1 (edited by Max 2023-05-23 09:06:56)

Topic: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

Today, we're launching a public beta of "RME Connector". This free app is technically a new major release of the "RME MIDI Remote AVB", but adds control via network and control for the 12Mic-D - two reasons to change the name.

A screenshot of RME Connector application

For users that previously used the "RME MIDI Remote AVB", your settings will be imported at first startup. You get a couple of new features:

Devices can now be controlled via network connection

This is based on the same protocols that the web frontend uses, and therefore it does not require a wired (or AVB) network. Just plug in a WiFi router to the device, connect to the WiFi and RME Connector will discover all 12Mics, 12Mic-Ds and AVB Tools that are present. Since control over network comes with much higher bandwidth than MIDI, you can control more features of the device and more will be added in future.

Note: devices in RME Connector are either MIDI devices or network controlled devices - not both. So if you already have a number of MIDI devices set up, those will be discovered and added as network controlled devices in addition to the MIDI devices. Of course a device can be controlled via MIDI and network at the same time - you will simply see two devices, one for MIDI and one for network.

Improved gain group features

Creating a gain group on a physical 12Mic device is a great experience - just hold down the channel button next to the first XLR input connector and press the one next to the last input connector - done. The remote experience now comes with the same convenience - just click and drag over any number of gain pots in group mode (shortcut key: 'g')

Also, we added the often requested global "ungroup" mode which lets you adjust individual channels without deleting their gain group.

Native Apple Silicon support

Users of M1 or M2 Macs can now run the app natively, without emulation. Faster startup and even better performance!

Update check

Most apps nowadays download updates automatically in the background. For DAWs, we deemed this to be a bit problematic because in some cases, you might be on networks that you don’t want to use for downloading new app versions. RME Connector allows you to opt-in for (beta or release) update checks, and if an update is found, the app asks if it should be downloaded (and again if it should be installed immediately or with the next restart).

For all the 12Mic-D users out there - thank you for your patience. You wanted MIDI control for the use case that you are using the 12Mic-D with MADI, which appears to be more popular than we had originally anticipated.

Added support for 12Mic-D

Please install the following beta firmware, restart the device, configure the MIDI Input, Output and device ID on the device (STATE > Remote > MIDI) and you will get both: control several 12Mic-Ds via MIDI and/or network from the RME Connector application.

Let us know how it works for you, we are looking forward to your feedback!

RME Connector Beta Downloads
Windows
macOS (Apple Silicon)
macOS (Apple Intel)

12Mic-D Beta firmware with support for MIDI over MADI
Firmware 1.2.0-b5

--changelog:
Beta 12: Windows installer asks for single or multiuser installation

Beta 14: Windows: improved discovery of devices on local network

Re: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

Wow cool.
Configuration from old tool, has been detected as you mentioned, very nice indeed.

I could add the 12Mic, which I am monitoring through MIDI over MADI, a 2nd time as an IP device.
But the device is not being shown as online, doesn't work.
Accessing the 12Mic through Internet browser works ...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jckbjxdc9fwljyv/2023-05-15-RME%20Connector.jpg?dl=1

BR Ramses - UFX+, 12Mic, XTC, ADI-2 Pro FS R BE, RayDAT, X10SRi-F, E5-1650v4, Win10Pro22H2, Cub12Pro

Re: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

Wow fantastic!

I installed this and was able to directly control my 12Mic (non-Dante) using firmware fw_xm_1.6.2_v165 12mic 20230418-12H34M as an IP connected device, on my M1 Mac Studio.

Apple Mac Studio Max 64gb RAM, Ventura, RME UFX III, 12Mic, Pulse 16 MX, Studio One 6

Re: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

2 issues:

1. After the installation of RME connector the old program MIDI Remote AVB is not working anymore, can't be started up.

I reinstalled my backup from 14.05.23, after that I could execute MIDI Remote AVB again.
Then I again installed RME Connector, started it up for a test and then quit the application.
Same issue again, MIDI Remote AVB can't be started.

When looking to
- the installation folder, then both programs are still visible
- Windows Programs and Features, then I see, that both applications are still installed

And I personally would welcome, that both applications can co-exist, as RME connector still has issues on my PC.

2. Problem is, after 2 minutes RME Connector stops working, then I can access 12Mic only via MIDI over MADI.
I can see on my Windows Gadget that the communication completely stops, after 2 min no network activity anymore.

BR Ramses - UFX+, 12Mic, XTC, ADI-2 Pro FS R BE, RayDAT, X10SRi-F, E5-1650v4, Win10Pro22H2, Cub12Pro

Re: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

Hi ramses,

1) no need to worry - previously working MIDI features were not touched. The "beta" state only refers to the 12Mic-D and IP control, not to the previously existing MIDI functionality. If I understand correctly, the issue you are facing is related to the IP based remote control, but it should not affect the usability of the software. But I will look into it and check if we can provide a workaround or fix for that.

2) that is very surprising - we have not been able to reproduce this behavior.
Is there someone else having this problem of unstable connection?

Re: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

Maybe misunderstanding regarding point 1. Once you install RME connector, then MIDI remote AVB is not working anymore, no matter whether RME connector is running or not.

BR Ramses - UFX+, 12Mic, XTC, ADI-2 Pro FS R BE, RayDAT, X10SRi-F, E5-1650v4, Win10Pro22H2, Cub12Pro

7 (edited by Max 2023-05-18 13:10:01)

Re: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

We found out what caused the problems co-existing with the old MIDI Remote AVB and it has been addressed in beta 12.
Beta 11 was installed into the same directory as the previous MIDI Remote AVB, and therefore that app stopped working. This did not affect the user preferences and configuration, those were stored in separate paths - only the executable files.

For ramses - if you have re-installed MIDI Remote AVB from a backup, you can now install beta 12 (either for the current user, which does not require admin privileges, or for all Windows users) and use both apps in parallel.]

Due to a change of the installation directory, it is necessary to first uninstall the previous beta version manually.

8 (edited by ramses 2023-05-18 22:27:28)

Re: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

Many thanks will try.

BR Ramses - UFX+, 12Mic, XTC, ADI-2 Pro FS R BE, RayDAT, X10SRi-F, E5-1650v4, Win10Pro22H2, Cub12Pro

Re: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

Thanks for fixing install dir issue. Both applications can work now.

Still the issue, that I am loosing network connectivity after 2 minutes.

BR Ramses - UFX+, 12Mic, XTC, ADI-2 Pro FS R BE, RayDAT, X10SRi-F, E5-1650v4, Win10Pro22H2, Cub12Pro

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Re: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

Still the issue, that I am loosing network connectivity after 2 minutes.

This has been fixed in Beta 14.

11 (edited by ramses 2023-05-26 07:56:56)

Re: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

Max wrote:

Still the issue, that I am loosing network connectivity after 2 minutes.

This has been fixed in Beta 14.

Yes, many thanks Max, very well done :-)

BR Ramses - UFX+, 12Mic, XTC, ADI-2 Pro FS R BE, RayDAT, X10SRi-F, E5-1650v4, Win10Pro22H2, Cub12Pro

Re: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

The level Meters for Phones out are not working
Beta 14

UFX+ XTC, ADI 8 QS w/madi
12 Mic, M1610 pro
MacBookPro M1
Logic Pro X

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Re: RME Connector - control 12Mic, 12Mic-D and AVB Tool via network&MIDI

Too late wink

Regards
Matthias Carstens
RME