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USING NATIVELY SUPPORTED HARDWARE CONTROLLERS‌‌

Mixcraft 7 features native support for the Mackie Control Universal (formerly known as “Logic Control”), Frontier Design Group Tranzport, and Novation Launchpad, as well as Acoustica’s own Mixcraft Remote mobile app for smart phones and tablets (see pg.

272, "Configuring the Mixcraft Remote Mobile App "). This means Mixcraft already “knows” how to interact with the knobs, sliders, and switches for these hardware controllers. Once they’re plugged in and enabled, no further assignment or MIDI mapping is needed. Hooray!

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CONFIGURING NATIVELY SUPPORTED USB AND MIDI CONTROLLERS

No special drivers are necessary to set up a Mackie Control Universal, Tranzport, Launchpad, or the Mixcraft Remote mobile app to work in Mixcraft. Here’s how to add them.

Plug it in. If you’re using a newer Mackie Control Universal, Tranzport, or Launchpad, plug a USB cable into the control device on one side, and an open USB port on the other. If you’re using an older Mackie Control with MIDI ports, plug these into either a dedicated MIDI port on a USB MIDI interface, or use the MIDI in/out jacks on your audio interface.

Upon plugging in the controller device, Mixcraft will display the following window. This acknowledges that you’ve plugged in a new piece of hardware. Click OK.

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In the upper left corner, click File>Preferences, then select Control Surfaces. In the Type column at the left, click on Add New. When you see a the device in the drop- down menu, click to select it.

If the device is USB, select it in the Input and Output columns to the right. If the device is MIDI, select the name of the MIDI interface in the Input and Output columns. If you’re using the MIDI I/O on your audio interface, select it by name in the Input and Output columns.

Note: If you’re using an older Mackie Control and the large fluorescent display doesn’t work properly, please choose Logic Control in the Type column; otherwise select Mackie Control.

Click OK at the bottom of the Preferences window and you’re set!

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USING MACKIE CONTROL UNIVERSAL WITH MIXCRAFT

The Mackie Control Universal (aka MCU) is a full-featured mixer-style control surface with channel strip and transport controls, a jog wheel, and numerous other controls. Because it’s designed to work with numerous DAW programs, all of its controls may not apply to Mixcraft, but we’ve implemented as many controls as possible in order to best take advantage of MCU’s control interface. Below is a list of the currently implemented controls:

MCU Control

Function

Rewind Transport Control

moves playhead back by 4x snap value

Fast-forward transport control

moves playhead forward by 4x snap value

Stop transport control

stops playback or recording

Play transport control

initiates playback

Record transport control

initiates recording

Master fader

sets master volume

Jog wheel

moves playhead forward or back by snap value

Flip button

reverses V-Pot pan and vol fader controls

Channel fader

sets track volume

V-Pot rotate (channel strip)

above channel strips, sets pan

V-Pot push (channel strip)

resets panning to center

Rec/Ready (channel strip)

arms channel recording

Solo (channel strip)

solos the track

Mute (channel strip)

mutes the track

Select (channel strip)

selects the track

Bank Left/Right (fader banks)

shifts faders controlling onscreen mixer by eight channels

Channel Left/Right (fader banks)

shifts faders controlling onscreen mixer by one channel

SMPTE/Beats

toggles Time/Beat display mode

Click

toggles metronome on/off

Undo

cancels last action

Redo

restores last undo action

Save

saves the current project

Touch

enables automation Touch mode

Cycle

toggles loop mode on/off

Arrow up/down

selects tracks up or down

Arrow left/right

moves position caret according to

Snap To setting

Arrow left/right w/Zoom engaged

increases/decreases horizontal view size

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MACKIE CONTROL DISPLAY

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The Mackie Control display shows the following information for each of the current tracks:

Track panning percentage, left or right

Track number

Track name (abbreviated to four characters)

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OVERWRITE AND TOUCH FADER AUTOMATION MODES

When used in conjunction with a Mackie Control Universal, automation data can be written in real time by moving the faders. There are two write modes regulating how Mixcraft interprets fader movements and position. These can be set either in

Mix>Automation Recording Mode in the Main Window menus, or on the MCU in the

Automation section with the Write and Touch buttons.

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OVERWRITE MODE

When a lane’s automation is armed and recording, Mixcraft continuously writes the current fader or V-Pot position for the duration of recording. As a fader or V-Pot is moved during recording, the current position is what gets written to Mixcraft. Bear in mind that if you have automation already written, Mixcraft erases previous automation and overwrites as it moves along.

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TOUCH MODE

Mackie Control Universal and other MCU-compatible devices feature touch-sensitive faders - they literally know if you’re touching them. This gives Mixcraft the ability to write automation only while a fader is being touched. When an automation lane is armed and recording, Mixcraft only writes (or overwrites) automation if a finger is

touching the fader. Mixcraft immediately stops writing as soon as the finger is released. Next to all the faders automatically scurrying up and down on power-up, this is the MCU’s most impressive party trick!

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USING FRONTIER DESIGN GROUP TRANZPORT

Tranzport is a compact, wireless remote control surface featuring transport controls, a jog wheel, and other button controls.

Here’s a list of Tranzport’s functions when used with Mixcraft:

Tranzport Control

Function

Rewind Transport Control

moves playhead back by 4x snap value

Fast-forward transport control

moves playhead forward by 4x snap value

Stop transport control

stops playback or recording

Play transport control

initiates playback

Record transport control

initiates recording

Jog wheel

moves playhead forward or back by snap value

Jog wheel+Shift button

adjusts volume of currently selected track

Track L/R

increments track selection up and down

Rec (small black button)

arms recording for currently selected track

Mute (channel strip)

mutes currently selected track

Solo (channel strip)

soloes currently selected track

Undo

cancels last action

Punch

toggles recording punch in/out

Loop

toggles loop mode on/off

Markers/ Prev

moves playhead back to next earliest marker

Markers/ Add

inserts a marker at current playhead location

Markers/ Next

advances playhead to next marker

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TRANZPORT LCD DISPLAY

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Tranzport’s display shows the following:

Track name (abbreviated to a maximum of six characters)

Track number

Fader volume level

Current playhead position (displayed in time or beats depending on current Time/ Beats setting).

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CONFIGURING THE MIXCRAFT REMOTE MOBILE APP

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Mixcraft Remote is a free mobile app for iOS and Android that lets you control the transport and other functions wirelessly using an iPhone, iPad, or Android phones and tablets. Android versions are downloadable via Google Play Store; iOS versions are downloadable via the Apple App store. Here's how to use it.

Download and install the Mixcraft Remote mobile app in your mobile device.

In your computer’s upper left corner, click File>Preferences, then select Control Surfaces. In the Type column at the left, click on Add New. Select Mixcraft Remote in the dropdown menu. (Unlike other external hardware controllers, you won’t need to set the Input and Output drop-down menus.)

Click OK at the bottom of the Preferences window and you’re all set!

Launch Mixcraft Remote on the mobile device; it will automatically locate and pair to your computer.

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USING THE MIXCRAFT REMOTE MOBILE APP

The following functions are controllable with the Mixcraft Remote app.

Mixcraft Remote Control

Function

Record transport Control

initiates recording

Return to beginning control

moves playhead to start of project

Rewind transport control

moves playhead back by 4x snap value

Play transport control

initiates playback

Fast-forward transport control

moves playhead forward by 4x snap value

Fast-forward to end transport control

moves playhead to end of project

Undo

cancels last action

Redo

restores last action

Save

saves the current project

Master volume slider

adjusts project volume

Song position

touch the Beats/Time display, then slide the pop-up bar to move the playhead to any position in the current project

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