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DirectLink for the Oxygen (blue) keyboards is compatible with GarageBand ’08 (v4.1.2) and above. Follow the steps below to install the Oxygen DirectLink personality for GarageBand and to get started using the Oxygen (blue) keyboard as a control surface in GarageBand.
Installing the DirectLink Personality
- Download Oxygen DirectLink for GarageBand and Logic (this one installer is used for both applications) for your operating system from our drivers/updates page at www.m-audio.com/drivers.
- If a previous version of DirectLink for GarageBand is installed, double-click to run the uninstaller to remove it.
- Double-click the Oxygen DirectLink for GarageBand and Logic Installer Package and follow the on-screen instructions to install the latest version.
Getting Started in GarageBand
The keyboard will automatically be recognized by GarageBand as soon as it is plugged in. The GarageBand controls are described below:
Track Selection - Track selection is achieved on the Oxygen using the 8 buttons below the Sliders. If there are more than 8 tracks in your song, then you can use the Track Down/Up Buttons to select the previous or next bank of 8 tracks. There are no Track select Buttons on the Oxygen 25. Therefore, the Track Down/Up buttons select the previous or next track in your song.
Controlling Track Volumes - The 8 Sliders on the Oxygen control the Volume of Tracks 1-8 respectively. If there are more than 8 tracks in your song, then you can use the Track Down/Up Buttons to select the previous or next bank of 8 tracks. The Volume of the selected track is always controlled by Knob 1 on the Oxygen 25, since
the 8 Track Sliders do not exist.
Mute Tracks - Hold down the button below the 9th Slider and press one of the 8 Track Select Buttons. This will mute the respective track. No controls are available for track muting on the Oxygen 25.
Master Volume - The slider on the Oxygen 25 or the 9th Slider on the other models will control the Master Volume of GarageBand.
Parameters in the selected Track - The 8 knobs of the Oxygen keyboard map to various parameters in the selected track as follows:
Knob 1 = Volume (Oxygen 25 only)
Knob 2 = Pan
Knob 3 = Send 1 (most commonly “Echo”)
Knob 4 = Send 2 (most commonly “reverb”)
Knob 5 = Low EQ Freq
Knob 6 = Low EQ Gain
Knob 7 = Hi EQ Freq
Knob 8 = Hi EQ Gain
To see all of the parameters within the selected track, expand ‘details’ in the ‘Track info’ pane on the right-hand side of the GarageBand window. To hear the effects of the knobs, you need to enable “Visual EQ” and the 2 sends effects below (most commonly Echo and reverb).