Morningstar MC8 MIDI Controller

MC8
UNPARALLELED MIDI CONTROL
 


OUR FLAGSHIP

 

 

The MC8 rewrites the rules of hands-free MIDI control.

 

With a 5-pin MIDI output and four 1/4" Omniports, you have more than enough MIDI outputs to connect directly to all your MIDI devices even if they do not have MIDI Thru ports.

 

Each Omniports can function as an expression pedal input, aux switch input or MIDI output

so you have maximum flexibility to suit your needs.

30 dual-page banks of 8 switches give you quick access to 16 fully programmable presets per bank simply by pressing switches B+C to toggle between pages 1 and 2.

Morningstar MC8 MIDI Foot Controller Front
Morningstar MC8 MIDI Foot Controller Rear
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Universal MIDI


UNIVERSAL MIDI CONTROLLER

 

Morningstar controllers are compatible with any device that accepts MIDI, regardless of brand or model.

 

This is made possible with the ability to send any type of MIDI message you need. As long as your device accepts MIDI, it will work perfectly with our controllers.


MIDI AND FUNCTION MESSAGE TYPES

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Every switch on a Morningstar controller is independently programmable. Choose to send any type of MIDI message including PC, CC, Note, SysEx, MIDI Clock, MMC and many more.

 

To navigate the controller itself, you can also select function messages to bank up/down, jump to specific banks, engage multiple presets and much more.

 

More information in the full list of MIDI and Function Message Types.


MESSAGE STACKING

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Send up to 16 different MIDI messages across 16 MIDI channels with each switch.

 

This allows you to control up to 16 different devices with a single switch. Switches are also able to trigger each other so you can engage any preset you want from any switch across the 30 banks.


ACTION-BASED CONTROL

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Send different groups of messages depending on what action you perform.

Assignable actions include Press, Release, Double Tap, Long Press and more.

 

More information found in the full list of Action Types


MIDI CLOCK

 

Send, receive and relay MIDI clock to keep your effects synced.

You have the option to tap in a tempo on-the-fly or send pre-set BPM.

 

Watch how to Control Tempo with a MIDI Controller.


CONNECTIONS
 

Morningstar MC8 MIDI Foot Controller Connections


LARGER 4-ROW LCD DISPLAY

 

Interactive, real-time visual feedback for important information such as your current bank name, active preset, MIDI clock BPM and expression pedal position 


USB CLASS COMPLIANT AND POWERED

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With MIDI over USB, control your favourite DAWs, plugins and music software on your computer or iPad. Easily MIDI map your desired controls to your foot switches with software like Ableton Live and Logic Pro.

 

Morningstar controllers are also fully USB powered so you don't have to concern yourself with a separate power supply.

Watch how to control your DAW and plugins.


EXPRESSION PEDAL CONTROL

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Connect an expression pedal for smooth continuous MIDI control with user selectable pedal response curves.

 

A single expression pedal becomes a multi-function expression pedal with MIDI.

Use one expression pedal to control multiple different effect parameters with the ability to select/deselect what messages you want your expression pedal to send on the fly.

 

Expression pedal message types include Expression CC, Toe/Heel Down CC, Toe/Heel Down PC messages and more.

 

Watch how to Use an Expression Pedal with MIDI.

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MULTI-TYPE MIDI OUTPUTS

 

All Morningstar controllers​ can send MIDI via their 5-pin, TRS and USB ports. This gives you direct connectivity to any MIDI device, without the need for a MIDI box or splitter. 


MIDI CC WAVEFORMS

 

Four independent MIDI Waveform Engines ​allow you to send continuous streams of CC messages. Choose from Saw, Triangle, Sine and Square wave shapes. Set your own minimum & maximum values, sync them to MIDI clock or have them independent. Automated modulation for your pedalboard is now a reality.

 

Watch the MIDI Waveforms in action.


EXPANDABLE WITH AUX SWITCHES

 

Add more switches to a Morningstar controller for more control over your presets and controller navigation.

 

Watch how to Add and Use External Switches.


MORNINGSTAR EDITOR APP

With a powerful and intuitive editor application, programming your Morningstar controller is ​fast and easy.

The Morningstar editor lets you view all your switch and message settings at once, allowing you to quickly make changes and name your switches/banks with great clarity.

 

You can also backup individual banks or the entire controller to your computer, so you never lose your presets and settings. Even share them with your friends if you like!

Available as a desktop web application (Windows and Mac), mobile web application (Android and iOS) and an iOS app on the App Store. 

Connect with a USB cable or wirelessly with a Bluetooth MIDI adaptor (sold separately).

Watch the Morningstar Editor in action. Try the Editor in Demo Mode.


MIDI DICTIONARY

MIDI Dictionary

Nobody likes reading manuals. That is why we created the MIDI Dictionary, containing all parameters, functions and MIDI specifications of the most popular MIDI devices. And we embedded it into our Device Editor for maximum convenience.

 

Simply select your device brand and model, then use the search bar to find the function you want to control. Then just use the dedicated copy and paste buttons to add your desired MIDI message to your switch. It's that easy!


SONG & SET LISTS

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Create song and set lists, and easily navigate through them using the Bank Jump feature. This allows you to use any switch to jump to any bank on your controller. On top of that, the preset/bank Copy, Paste and Swap functions make managing songs and set lists a breeze.

 

See how to Create Song and Set Lists.


DUAL-PAGE BANKS

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Each of the 30 banks has 2 pages. By default, the first set of switch names are displayed on the screen. When you toggle page, the second set of switch names will be displayed. This effectively doubles the number of preset slots you have in each bank.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

 

Dimensions:

224 x 125 x 50 mm

Powered by any of the following:

9-12V DC center negative (min 250mA)

USB power

9-12V AC/DC MIDI phantom power via MIDI output pins 6 & 7

Hardware:

Anodized aluminium enclosure

Soft touch foot switches

40 x 4 character LCD display

I/Os:

1 x 5-pin MIDI Out/Thru

1 x 5-pin MIDI In

1 x Class Compliant USB Type B (receives buss power, sends & receives MIDI)

4 x 1/4" Omniports (expression pedal in, aux switch in or MIDI out)

More information in the MC8 Manual.

Compare all Morningstar MIDI controllers here

 

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