How to update firmware for v2 controllers using the desktop loader

Hi!

In order to update the firmware for your controller you will need to download the Firmware loader for your OS:

In macOS you only need to drag the file to your Applications folder.

Then, you’ll need the firmware files.
You can always find the latest firmware on our Gitlab page, inside the binaries folder.
Download the ytx-v2-firmware files as needed (main or aux).

  1. Open the application, and go to Options -> MIDI Port.
  2. Choose the port that matches the name of your controller and press OK, and then you should see a message that tells that either the connection was made correctly, or that it failed. If it fails, the port might already be taken by another application, so make sure to close every appilcation that might be using your MIDI ports, like Kilowhat for example.
  3. When it succeeds to open the port, it will automatically reboot your controller to bootloader state, and be ready to receive a new firmware. You will see the “KilomuxBOOT” when it is ready.
  4. Go to Loader, and select whether Main Firmware Update or Aux Firmware Update.
  5. Choose the right firmware file and press OK to send it to your controller
  6. You will see a progress bar and when it completes the controller will be restarted and ready to go!

NOTE: Updating a firmware won’t erase your Kilowhat configuration

If by any chance, after a firmware update you don’t see your controller listed as a USB device anymore, we set a hard entry to the bootloader.

For this you’ll need a MIDI cable. Hopefully you have one of those, and if you don’t, there is still a way to make it work: Wired way to enter force bootloader entry

Steps for this are:

  1. Unplug USB.
  2. Plug the MIDI OUT port to the MIDI IN port with a DIN5 MIDI cable. If you don’t have a MIDI DIN5 cable, it’ll be a little harder, but it can be done. You’d need to wire like in the picture linked above, both pins 4 and 5 on the MIDI OUT connector to its matching pin on the MIDI IN connector.
  3. Plug the USB, and you should see that the status LED cycles through different colors. This indicates bootloader mode is active.
  4. You should see the green “KilomuxBOOT” label in the firmware loader app.
  5. Send the firmware to the controller.
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Recommend a MIDI cable? I was going to order one of these:

I at the moment don’t have anything that does MIDI… I’m assuming MIDI cables are like HDMI cables where there’s no real “signal quality” since it’s all digital? I don’t need gold plated MIDI cables, right? Especially for just an emergency reset in an edge case scenario… but let’s assume I had other devices doing midi I still don’t need gold plated MIDI cables, right?

Feature request: Sell us a 1’ midi cable! $10 upsell! lol. Or even make a “reset cable”… (you could connect pin 3 <->6 and 2 <-> 4 like a “MIDI crossover”, then the reset cable (or two paper clips, which at the moment I can’t scrounge up… lol) would be required…)

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monoprice cables are usually pretty good and not overpriced, in my experience.

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Just to clarify: You don’t need a MIDI cable to update/upload firmware to your controller. The MIDI cable is needed in special cases where you may need to brute-force the controller in bootloader mode. (hopefully no often, but sh* happens :slight_smile: )

Regarding the MIDI cable (which is a good idea to have around) I would say:
For permanent installations, any MIDI cable will do fine. for example that one from amazon.
If you plan to move it around alot, I would avoid the molded ones on the ends, and find a stronger conector. At leasts you can repair it.

But I have seen cheep +20 year old MIDI cables working fine.

Indeed! But being that I didn’t have one on hand, I just knew I would be that one time something happens… :smiley:

I did get the cable above, just in case… and happy to report the firmware update went swimmingly! Super easy, barely an inconvenience! Actually, no inconvenience, the firmware updater is super easy to use!

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So what if Kilowhat had a “hard boot” key combination? Like, still keep this with the midi cable as a failsafe…? But you could record (similar to my other power button request Feature request: Power Button ) “if I see these buttons pressed when I’m booting do ‘The Hustle!’”

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