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MIDI OUT Series | 2: Connect Playback and ProPresenter via a MIDI Network
MIDI OUT Series | 2: Connect Playback and ProPresenter via a MIDI Network

How to add Playback to the ProPresenter computer's MIDI Network to send cues and control slides.

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Written by Trevor
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The MIDI Out Tutorial series walks through every step required to send MIDI Cues out of Playback to control lyrics in ProPresenter or other presentation software.

In the previous step, we set up the hardware necessary for Playback to send MIDI Cues via an ethernet cable, either through the PlayAudio 12 or a USB-to-ethernet adapter.

In this video, we will show you how to establish the network connection between your lyrics software and Playback by creating a MIDI Network on the computer running ProPresenter and adding Playback to it.

Video Guide

After watching this video, you will know how to:

  1. Connect a Playback device to a computer via WiFi or ethernet cable

  2. Create a MIDI Network session on a Mac computer

  3. Add Playback to a network session

Playback and ProPresenter on the same device

When using both on the same computer, you’ll need to use the IAC Driver within MacOS’ Audio MIDI Setup app in stead of a network session.

  1. Open the app Audio MIDI Setup on the MainStage Mac.

  2. With the Audio MIDI Setup app open, click (cmd + 2), or “Window” > Show MIDI Studio

  3. Locate the IAC Driver within the MIDI Studio Window and double-click on it to open it up.
    Tip: You can toggle to List view in MIDI Studio at the very top-right corner of the MIDI Studio window.

  4. Next, follow the below steps to confirm the IAC Driver is enabled.

    1. Enable to the device by checking the checkbox labelled “Device is online."

    2. Click the plus button below the ports to add a port if there’s not already a port listed.

    3. Optional but recommended: Rename the port from ‘Bus 1’ to something more relevant like “MainStage Automation."

    4. Click “Apply” to confirm the changes to the IAC driver.

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