Sync Midi Time Code
The MIDI Timecode (MTC) Sync function allows ADD to send and receive MTC from another DAW so the playback from the DAW can automatically control the playback inside ADD. The settings can be changed inside the MTC Receive field in the Preferences Window (⌘,)
MTC Receive: This enables ADD to receive MTC from other DAWs
MTC Send: This enables ADD to send MTC to other DAWs
Click on the MTC Sync Receive icon to enable MTC Sync or to disable it
**Make sure your Frame Rate, Sampling Rate, and Timecode start points are the same in both ADD and Logic to prevent any desync**
To enable MTC for Pro Tools, first go to ADD Preferences and click the MTC Receive and Send dropdowns. Then click ADD MTC.
Now click the “Sync Receive” clock icon on the transport bar to enable MTC Sync
To setup MTC in Pro Tools, go to the ProTools Menu bar and select “Setup > Peripherals”. Click the MTC Generator dropdown and select ADD MTC In.
Now you need to click MTC to engage
To allow Pro Tools to receive MTC from ADD, go the Menu bar and select “Setup > Midi > Midi Input Devices”.
Now click the check box next to ADD MTC Out and click Ok
Uncheck the “MTC” button and click the “Online” button
To sync Audio Design Desk to Logic first go to Preferences in Audio Design Desk and enable MTC Receive and Send.
You will need to set a Virtual Audio Device such as Blackhole or Loopback as your Output. (We will be using Blackhole 2ch for this example). And select Disable Input as your Input Device
Save your Preferences and select the “Sync Receive” clock icon at the top of the Video Window
Set ADD’s starting point to align with Logic’s by clicking the dropdown arrow next to the Timecode
Now go to Logic and open Preferences. Set Blackhole 2ch as your Input Device
Then go to the “Midi” tab and select the “Sync” sub-tab. Then select “Midi Sync Project Settings” at the bottom
Click the first Destination dropdown and select ADD MTC In. Then click the MTC checkbox and the Clock checkbox.
Now press play in Logic and Audio Design Desk will follow along!
To make Audio Design Desk the master DAW, deselect the “Sync Receive” clock icon at the top of the Video Window in ADD
Now go back into Logic and select the Clock icon up in the Control Bar. (If you don’t see the clock you need to add it by right clicking the Control Bar and selecting Customize)
Press play in Audio Design Desk to control Logic!
To sync ADD and Ableton, first go to ADD and enable MTC Send in Preference by clicking the MTC Receive and Send dropdowns and selecting ADD MTC.
Now enable “Sync Receive” by clicking the clock icon on the transport bar to enable MTC Sync.
To setup MTC in Ableton, go the menu bar and select “Preference > Link > Midi Ports” and change the “In” to ADD MTC Out and click the “Sync” checkbox.
To send MTC from Ableton to ADD, first download the plugin “Max Runtime“. Then open the app and drag the MTC.amxd file onto any Live track
Inside ADD, change MTC Receive to the Live MTC Bridge.
Now you are set and can configure all the things from the LiveMTC app interface
**We recommend using one way MTC sync when working in realtime**
To sync ADD to Reaper, first go to ADD and enable MTC Send in Preference by clicking the MTC Receive and Send dropdowns and selecting ADD MTC.
Now go to Reaper, create a track, and insert an “SMPTE LTC/MTC Timecode Generator”. This can be accessed from the Menu bar by clicking “Insert > SMPTE LTC/MTC Timecode Generator”
In the Track Routing section, add ADD MTC In to the MIDI Hardware Output
Pull up the properties of the inserted SMPTE LTC/MTC Timecode Generator, click “Send MIDI (MTC)”, and set your desired frame rate and start time.
Right click the Play Button to bring up the “External Timecode Synchronization” settings to click “Enable Synchronization to Timecode” and “Use All Inputs”
To sync ADD to Studio One, first go to ADD and enable MTC Send in Preference by clicking the MTC Receive and Send dropdowns and selecting ADD MTC.
Now go to the Studio One Menu bar and select “Preference > External Device” to add a new device. In the Receive From and Send dropdowns, select ADD MTC and click Send MIDI Timecode
Go to “Advanced > Synchronization” and click Sync to External Device. Then select ADD MTC Out in the dropdowns.
For more information on how to enable the MTC Sync with other DAWs such as Logic Pro X and Pro Tools, feel free to check our video tutorial: