I am a bit helpless with respect to clocking my Fates externally via midi. I bought the Sevilla Soft device, which - as far as I see - works to connect my Laptop and Fates. As I am into live coding with Sonic Pi I am looking for a solution to combine both, Fates applications such as Animator, Fugu, Loom and other sequencers and live coded stuff coming from Sonic Pi. The later speaks Midi (and OSC) and is able to send Midi clock signals. It can send
midi_beat (i. e. 24 signals any bpm beat) or a single signal e. g. every beat; it does also send start and stop commands. I have used this with an Arturia Beatstep and I can also track the signals via Midisnoop. It is not possible at the moment to clock Sonic Pi so it has to be the master.
I tried different norns application with very mixed results. So far I can only give a very incomplete account of what is happening because it don’t really makes sense to me. Mostly it seems as soon as I activate external clocking on Fates it seems to become overloaded with Midi commands. One effect was that the bpm setting went up to 300 on the display and problably even more; audio could not follow and the grid was lit kind of constantly. A comparable effect without the bpm acceleration today was, that my Fates and the current script just became unresponsive obviously trying to process to much at a time. Using midi_beat my impression was, that Fates tried to adjust the bpm to any of the 24 midi signals.
Yesterday I did kind of successfully clock and use Loom together with Sonic Pi for a few minutes. I could also use midi_start and midi_stop just as I expected. Today again my attempts to recreate this configuration are only partly successfull.
I have noticed that norns/fates now has a overall clock function (including Ableton link). I did update all the scripts I tried so far, although I don’t know if they all now do use the ‘system’ clock; Loom e. g. seems to have some individual clock settings.
I am really clueless and grateful to any advice to what I can do to find out what’s really going on.