MIDI key and automation mapping
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A Key Map allows you to play BFD3's Drum articulations and Grooves with MIDI notes. It contains defined mappings between MIDI notes and these entities along with a number of other parameters for specialized types of control, especially with electronic drum trigger hardware.
Key Maps can be loaded and saved using the BFD3 File menu, and the Key Map panel provides a comprehensive environment with which to view, modify and create mappings for MIDI notes. Click the Key Map button in the main BFD3 navigation bar to display the Key Map panel.
BFD3 also features an alternative way of creating mappings - the Kit display features the Start MIDI Learn function on the slot context menu for accomplishing this. However, in order to set up advanced mapping functions and fine adjustment, it is necessary to use the Key Map panel.
If any modifications have been made to the current map since it was loaded, an asterisk is shown next to this indicator.
Import multiple Maps
The Import multiple Key Maps and Import multiple Automation Maps functions create BFD3-format map files within the database (saved into the user location) from one or more key map files which are currently not within BFD3's content locations. It may be useful to do this after downloading files created by another user.
The Import multiple Key Maps function can import maps from BFD 1.5 or BFD2 - their contents are recreated for BFD3 as closely as possible.
Load Map from file
The Load Key Map from file and Load Automation Map from file functions load a map file into the current session from locations in your system which are not within BFD3's content locations. It may be useful to do this after downloading a file created by another user. When loading the file, you are prompted whether the file should be saved in to the BFD3 database for future use.
This function can load maps from BFD 1.5 or BFD2 - their contents are recreated for BFD3 as closely as possible.
Include when loading
This button varies depending on whether you are using the Load Key Map or Load Automation Map panel.
In the Load Key Map panel, activate the Automation Map button - this loads any associated Automation Map with the same name along with the new Key Map.
In the Load Automation Map panel, activate the Key Map button - this loads any associated Key Map with the same name along with the new Automation Map.
The corresponding map file must exist within the <user location>/Maps folder. If no corresponding map exists, the settings in question remain unchanged.
Load / Close buttons
To load the currently selected key map, click the Load button. You can also load any key map in the listing by double-clicking it.
To return to the BFD3 interface without loading a new Key Map, click the Close button.
Maps loaded when BFD3 is launched
When an instance of BFD3 is launched, it reloads the last Key Map and Automation Map files that were loaded. If a load operation has never taken place, the BFD3 factory defaults are loaded.
However, if you have specified a startup preset in the Preferences, the mapping settings contained within it override the above.
If you create any of your own mappings, you must save your changes! See the guide to saving maps in each of the sections in this chapter.