Thursday, August 25, 2011

How to Configure Axiom Series Transport Controls for GarageBand

Abstract: This article describes how to configure the M-Audio Axiom 25 MIDI controller transport controls for GarageBand on a Mac.
I recently bought an M-Audio Axiom 25 MIDI controller. After plugging it into my Mac and starting up GarageBand, some stuff worked but not the series of buttons called “transport controls”. These are the “Play", “Record”, "Prev", "Next", etc. buttons.
I did a Google search and found this page:
it was pretty useful, except that my keyboard has a "Stop" button instead of the "Jump to Beginning" button, so that key code did not map correctly. In other words, the "Stop" button did nothing. I tried some alternate codes until I found the right one.
Here are the steps to follow, with an updated screenshot to show the codes that worked for me. (I copied this almost verbatim from that other site.)

  1. Download “GarageRemote” at the following link:
  2. The file will download as a .zip file, so double-click the downloaded file to uncompress it.
  3. Open the “GarageRemoteFolder” and follow the instructions to install the System Preference.
  4. Once installed, open your System Preferences and then select “GarageRemote” at the bottom of the window.
  5. In the “MIDI” pane, enter the following codes for each button:

  6. Next, go to the “Listener” pane and press the “Start” button. I also checked the box because I like to have the listener always start when I log in.
Voila! Transport controls now map successfully to GarageBand. The "Stop" button behaves like the "Jump to Beginning" button.