Quincy for Mac OS


MIDI allows us stream Quincy's output to other applications for recording or playback. For this purposes Quincy uses a technique known as Virtual MIDI. Virtual MIDI needs parctically no configuration, is supported on most DAWs and has very low latency. Let's take a look at Ableton Live as an example.


Setting up Ableton Live

Make sure you have Quincy running on your Mac. Then launch Live. Above we have the Live Preferences window on the MIDI / Sync tab. As you can see Quincy is now listed as input source. Click the 'on' button under Track as shown.

Now you can click the 'MIDI From' button in your track and select Quincy to start recording it.


Setting up Reason

Setting up Reason is equally easy. Launch Reason making sure Quincy is running. Then go to Preferences : Advanced. Reason uses Busses as metaphor in its interface, so here we select Quincy from the popup menus for Bus A - D.


Logic Pro and GarageBand

Neither Logic Pro nor GarageBand have any settings that need to be set for virtual MIDI. Both apps simply bunch the signal into incoming MIDI and process it.


Local Audio

When recording MIDI in most cases you may want to mute Quincy's audio. To do so just go to Preferences (cmd-,) and disable Local Audio.



MIDI allows us to extend the reach of what is possible with Quincy quite dramatically. We can record the MIDI signal into a DAW or drive soft synthesizers like Reaktor. Very little effort is needed to do so this is definitely an area to experiment with.

Next we will take a look at the menus in Quincy. There are some options that are not available directly in our windows.