the performer.

    I've been there.

  • so there is no way to switch presets using midi ??

    the racks are not responsive to PC ?


  • MIDI controlled preset switching has been requested already and I'm sure it will be added in a future release.

  • 🤞yes :)

  • Another option would be to host Drambo in an environment like AUM or Camelot Pro and use one of those for preset switching.

  • @rs2000 Hope you're keeping well. Any news on this? For me lack project change via midi PC is the barrier preventing integration of Drambo into a live setup.

  • BTW, The PC receive implementation on the Virsyn Tera Pro running standalone is excellent: Prefix the preset names with #000 to #127 and voila.

  • I’m hosting Drambo in Loopy pro, which loads projects using PC messages coming from Circuit Tracks. It works well but of course this doesn’t allow for hosting plugins in Drambo.

  • Same request for me, for now I can't use Drambo in my live voice+guitar setup (I'm using a mix of physical midi pedals + my iPad) since Drambo is the one and only piece of gear I have that does not respond to midi program changes for switching presets live from a midi controller. In my specific situation I would then need full project change in Drambo so that I can press a button on my midi foot controller and switch to next song presets in both my physical midi pedals and Drambo.

    For now I could use AUM preset change with embedded Drambo as an AUv3 but then I can't use AUv3 instrument inside the Drambo instance, which is why I like Drambo (being able to create full instruments from different AUv3 and Drambo synths in a combined rack)

    This is a very blocking issue that makes me stay away from Drambo today but I may use Drambo as my central iPad app (standalone) once program change is implemented, soo really looking forward for that feature, hope it will arrive very soon.

  • I still need this in 2023. I'd love to be able to select Drambo presets with my Novation Launchpad Pro MkIII.

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