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Oxygen (blue) DirectLink Configuration and Operation for Pro Tools
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This guide applies to Pro Tools LE & M-Powered 8, Pro Tools MP9, Pro Tools 9, and Pro Tools 10.

DirectLink is built into Pro Tools versions 8.0.1 and later.  No additional driver or software installation is required*.

* Note: An updated DirectLink control surface personality file is availbale for Pro Tools 8.0.5.  These fixes are already included in the latest versions of Pro Tools 9 and 10.  Pro Tools 8.0.5 users should click here to download this update.


To manually check for Pro Tools updates:

  1. Ensure that your internet connection is functioning properly.
  2. Launch Pro Tools.
  3. Choose Help > Check For Updates, and a progress dialog appears.
  4. Depending on whether or not any updates are available, do one of the following:
    • If no updates are available, click OK.
    – or –
    • If updates are available, do one of the following:
    • Click Details to launch your web browser
    and see what updates are available for
    download.
    • Click Not Now if you do not want to review
    or download updates until later.


Note: This applies to the 3rd Gen (blue) Oxygen Series keyboards, not the silver Oxygen Series keyboards, including the Oxygen 8 v2.


DirectLink Configuration for Pro Tools:

  1. Launch Pro Tools
  2. Select "Peripherals" from the Setup menu
  3. Select the "MIDI Controllers" tab from the window that appears
  4. Click the first "Type" drop-down menu and select "M-Audio Keyboard"
  5. Click the first "Receive From" drop-down menu and select the "Oxygen 49 In"*
  6. Click the first "Send To" drop-down menu and select the "Oxygen 49 Out"*
  7. Make sure that "8" is selected in the "# Ch's" drop-down menu and click "OK" to close the window


* These MIDI port names will display the number of keys, based on the Oxygen Series model you use: 25, 49, 61 or 88.  In Windows XP, the Oxygen MIDI ports will appear as "USB Audio Device" for all models. Install the M-Audio Oxygen drivers (available from www.m-audio.com/drivers) in Windows XP for the ports to appear as described above.

 

 


Load Preset 10 (DirectLink Preset) on your Oxygen keyboard:

  1. Press the Select button until the lower edge of the LED display shows a red dot above "PRESETS"
  2. Scroll through the Preset numbers using the "-" or "+" buttons until the LED display shows "P10."

 

DirectLink Operation:

Track Buttons:

  • The left Track button (<) selects the previous Track. For example if Track 2 is currently selected, pressing this button will select Track 1.
  • The right Track button (>) selects the next Track. For example if Track 2 is currently selected, pressing this button will select Track 3.
  • These buttons also allow the selection of tracks outside the currently active bank of 8 sequencer tracks. For example, if track 8 is currently selected and the > track button is pressed, track 9 will be selected. The track sliders and their corresponding buttons will now control Tracks 9 - 16.


Sliders:
Oxygen 49, 61, & 88 feature nine Sliders. Oxygen 25 features one Slider.

  • Oxygen 49, 61, & 88: The first eight sliders automatically map to control the track volume for the currently selected bank of eight tracks.  The right-most Slider (C9) maps to the mastervolume fader.
     
  • Oxygen 25: The single slider will map to the master volume fader.

Slider Buttons:
Oxygen 49, 61, & 88 feature nine Slider Buttons.

  • The first eight buttons map to the currently active bank of eight tracks within supported DAW applications. By default, pressing a Slider button will mute the corresponding DAW track.  Pressing and holding the right-most Button (C26) places all other Slider buttons in Solo mode. While the right-most button is held down, pressing another Slider button will solo the corresponding DAW track.
     
  • When using Pro Tools, the right-most Slider button (C26) also allows using the eight Oxygen control knobs to adjust either the left, or the right pan knobs of Pro Tools stereo tracks (only available on Oxygen 49 and 61). By default, the Oxygen knobs control the left pan knobs of stereo tracks. While the right-most button is held down, the Oxygen knobs control the right pan knobs of Pro Tools stereo tracks.


Knobs:
All Oxygen Series keyboards feature 8 MIDI Control Knobs.

  • Oxygen 49, 61, & 88: These knobs map to control the panorama or balance setting for the currently active bank of eight tracks.  When working with stereo tracks in Pro Tools, pressing the right-most Slider button (C26) will select either the left or right pan control.
     
  • Oxygen 25: These knobs map to control the track volume for the currently active bank of eight tracks. 


Pro Tools users can place the 8 control knobs into Instrument mode by quickly pressing the Loop button. In this mode, the 8 control knobs automatically map to 8 parameters on the active Instrument or Effect Plug-In.  The Instrument mode parameter mapping can be customized by clicking the "learn" button in the upper right corner of the Plug-In. Please check the Pro Tools documentation for more details.


Transport Buttons:

All Oxygen Series keyboards feature 6 Transport Buttons.

  • These buttons map to the Transport Buttons to control playback, record, start/stop, fast forward and rewind, as well as enabling (or disabling) of the loop function.

    a.Holding the Loop button while pressing one of the other Transport Control buttons gives access to
    additional Pro Tools transport functions. See Appendix D for more details.
    b.Quickly pressing the Loop button toggles the control knobs on your Oxygen keyboard between Instrument
    Mode and Mixer mode.
    • Mixer mode (default):, The 8 knobs control their corresponding tracks’ pan or balance settings.
    • Instrument Mode: The control knobs automatically map to 8 parameters on the active Instrument or
    Effect Plug-In. The Instrument mode parameter mapping can be customized by clicking the "learn"
    button in the upper right corner of the Plug-In. Please check the Pro Tools documentation for more
    details