Hughes & Kettner Remote

An editor for Hughes & Kettner guitar amplifiers (GrandMeister 36, GrandMeister Deluxe 40 and Black Spirit 200 Head and Combo).

Download Windows Application (1.0) – Downloads: 807

Download Mac Application (1.0.1) – Downloads: 191

Note : A MIDI/USB interface is needed to connect the amp to your computer. M-Audio Uno interface or equivalent is recommended.

This application is designed to be a desktop alternative to the official ipad remote application for Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36, GrandMeister Deluxe 40 and Black Spirit 200 guitar amplifiers.
It is an upgrade from the previous version with added support for Black Spirit 200 (head and combo) amplifiers.

Once started the Editor will try to connect to the Amp (don’t forget to setup the “Input” / “Device” and “Output” / “Device” in the “Midi” menu). Once connected it will synchronize with the Amp by downloading its configuration.

There is a “Library” / “Amp” toggle button in the “Preset” section allowing you to switch between editing the current Amp preset or the current Library preset. When in “Library” mode, the presets stored in the amp are not modified, unless you use the “Store” or “Store As” buttons.

The “Compare” section allows you to visualize and ear the differences between the current preset before and after your modifications. When flipping the toggle button, any modified command will turn orange and switch between the original and modified value. If you want to cancel your changes, simply hit the “Restore Orig.” button.

For GrandMeister amplifiers, in the “Settings” screen, you can use the “Power Soak” toggle to switch between “Global” (Power Soak value is kept the same on every preset) or “Preset” (each preset has it’s own Power Soak value) mode. The “Global” setting is only supported in “Library” mode.

The application is capable of loading files generated with H&K’s iPad application. Simply select a .gm36memory, .gm40memory or .bsmemory file from the “Load” screen, it will automatically be converted and saved in a .gm36, .gm40 or .bs200 file. You can also export your libraries into iPad compatible files with the “Save for iPad” button. Support for reading files exported from the Android application is also available (only for Grandmeisters).

The Library Editor screen allows you to rearrange presets within your library files. Use shift + arrow keys to select multiple presets ; move presets using the dedicated up and down buttons ; and copy/paste patches using ctrl + c / ctrl + v shortcuts. Once you’re done, go back to the main screen and save your library or send it to the amp. You can also open an external file and use it’s content as a source for copy/paste operations.

Download Windows Application (1.0) – Downloads: 807

Download Mac Application (1.0.1) – Downloads: 191

Library Editor screen :
Library Editor Screen

Known issues :

  • “Save for iPad” will only work for Grandmeister 36 ipad app
  • Loading a Grandmeister library file when in Black Spirit 200 mode will generate errors

18 thoughts on “Hughes & Kettner Remote”

  1. If I have the original Windows version of the H&K Grandmeister Remote app already installed and working on my laptop. Is there a specific way to upgrade to this, the latest version properly so I don’t screw anything up?

  2. Hi, i try your app on my pc. i bought wire MIDI / USB.

    I plugged in and out in midi and in usb port, doesn’t work.

    Seems not connected.

    Of course, the amp is on!

    You have an issue?

    • Hi Nicolas,

      There should be no particular issue.
      Did you set the input and output devices in the MIDI menu to match your USB cable ?
      If that’s OK and it still doesn’t work, try and swap the input and output MIDI terminals on the amp.
      Let me know if you managed to solve your problem.

      Best regards.

    • OK, can you tell me what are the status of the blue red and green leds in the application ?
      Also, can you tell me if operating the channel switch on the application changes the channel on the amp and vice versa ?

  3. Blue and red not flashing, green flashing and no nothing changed.

    I mean, the same as if it’s not plugged….

    The midi Cable is working fine and the midi on Amp too, cause i use footswitch in there….

    Input USB2.0-Midi
    Outpout USB2.0-Midi ( i Try all others options too)

    Looks like not connected together

    • OK strange…
      One last thing, even if it should be detected automatically, can you go to the settings page and force “Amp type” to “BS 200” if it’s not already there ?
      If you’re still in trouble, please contact me via email (available in the help screen (“?” button) of the app) and we’ll setup a Team Viewer session to sort this out.

    • Hi Jim,
      As I told you via email, you need to use a proper USB/MIDI interface (e.g. M-Audio Uno). Cheap USB/MIDI interfaces cannot handle large SYSEX messages used by H&K amps.
      Also, regarding the “Import resource failed” message, it’s most likely due to an access right issue. Please try and run the program as an Administrator (Right click / Run as administrator).
      Best regards,

  4. Hi, I am trying to download and install the latest remote from the link above Windows Application (1.0) and keep getting these two error messages.
    ” The code execution can not proceed…. VCRUNTIME140.dll not found ….”
    ” The code execution can not proceed…. MSVCP140.dll not found ….”

    What do I do?

  5. Hello and Help? I am a new GM40 Deluxe owner and am trying out this software, which seems great. When I connect, the software defaults to the Black Spirit 200 panel instead of the GM40 panel. I’ve tred lots of different things. I am indeed using the M Audio Uno cable. Thoughts? Thanks so much! Also, what is the procedure to load up the presets I have built in the GM40 into the software? In Black Spirit mode, it is not showing my presets the may I saved them using the foot controller.

    • Hi Neilkamman

      There is a known issue with GM36/GM40 mode : the app does not restore properly when not in BS200 mode :-/
      The workaround would be to go to settings page upon startup (before connecting the amp), switch to BS200, click OK, then connect the amp so that the app automatically switches to the appropriate mode.

      Please let me know if this solves your issue.


  6. I can’t seem to get this software working.
    I have windows 10 and have downloaded the Windows Application (1.0) .
    I have attached the midi cables to the amp and usb to the PC.
    What are the preferences I need to enable in the software?
    Are all teh midi channels meant to be set to channel 1?
    I’m getting error (00:20:59:000326)

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