Step-by-Step Guide – MIDI MCU Controller
One of the most significant benefits of KLANG’s latest OS version is the inclusion of a powerful MIDI translator tool. This provides an MCU (Mackie Control Universal) protocol integration, which allows engineers to connect one or more MIDI MCU-compatible fader controllers to the company’s KLANG:app for tactile mix control. Ideal for monitor engineers that want to dial into musicians’ mixes from a hardware-based controller, the new integration provides facilities for Mute and Solo buttons, Channel labels and Bank Select, Snapshot control, in addition to bi-directional fader control.
- Connect one or more MIDI MCU fader controller to KLANG:app to control your own mix
- Bi-directional fader control, Mute and Solo Buttons, Channel labels, Bank Select and Snapshot control
- Works for Monitor engineers that want to dial into musicians mixes from the hardware controller
- Works for Musicians that want to achieve haptic control of their mixes with KLANG:app
A classic MCU controller can handle a block of 8 channels. Some controllers offer more than 8 channels and hence comprise two individual MCU controllers, which are shown as two individual MIDI devices.
Step 1 – Connect your MIDI MCU Controller
Make sure your MIDI MCU controller is connected to your PC/Mac/Tablet/Smartphone correctly.
Step 2 – Start KLANG:app and Connect
In KLANG:app go to CONFIG and click on the Settings icon right next to INFO.
Step 3 – Choose a MIDI Translator Template
You will see a your MIDI device under “Midi-Remote”. In this example the MIDI controller offers 16 channels and hence comprises two separate MCU devices– MIDI-MCU Port 1 and MIDI-MCU Port 2.
Click in the drop down menu right next to your device and select a Template.
Edit the name and click OK. Your MIDI mappings will be stored unter this new name.
There is currently no possibility to delete this setting or rename it via KLANG:app. On Mac OS / Windows this is stored in your application specific folder and can be renamed and deleted manually.
Step 4 – MIDI Mappings
Go to CONFIG > CHANNELS.
You can assign a REMOTE ID (this is the index of e.g. the faders on your MCU controller) and map to a particular channel in KLANG:app.
To automatically assign Remote IDs to the channels, click on the REMOTE ID button.
MIDI MCU channel faders
Remote control channel gains with a haptic fader oder knob. Motorized faders will follow any fader movement in KLANG:app as well.
Select buttons will switch mixes
Easily switch between mixes on a KLANG:fabrik, KLANG:vier or a cascade of KLANG units.
Play, Rec, Previous, Next will be perform Snapshot commands.
- Play: Recall snapshot
- Record: Take new snapshot
- Fast Forward/Next: Go to next snapshot
- Reverse/Previous: Go to previous snapshot
Channel displays will show channel Names
Bank Select / Move
Bank select will move right / left in blocks of 8 channels. Bank move will move 1 channel left/right accordingly. A white bar below the channel faders in KLANG:app will indicate which channels are remote controlled
Special workflow features…
- Audio button (might be called different depending on controller used) switches to Fader View
- Pan switches to Orbit View
- Master section (click Master then use Rotary Know) will tweak Master Level
- Panorama is NOT mapped to Orbit positions.