Hey, all -
I just had a “doh!” moment when trying to help a user, and wanted to make sure everyone knew about this…
The current release of StageCaller offers a “Heartbeat” feature. It’s there in your settings. This is basically a pulse that you can set to send a tiny piece of data out from the device back to your show computer, to make sure the device is still ready and waiting to receive a cue. And, of course, I believe that, in both MIDI and OSC, that it’s good to keep the network a little bit active at all times - kind of like an RF pilot tone. (Please note that I have zero scientific basis for this belief, though when I’ve used the heartbeat, I’ve not had dropouts, so there is experimental evidence…)
“But,” you may be asking yourself, “how do I monitor this heartbeat?”
If you’re using MIDI, that MIDI pulse can be easily monitored using any MIDI monitoring tool or software. My tool of choice on the Mac is snoize’s aptly named, and totally free “MIDI Monitor” - you can download it here: http://www.snoize.com/MIDIMonitor/ I like this application because I’ve had it running in dozens of other (non StageCaller) settings, and it has never caused any problems, nor does it eat many resources.
On first launch, you do want to make sure no other MIDI software is running. After that, I think it can launch midstream.
When I use it, I set it to only remember the last few events; otherwise the screen fills up pretty fast, with a pulse every 3 or 5 seconds…
One of my colleagues has been playing around with an OSC monitoring tool, that’s till in a pre-beta state. I’m playing around with some other OSC monitors that already exist; I’ll post an announcement if either of these work out. But, please note - you can certainly use OSC to trigger your device, and MIDI for the Heartbeat - you just need to make sure you have a MIDI session running.
Hope this is of use!