This user guide contains instructions for setting up and using your MIDI Controller TORNADO 1A and it’s software.
Global DJ Tornado A1 is a professional MIDI controller intended for creation and visualization of musical effects by means of hand motions, without touching the equipment. It gives the possibility to control parameters of virtual music synthesizers and effects in a visual way in the public eye and thus to create spectacular live show.
Tornado A1 strengthens DJ’s contact with dancing people, helps to create good mood. Tornado A1 is the system that transforms parameters of hand motions by means of the MEMS technology in accordance with flexible algorithms and methods of the Motion Capture theor y into MIDI control signals.
Tornado A1 wireless gloves are the main component of the Global DJ MIDI controller. Gloves are equipped with a convenient multifunctional multilevel MIDI keyboard attached to the backside. Various MIDI commands can be sent through use of one button.
The MIDI controller can be connected to the laptop/PC through the USB and therefore to various virtual music studios and players (Traktor 2 Pro, Ableton Live, FL Studio, VST plug-ins, Deckadance, Virtual DJ, etc.).
Global DJ Tornado A1 is the system that transforms parameters of hand motions by means of the MEMS technology in accordance with flexible algorithms and methods of the Motion Capture theor y into MIDI control signals.
MIDI controller Tornado A1 consists of next elements (see. Figure 1):
1 – Pair of Leather gloves;
2 – Pair of Visualizations. It is activated at the moment of creating musical effects 3D-gloves. She attracts the attention of people on the dance floor to the creative musical process at the right time;
3 – Pair of 3D-Sensors with keyboards. The Tornado A1 is a system that uses the 3D-Sensors to convert parameters of hand movements into MIDI control signals according to flexible algorithms and methods of the Motion Capture theory. Moreover, the Tornado features a multifunction multi-level MIDI-keyboard located on the gloves. One button can be used for sending
4 – USB Adapter. He connects wireless 3D-Gloves with laptop.
5 – USB Cable. It is used in conjunction with a USB Adapter, as well as for charging 3D-Gloves.
6 – Case for MIDI controller.
Before you get started
Please, visit the DOWNLOADS section at the website and download the driver for your operating system. Install the software, following the instructions described in the file “Readme*.pdf”.
Primarily, we recommend you to install the driver, and after that, to connect the MIDI controller to your computer.
MIDI controller Tornado A1 is delivered fully assembled and ready for operation.
Control and display elements on the gloves (see. Figure 2):
1 – Power switch (equal for both hands);
2 – General-purpose buttons. Four buttons for each keyboard. Their functions is configured in the driver of MIDI controller. You can control the driver settings with them, as well as send MIDI messages to musical programs.
3 – Switch presets in driver’s playlist (Only for the left hand).
4 – General use slide switch. Additional function – locking the keypad on both hands ( Оnly for the switch on the left hand keyboard ).
5 – Slide switch for general use.
6 – Slide switch for general use. Additional function – Activate “Mouse” (Only for the right hand).
7 – mini-USB connector 4-pin to charge the internal battery.
8 – Connector for external light visualization.
9 – The integrated light visualization.
10 – LED indicator for 3D-Sensors.
How does Tornado A1 work
After power sensors with switch 1 (see Figure 2), signal diode 10 indicates for left sensor 1 time, and for the right sensor – 2 times.
After that, the sensors switches to standby mode, while they flashing LED 10 every 5 seconds. When the program control is pressed START (see. Figure 3) and starts continuous operation MIDI controller according to the selected algorithm, the signal LED stops blinking 1 every 5 seconds and starts to display the information that comes from the control program.
This information shows the status of the configured keys (when switching) or the number of the selected preset (see the detailed description of the document TornadoA1Help.pdf). Also, if you press Start, the blue LED lights on the 11 USB Adapter (Figure 1)
A Preset Bank (see Figure 3) is a very useful tool containing a list of presets (earlier selected settings for all methods). In real time and by simple switching between presets, you can change any parameters in methods for MIDI signal generation, and thus alter the sequence of any desired musical effects. Double-clicking on any preset makes it a current one (by loading its settings). Similarly, you may switch between presets via a switch on the glove keyboard.
Connecting Tornado A1 to the music studio Trakt or Pro 2
To connect a MIDI controller Tornado A1 to DJ program Traktor Pro 2, a special configuration file TornadoA1.tsi was created. The file you need to add (or import). Next, you must correctly configure MIDI ports. In the In-Port option to select the port Tornado.
The first introductory launch
To get started, you need to download the program Tornado A1 prepared in advance or standard preset (Figure 3). Standard preset can be downloaded online www.global-dj.com section DOWNLOADS. Next, the downloaded preset selected as the current and run the program (press the START button). Easy to get started with the Tornado A1 using the standard presets for DJ software Traktor Pro 2. For each preset in the Readme*.pdf file is a description of the proposed effects and how to build with the help of hand movements. For a more detailed study of the program, use the TornadoA1 Manual, this file is installed on the computer along with the driver and is on the menu Help.
Charging. Verif ying sensors
Charging of batteries of the gloves is provided when the Sensor and Laptop are connected by the USB cable. When the green indicator 10
(Figure 2) on the Sensor is On, this indicates 90% charge level. 100% charge level is reached within 20-30 minutes after the green indicator is On. The operation time of the gloves at 90% charge is around 5-6 hours.
After 15 minute idle time the sensors enter sleep mode; switch off and then switch on power supply for their activation.
During the idle time, the indication LED blinks 1 time in 5 seconds. If the battery is discharged, the indicator blinks slowly within one minute, and then the sensor enters sleep mode. When you prepare sensors for longterm storage, always switch off their power supply.
Sensor state monitoring
The option Settings->Sensors->Monitoring (See figure) gives the possibility to check the percentage of the residual charge of built-in batteries and the number of the used frequency band. To get this information, switch on both gloves (or the desirable one) and click the Monitoring button. The gloves must be in close proximity to the USB Adapter. In case of the successful response, sensor indicators will rapidly blink 7 times (confirmation of execution of the command). The Adapter will blink 7 times as well.
Channel occupancy monitoring
Can be tested using the relevant option (see figure) Settings->Sensors Occupancy- >Occupancy Test. If all channels are occupied, the blue indicator (operation indicator) on the USB Adapter in the Running mode will blink or will be off many times. To improve the reliability of radio communications, the USB Adapter must be located at the level of DJ’s mixer or higher, with no metal shields, screens and other obstacles.
Certain technical parameters of Tornado A1
– Low requirement to laptop performance.
– Short delay for MIDI messages, 20 ms max.
– USB interface.
– Radio frequency range: 2.4 GHz.
– Radiation power: 1-10 dBm.
– Integrated antennas.
– Operating range: 5-10 m.
– Low power consumption for sensors. The controller ’s uninterrupted operation time is app. 5-6 hours when using small-size LiPol batteries.
– High interference immunity and operating reliability.
– Embedded protection against generation of false MIDI control signals.
Basic advantages of Tornado A1
– Visual and spectacular.
– Stylish and good-looking.
– Easy to use and practicable.
– Small-sized sensors.
– New flexible methods in parameter controlling of virtual musical studios.
– Perfect integration into such musical studios as Traktor 2 Pro and Ableton Live.
– High reliability.
– Multifunction keyboard on the gloves.
– Light follow-up of effects (dependence of color on angle or turn, etc.).
– User-friendly and intuitive software interface.
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