Legacy macOS app: how to sync the Soundbrenner Pulse to DAW Tools

Notes: There are few different ways to pair your Soundbrenner Pulse to a DAW. This method is only one of these. For more info and guidelines please visit this article. 

The method described here only works for the Soundbrenner Pulse (not the Soundbrenner Core), and only supports up to 1 Soundbrenner Pulse. Soundbrenner DAW Tools is a legacy application that we no longer support. We still publish the app and this guide, because in some cases it can work better than using our mobile app The Metronome by Soundbrenner to establish a connection with your DAW. So it may be worth a try!

We currently have no plans to update this application, e.g. to add support for the Soundbrenner Core or for connecting multiple Soundbrenner Pulse. This allows us to focus all our energy on improving the MIDI support of our mobile app and eventually taking it out of beta.

Soundbrenner Daw Tools

To download Soundbrenner DAW Tools, go here: Soundbrenner DAW Tools on the macOS App Store

It only works if your Mac supports Bluetooth 4.0. To learn more, go here: How to check if your Mac is Bluetooth 4.0 compatible

Soundbrenner DAW Tools are used to connect the Soundbrenner Pulse to any major Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) on Mac computers. This works via MIDI Clock signal. Pretty much every modern DAW has the ability to send MIDI Clock. 

Setup Guide

First, you need to connect your Soundbrenner Pulse. After launching the app, it will automatically scan for nearby Bluetooth devices. You can tell by the spinning refresh sign on the bottom. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled.

 

Once it finds a nearby Soundbrenner Pulse, it will display it in a list view.

Press on the button showing the device icon to connect it.

After connection the screen displays the device name and its battery level. The latency shows you how long it takes for a Bluetooth message to arrive at your Soundbrenner Pulse. A latency under 15 ms is ideal so you can't actually notice any delay. The latency depends on your system and the Mac you're using.

The BPM label doesn't show any value yet, because no DAW is sending a value to the app yet, as are the bar, beat and tick labels.

Press on the downward arrows to inspect the controls in "Haptic Feedback" and "MIDI Controller". The first contains everything related to the output of the app to your Soundbrenner Pulse, and the latter contains everything related to the input of your Soundbrenner Pulse to the app (and the DAW). More on that later. 

Haptic Feedback

To sync your Soundbrenner Pulse with your favourite DAW, you need to send a MIDI Clock signal to the Soundbrenner DAW Tools. Head over to your DAW. As an example, I'll use Ableton Live here. 

In Ableton Live's MIDI settings, there is a list of available MIDI Ports. 

As you can see in the screenshot, the Soundbrenner DAW Tools show up as a virtual MIDI port. If you enable "Sync" (in other DAWs also called "MIDI Clock", or "Clock"), the DAW will send a MIDI Clock signal as soon as you hit play. 

Unfortunately, MIDI Clock doesn't contain any information about the time signature, but you have a setting in the app that let's you choose on which beat you want to have the accent. 

There's also the possibility to send MIDI Note messages to the app. For that, enable The "Track" setting and play a MIDI track which has the output selected to "Soundbrenner DAW Tools".

If the checkmark is set on "Vibrate on MIDI Note On" in the "Haptic feedback" section of the Soundbrenner DAW Tools, you can see the incoming notes on the piano keys display. They trigger a vibration on the Soundbrenner Pulse as well. Here, you can also adjust the vibration by choosing from a list opened by right-clicking the piano key.
Try setting "Triple Pulse" and click on the key, you'll see that the Soundbrenner Pulse vibrates in three short pulses.

Midi Controller

In the MIDI Controller section of the Soundbrenner DAW Tools, you can configure the Soundbrenner Pulse to send MIDI Control Change (CC) commands to your DAW. Modern DAWs all have a "MIDI learn" mode, which let's you quickly assign MIDI CC commands to different controls inside the DAW, such as the play/pause button, the tap tempo button, or digital audio effect parameters. 

The MIDI CC command sends it's identifying number (0-127) followed by the value (0-127). The CC Number is assigned using the "MIDI CC Number" dropdown menus. 

The tap input will send the value 127 by default. You can choose to toggle between 0 and 127 on every tap, which can be useful to toggle something on and off via MIDI (think play/pause). You can also choose to toggle the metronome output with the tap. If you enable the checkmark and tap once, the Soundbrenner Pulse display on the bottom will fade to indicate that the output is muted.

The wheel value has a range of 0-127. 

 

 

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