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Topic: Output the BPM to other software (MIDI-Clock) [Resolume etc]
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Here is a little guide on how to use the new MIDI-Clock feature in VirtualDJ 8 to take the beat to other software like Resolume.
Important: This feature is only available in version 2059 or higher! Before that version there is no known option to me to do this in VDJ8.
I recommend using the latest version ofcourse because the feautre is new and already got some important bug fixes.

What you will need:
Virtual DJ 8 Build 2059+
LoopBe1 http://nerds.de/en/download.html
Software with MIDI-Clock Input (in my case: Resolume Arena 4.1.8)

LoopBe1 is free and used to simulate a MIDI device which VirtualDJ can send a MIDI-Clock signal to which then can be read by other software.
I don't recommend sending the MIDI-Clock to a controller or a MIDI device which you use to control VirtualDJ because other software is probably not able to access the ports of the device when VirtualDJ is using it. Thats why we need LoopBe.
There is other software like MIDI-Yoke which can carry MIDI signals but are not supported by VirtualDJ as a MIDI-Clock device at the moment.

1. Install LoopBe1
2. Start or restart VirtualDJ
3. Settings -> Controller -> You should see "LoopBe Internal MIDI" in the device list.
Select it, rightclick and choose "Midi Clock Output".
Screenshot:

VirtualDJ will now give the master BPM to LoopBe.
4. Open your software which should recieve the BPM signal or restart it (a re-scan is often not enough!)
5. Go to your MIDI settings and select LoopBe Internal MIDI as the MIDI Clock Input OR aktivate the MIDI Clock Input for LoopBe (e.g. Resolume).
Screenshot Resolume:


Done! As soon as you have a track running on the master VirtualDJ will send the BPM to your application via LoopBe =D

If you have questions, feel free to ask! I'd really like to help =)

Regards, Daniel
 

Inviato Fri 27 Mar 15 @ 8:37 pm
PraktisHome userMember since 2013
Can you send to a remote computer, like if Im running vdj off of my laptop and resolume off of a media server, how do I connect it?
 

Inviato Tue 19 Jan 16 @ 1:36 am
I can say I just used this method to synchronize BPMs from VDJ 8 to MyDMX 3.0 and it works like a charm! Very cool being able to make lights hows that can chase and fade perfectly to the beat of whatever music is currently playing!
 

Inviato Mon 15 Jan 18 @ 9:23 pm
DJNWORHome userMember since 2017
Does any one know what to use on my Mac? I'd like to be able to snag that midi clock for lightkey
 

Inviato Wed 24 Jan 18 @ 11:21 pm
I have no Mac but i think you must make this so in the Art:
1.)activate the Midiclock Output from VDJ 8 Pro Infinity in Controllersection with rightclick
2)??? but not know a Virtual Midicable in the art (we loop be1 for windows) but for Mac???
3) You must send the Midiclock in Lightkey as Signal in (config)

Hope this help you
sorry for my not so good English

greatings,Dirk
 

Inviato Fri 26 Jan 18 @ 8:43 am
DJNWORHome userMember since 2017
vlnjacki wrote :
I have no Mac but i think you must make this so in the Art:
1.)activate the Midiclock Output from VDJ 8 Pro Infinity in Controllersection with rightclick
2)??? but not know a Virtual Midicable in the art (we loop be1 for windows) but for Mac???
3) You must send the Midiclock in Lightkey as Signal in (config)

Hope this help you
sorry for my not so good English

greatings,Dirk



I was able to create a virtual midi port on my mac, but the Lightkey software for mac doesn't see the signal. I'm not convinced that its not the software but unfortunately I have no other way of testing it on another machine, maybe i'll give it a shot on my friends mac.

here's how i made the device on mac

http://www.johanlooijenga.com/tools/12-virtual-ports.html

 

Inviato Mon 26 Mar 18 @ 7:05 pm
skanky1PRO InfinityMember since 2006

Is this option available in vdj 2021.......i cant find it

 

Inviato Fri 16 Oct 20 @ 3:13 pm
skanky1 wrote :

Is this option available in vdj 2021.......i cant find it



should still be there...

And a much more modern and easy approach is using Ableton Link.
Many apps support that, including VirtualDJ (download plugin in Extensions)

https://www.virtualdj.com/wiki/abletonlink.html
 

Inviato Fri 16 Oct 20 @ 3:27 pm
@skanky1 please take the time to read the first post. He's not just using VDJ.

What is it that you want to sync with VDJ? Potentially you could also use Ableton Link or ReWire.
 

Inviato Fri 16 Oct 20 @ 3:30 pm
NicotuxHome userMember since 2014
yes it is already there :
rightclick the name of the controller top left of mapping page you get it as well as midi to vst and rescan and reconnect
 

Inviato Fri 16 Oct 20 @ 3:40 pm