the correct 2496 Midi software upgrade for your processor:
- Download version 1 (1.4 for original version
- Download version 2 (2.5 for newer version
Download the MIDI-OX program.
When you download, make sure you choose a destination directory (folder) that you will remember in steps 3 and 7.
Purchase and Install the required midi interface cable.
You will need to purchase a special midi transfer cable to connect the computer sound card midi output to the DEQ2496 midi input. Most
computer sound cards use the "Joystick" port (15-pin D connector) as the midi in / out port. The cable you will need will
have a 15-pin male plug on one end, and two midi DIN plugs on the other end. Behringer recommends that you connect the cable to the
DEQ2496 MIDI INPUT ONLY! Also, make sure that the cable connector marked "OUTPUT" is connected to
the DEQ2496 MIDI INPUT.
1) Make sure you turn your computer OFF before connecting the midi interface cable!
2) Make sure that you connect ONLY the MIDI input of the 2496 using the MIDI output from the cable. Behringer strongly recommends this!
On the interface cable, the "Output" DIN plug will be inserted into the "Input" jack on the 2496.
Install the MIDI-OX software.
Just follow the directions when installing the Midi-Ox software on your computer.
Step 4: Configure the MIDI-OX software.
After the software is installed, execute the Midi-Ox program and do the following:
Click Options > MIDI Devices...
You will see 4 windows labeled: MIDI Inputs, MIDI Outputs, Port Mapping and Port Map Objects.
Select your MIDI device in the MIDI Inputs windows so that it shows up in the Port Map Objects window.
Select your MIDI device in the MIDI Outputs window so that it shows up in the Port Mapping window.
If your see "401 UART" instead of "MIDI" on the device name, this is fine as
it is another designator for MIDI naming.
Check to make sure that the "Output Port" is connected to the "MIDI-OX Event Port"
in the software by clicking the "Port
Routings" Button on the top tool bar (8th button from the left with a "Rout 66" sign on it). You should see a connected
diagram as follows:
If you do NOT see a connecting line from the "Output Port" (right) to the "MIDI-OX
Event Port" (lower left) or something similar, then right-click the Output Port connector and then click: "Connect
Output Port". A line should appear connecting the two as shown above. Also make sure that the top two connectors
are labeled MIDI Input and MIDI Output.
Click OK and leave the program running.
Note: It is possible that your sound card may NOT support MIDI In/Out functions. If you can not configure MIDI-OX
as outlined in step 4, this may be the case. You may need to try it on a different computer with MIDI In/Out support. However, check
the next step if you have a built-in embedded sound card on your computer's motherboard.
If you are using a computer with a built-in sound card on the motherboard, make sure that the MIDI ports are enabled. If you
have a sound card that is not built into the motherboard, then you can skip this step.
Step 6: Set Up The DEQ 2496 for the Incoming Upgrade Transfer.
See the UTIL menu, page 2 and make sure that all of the parameters are set up as follows:
The last menu item "CONTROL CHANGE MODE
" will not be seen in versions prior to 1.4
so don't panic. It is not relevant to the upgrade process.
Turn the DEQ 2496 OFF. Press and hold the "UTILITY" button while turning ON the
The 2496 should display a message informing you that it is waiting for the upgrade transfer.
Execute the transfer.
In the MIDI-OX program, select Actions > Send
> SysEx File...
Navigate to the directory ("Look In" dialog box) where you downloaded and saved your ".syx" file
and double-click that file. You should see a message on the 2496 display indicating the transfer progress in pages or "blocks"
uploaded. This process will take about 5 minutes to complete. When it is completed, the 2496 main window will say: "Please
Recycle". This is a fancy way of saying, "Turn off the power and then turn it back on again".
If everything was successful, The UTIL menu page 1 should indicate v1.4 in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Congratulations...
If you did NOT have success, then please see the troubleshooting section that follows...
Troubleshooting Possible Problems:
Even though I had no problems using the above outlined procedure, others have reported problems getting the 2496 to upgrade properly.
Below is a checklist of possible solutions.
1) Check the buffer rate by clicking: "Options"
> "Configure Buffers..." Set the "Low
Level Input Buffers" and "Low Level Output Buffers" to a
"Size" of "64". I guess
Behringer recommends this. You can experiment with different buffer sizes. I use 256 on mine.
