Bitwig Studio Tutorial 2:
Autodetect Controllers

Bitwigs Controller API can auto-detect Devices based on the names of their USB connections.
So instead of selecting your Devices from the manual dropdown, you just press the auto-detection button in Preferences and your Controllers get added to the list and connected to the correct USB ports.

In the first Tutorial, we created the Acme Keyboard Script.
We changed some stuff in the first two lines to make the Script show the real name of a device instead of the generic one.

Now we need to add a third line below those two:

host.defineController("Akai", "MPD18", "1.0", "E5C26D00-40A6-11E3-AA6E-0800200C9A66");
host.defineMidiPorts(1, 1);
host.addDeviceNameBasedDiscoveryPair(["Akai MPD18"], ["Akai MPD18"]);

As you can see, this time I use my AKAI MPD 18 Script as an example, since in this case we need to work with real world Names.

What this additional line does, is simply looking at the names of Midi Devices on your machine: if Names match what is given in the Discovery Pair, it can automagically connect devices with the correct ports if you press “Detect available controllers” in the Preferences/Controllers Tab.

Instead of “Akai MPD18” you need to insert the EXACT names of YOUR Midi Input Device in the first brackets and of the Midi Output Device in the second brackets.

Here is my AKAI MPD18 Script for reference:
Toms MPD18 Controller Script for Bitwig

The discovery pair is actually two arrays, so if your controller has multiple inputs, you use it like this:

host.defineController("Novation", "Launchkey Mini", "1.0", "6a0b6a50-26fa-11e4-8c21-0800200c9a66");
host.defineMidiPorts(2, 2);
host.addDeviceNameBasedDiscoveryPair(["Launchkey Mini", "MIDIIN2 (Launchkey Mini)"], ["Launchkey Mini", "MIDIOUT2 (Launchkey Mini)"]);

Make sure to check the names on OSX and Linux too. In some cases they are identical on OSX while Linux usually appends ” MIDI 1″ to the name, in other cases they are completely different between platforms.

And finally: you can basically have as many discovery-pair-lines as you want. The first match is used by the script. This can be helpful if several controllers are attached and the OS adds numbers to the names.

Of course this only works for USB connected devices usually, since they show the name of the actual device.
Most Midi-connected Devices only show the Name of the Interface they are connected to, and that doesn’t make much sense to use for autodetection.

There are more involved solutions even for that scenario (using SysEx identification sequences) but if you want to go down that road, it makes more sense you read the Control Surface API GUIDE in the docs that come with Bitwig Studio. ;-)

I hope this was helpful and wish you a lot of fun with Bitwig Studio!

Cheers,

Tom

Continue with Part 3 here

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