Applies to: Nocturn, Nocturn Keyboard
I have previously registered my Nocturn Keyboard, can I still get the free bundled software?
Yes, you can obtain your license codes for the free bundled software by logging into your Novation account, selecting Nocturn Keyboard and then selecting "Update Product" without making any changes. This will trigger an email to be sent to your registered email address with your license codes.
How do I update the system settings on my Nocturn Keyboard?
To reset the system settings on your Nocturn Keyboard, including the calibration of the Drum Pads and the operating system, make sure you have the latest version of the Automap Software from the Novation website.
Then follow these steps:
1/. Click on the Home icon at the bottom of the Automap window to get to the Startup View page.
2/. Select the 'Devices' option.
3/. Select the Nocturn Keyboard.
4/. Select the 'Update System Settings' option.
5/. Follows the instructions on the screen to complete the update.
My keyboard is not working as expected, how do I calibrate it?
Nocturn Keyboard Calibration Initial Setup
Install Automap 3.4 to put the Nocturn Keyboard drivers on the test PC. This installs the drivers for the Nocturn Keyboard.
Connecting a programmed unit and selecting calibration mode
Connect a programmed unit loaded with the current build level software (eg nckb1116) via to a computer. While holding octave â€˜-â€˜ and â€˜+â€™ buttons down together,turn the Nocturn Keyboard on. Keep these two buttons pressed down until buttons 1 to 4 and button 8 is lit. The octave â€˜-â€˜ and â€˜+â€™ buttons will be flashing.
This indicates that the keyboard is in calibration mode.
There are 4 features to calibrate â€“ the pitch wheel, the mod wheel, the aftertouch sensitivity and the keyboard length.
1) pitch wheel
2) mod wheel
3) aftertouch sensitivity
4) keyboard length
Once the calibration has been setup, this needs to be saved to the unit (this is not automatic).
Pitch Wheel Calibration
While watching the first encoder ring move the pitch wheel through itâ€™s full range of travel once. This calibrates the unit. The calibration can then be checked by moving the pitch wheel through a full range of travel a second time.
At position 1 (pitch wheel minimum), only the first LED of LED ring 1 should be lit
At position 2 (pitch wheel maximum), all 11 LEDs for LED ring 1 should be lit.
At position 3 (pitch wheel spring back to centre), the first 6 LEDs of LED ring 1 should be lit.
Mod Wheel Calibration
While watching the second encoder ring move the mod wheel through itâ€™s full range of travel once. This calibrates the unit. The calibration can then be checked by moving the mod wheel through a full range of travel a second time.
At position 1 (mod wheel maximum), all 11 LEDs for LED ring 1 should be lit.
At position 2 (pitch wheel minimum), only the first LED of LED ring 1 should be lit.
There is no spring for the mod wheel, so the centre position is not critical and does not need to be checked.
The LEDs around encoder 3 register the aftertouch output. The 4th encoder is used to calibrate this output and the LED ring around encoder 4 shows the calibration value.
Press firmly and keep holding a key on the keymech (of the order of 30 N to 40). Turn encoder 4 anticlockwise until less then 11 LEDs are lit around encoder 3. Now slowly turn encoder 3 clockwise until all 11 LEDs are lit around encoder 3. Check 2 or 3 other keys can be pressed firmly and all 11 LEDs are lit around encoder 3. If not, turn encoder 4 clockwise slowly again until all 11 LEDs are lit for this key.
Keyboard Length Calibration
Press both the top key and the bottom key simultaneously and release both keys.
Save Calibration Settings
The calibration settings are not automatically saved. These must be saved to the manually saved to the unit In order for these settings to be retained on the unit, press button 8 on the unit.
The unit will then reboot.
What version of Automap should I install to use my Nocturn keyboard?
The installer disc that came with the Nocturn is out of date since we frequently update our installer. Consequently, we always advise users to download the latest version of Automap from our website here. How do I control Live 8 with the Nocturn Keyboard and Automap?
Firslty, please ensure you have downloaded the latest version of Automap from our website here. Now please ensure you are running the latest version of Live:
An Automap MIDI map file (‘AbletonLive.automap’) has been placed in the Automap DAW Setup Guide.
1. Copy this file to a folder where you will be able to locate this file more easily (e.g. ‘Documents’ folder ‘My Automap Mappings’)
2. Load the Automap software
3. Go to the Automap Settings Menu.
4. Ensure that MIDI Out is set to Automap MIDI.
5. Ensure that MIDI In is set to Automap MIDI
6. Ensure that at least one MIDI channel is activated:
7. Press the USER button on your Nocturn Keyboard. If only one MIDI channel is active, you will jump straight to the mapping otherwise, if you have multiple MIDI maps, you will be prompted to select a channel
8. Go to File Open and select ‘AbletonLive.automap’ from the folder where you copied it to earlier
NOTE: If you unplug and re-plug your Nocturn Keyboard into a different USB port, then you will need to repeat step 8.
Now please go to the MIDI Sync Preferences in Live and ensure the Control Surface Dropdown menu is set to 'Nocturn' and the Input and Output is set to 'Automap MIDI.'
Now set the Input: Nocturn Keyboard to TRACK : ON, Input: Nocturn Input (Automap MIDI) REMOTE : ON and finally the Output: Nocturn Output (Automap MIDI) REMOTE : ON.
For more information on this please consult the DAW Setup Guide found in the Automap main Menu.