Remember to connect ONLY
the MIDI cable OUTPUT to the DEQ-2496 MIDI INPUT. Leave the 2496
MIDI OUTPUT disconnected!
Try using the opposite MIDI DIN cable connector feeding the 2496 input. I had one person report that his cables were marked
the opposite as cables made by most other manufacturers, so it is worth a try.
It is possible, that your sound card may not be MIDI compatible. If you can not get step 4 above configured, then
you may need to try it on another computer or sound card.
If you have a computer with an embedded sound card. on the motherboard, the MIDI ports may be disabled in your CMOS
setup. Reboot your computer and bring up the CMOS setup (F1 or ESC usually) and turn ON the MIDI port.
6) Bill Winkis Jr., KC4PE
reported that the following worked for him:
) Execute the MIDI transfer to the 2496 even though you may not see anything happening.
) Turn the Power off on the 2496
) Turn the Power back on and quickly press the "UTILITY
twice and then watch the display...
(I suspect that pressing and holding the "UTILITY
" button while pressing the
will accomplish the same thing.)
If the transfer worked, you will see the pages on the 2496 update very quickly and your done!
If it still did not work, then read the Behringer suggestions that follow...
7) USB to MIDI Converters: Paul Christensen, W9AC
had a unique problem updating his DEQ2496. He was using a Yamaha USB
to Midi converter since he did not have a MIDI port in his computer. The transfer did not work until he increased both of his "Low
Level Input / Output Buffer"
sizes higher than 256
to a value of 1024
(In MIDI-OX, this can be done by clicking: "Options
> Configure Buffers...
" and then setting both values to
1024 Buffers.) He reports that once the buffer was set to 1024, the transfer went very quick and was successful. Thanks Paul for this
8) Jim Henderson
reports that he had to change the buffer delay in the SysEx transfer options to 120 mS. To do this,
" > "SysEx...
" > "Configure...
Then make sure the "Delay After F7:
" is checked and set the "MilliSeconds
" to a value of "120 mS
When transferring properly, the DEQ main screen will display a series of
small squares. If you see anything else, a value is incorrect. Make sure that the "Output Buffer Size" is "1024",
and that the "Delay" is set to "120 mS".)
The following are Behringer's suggestions for upgrading and troubleshooting the DEQ2496 software upgrade:
Behringer DEQ2496 Software Upgrade Recommendations:
The DEQ2496 software upgrade is done via MIDI and you will need a software package which can transfer Sys Ex files.
(Also ensure that the drivers for the MIDI device are installed correctly).
1) Download the DEQ2496_V1.4 Sys Ex file to your PC.
(eg.- after download, save zip file to desktop - extract to desktop)
2) Connect the DEQ2496 "MIDI in" to the PC interface "MIDI out".
3) Select "utilities" menu in DEQ2496 and go to page 2. Turn everything off except "receive Sys Ex dump"
4) Open you MIDI sequencer software (or a MIDI tool like MIDI Ox) and select activity "send Sys Ex file"
You should be presented with some form of browser window to locate the correct sys ex file.
5) Hit "OK" to confirm. The DEQ2496 display will show "overwriting block xy / " and a file transfer
progress window is displayed by the pc.
After a while... the update is complete.
6) To initiate the new firmware restart the DEQ2496
(I performed a complete reset, but this shouldn't be necessary).
Behringer DEQ2496 Software Upgrade Troubleshooting Data:
1) Make sure you only have one MIDI cable connected from the output of MIDI OX (PC) to the DEQ MIDI IN.
2) Make sure you do not have any "filters" (e.g. "running status", "sysex", etc.) set
on your MIDI interface or MIDI OX (default on MIDI OX should be fine). Also make sure no "midi time stamping" is being used.
3) If the operation is not completed after ensuring the above steps, it may be necessary to adjust the buffer settings
in MIDI OX, by going to Options, and choosing Configuration Buffers. This may require some experimentation to find the right settings...
If all else fails, contact Behringer customer support at: (425
If you have solved a MIDI transfer problem that was not mentioned on this page, please contact me with your problem and solution so that
I can document it here for others.
Many thanks to: KA0KA, K2WS
, K4QKY, K8YK
their invaluable assistance in providing solutions and their hours of troubleshooting and experimenting to arrive at them.