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Viewing topic "Motif 7 Classic: MIDI Controller in Reaper?"

Posted on: May 06, 2020 @ 10:35 PM
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Joined  05-06-2020
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Hi everyone,

Many moons ago I got a Motif 7, and I’ve just recently dug it back out and have hooked it up to my computer. I’m using Windows 10; the USB connection for the MIDI transfer; and the latest version of Reaper.

I’m transferring MIDI to Reaper, so that’s all fine. My question is about using the Motif as a MIDI controller.

I can assign in Reaper some of the Motif’s knobs, its sliders, its two wheels, and obviously its keys. But I cannot assign many other buttons, like for example the play/stop/record/seek buttons in the sequencer.

Perhaps more to the point, Remote Control does not work, as the Motif appears not to recognize Reaper as a DAW.

Can anyone tell me whether these are just unavoidable limitations of my setup?

Likewise, can anyone tell me if any of the old Motif software--like the Voice Editor--are compatible with Win 10?

I’m basically just trying to figure out how much I can get out of this keyboard both as a hardware synth, and as a MIDI controller.


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Posted on: June 05, 2020 @ 09:17 AM
Total Posts:  1
Joined  07-26-2009
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Not sure if you are still looking at this. Here is a post from 3 years ago where I was looking at using my Motif 6 as a control surface for Cakewalk Sonar. Turned out there are 3 midi ports on the Motif6. You may also want to go to as he helped me out. Azslow also migrated to Reaper, so may be able to help you now.

‘ Thanks!  I did find the Remote Control Assignments in the MOTIF manual.
Unfortunately for me, following the suggested setup found on page 256 in the MOTIF Manual has never worked for me in any of the versions of Sonar that I have had over the years.

And I think I have found out why.  AZ Controller is a control surface plug-in specifically written to run control surfaces out of Sonar.  The old, built-in Sonar templates are something that had been neglected in Sonar for sometime.  AZ Controller and its documentation can be found at .  It is free.  Through this plug-in, you can use control surfaces with either midi control, or through OSC.  I have been using AZ Controller to expertly run my MCU-PRO.

It allows you to see if even your midi messages are getting through to Sonar, thus allowing discrete programming of all buttons.

Anyway, I have found that the MOTIF6 creates 3 midi ports, 6-1, 6-2, and 6-3.  6-1 in/out port is where the midi notes travel.  And apparently the 6-3 port handles the ‘remote control’ control surface messages.

All these years unknowingly I have been trying to connect the MOTIF6 as a control surface through 6-1, which actually has some connectivity, but NOT with the TRANSPORT buttons.  When I switched the control surface settings to connect through 6-3, all of a sudden I get TRANSPORT button controls!  And I get programmability through the buttons described in the Cakewalk remote control assignments in the Motif manual.  Only now with AZ Controller, I can program them to whatever I like and find useful!

So, if anyone is using Sonar and having any issues with their control surfaces, or would like to program them to different functions/commands, then look up Alexey’s program AZ Controller on “


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