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How can I set the color of the ATOM pads by sending MIDI?

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asked Jan 17, 2019 in Atom Pad Controllers by marcora (2,870 points)
I am thinking of developing a controller script for Bitwig to support the ATOM in MIDI mode. The MIDI mapping section of the manual is pretty good, but I cannot find out whether and (more importantly) how I can set the color and intensity of the pads by sending MIDI to the ATOM from Bitwig.

Thanks for your help and consideration,


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answered Jan 19, 2019 by marcora (2,870 points)
I tried sending the CC value that the Atom sends to DAW in MIDI mode when toggling a button (e.g., Play) back at the Atom (with value 0 for off or 127 for on)... but the state/light of the button does not change! It would be nice to have full specs of how to update state of ATOM by sending MIDI messages to it (including button lights and pad lights).
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answered Jul 16, 2019 by simonedemarco (240 points)
I'm developing a script controller for Ableton LIVE to support the Atom pad. After a bit of reverse engineering seems to me that in MIDI mode inputs are disabled and you can not turn on pad lights. In order to use the native mode in any other DAW you just need to send the secret hand shake, which is a C-2 note off 127 velocity to the channel 16 (midi tuple (143,0,127)) to the ATOM pad. I still do not have a complete MIDI output chart and I'm working on it, in order to see the MIDI output messages just use a  MIDI sniffer such as MIDI monitor.

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answered Mar 14, 2021 by raphaldoursenaud (420 points)
I have reverse engineered the ATOM MIDI maps there:

I’m also working on a small Python script to tinker with it at where most of the protocol is described including changing pad colors.