M-Audio CTRL49 - Complete Setup with Logic Pro X

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KMD CTRL49 2 BThe CTRL49 is a full-featured USB/MIDI keyboard, complete with VIP integration and Mackie/HUI support for instant integration with most DAWs. This articles provides a complete walkthrough for CTRL49 and VIP setup and mapping in Logic Pro X.

 

Contents

  1. Before You Begin
  2. Hardware Setup
  3. Synchronization Setup
  4. Mackie Control Surface Setup
  5. Opening VIP in Logic Pro X
  6. Controlling Multiple Instances of VIP
  7. Using Multi-Out VST Instruments with VIP and Logic Pro X
  8. Further Technical Support

 

 

Before You Begin

Before you begin with the Logic Pro X setup, be sure to watch our complete download, installation and authorization video for the necessary drivers and VIP Software Package:

 

 Hardware Setup

  1. Connect the CTRL49  to your computer using a USB cable.
  2. Press the SETUP button > Logic Pro X. Press down on the Data Dial to select.
  3. Press the GLOBAL button.
  4. Use the navigation arrows to navigate to Transport Format and use the scroll knob in the center to make sure this is set to "DAW Fader"
  5. Press the Page Right button twice and use the navigation arrows and data dial to change the Clock Source to External.

 

Synchronization Setup

  1. Open Logic Pro X and create a new session.
  2. From the top toolbar, choose File > Project Settings >Synchronization...

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  3. In the Synchronization window, select the MIDI tab.

  4. Within the MIDI Clock section, check the Destination 1 box and, in the drop down menu below, select Port A for your CTRL49 USB controller. 

    CTRL49 sync
     
  5. Close the Synchronization window. 

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Mackie Control Surface Setup

The M-Audio CTRL49 comes complete with Mackie/HUI functionality for quick and seamless integration with virtually every popular DAW, including Ableton Live Lite. This makes setting up the CTRL49 transport and fader section incredibly simple. 

Important: This section must be completed correctly in order for the CTRL49 to work properly. Due to the nature of the Mackie/HUI protocol and Logic Pro X MIDI port mapping, not assigning the following ports correctly could result in fader movements on the CTRL49 affecting the pitch of the selected instruments. Please follow the steps below carefully to ensure success:

  1. Select Logic Pro X from the top bar. Choose Control Surfaces > Setup...  from the menu.

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  2. Click on New > Install... in the control surface setup and and choose Mackie Control from the list. Click Add to add the device and then close the window.

    CTRL49 Mackie

  3. In the top left, find Output From and Input From and choose CTRL49 Mackie/HUI as the port for both.

     CTRL49 ports

  4. After setting this, the screen should look like this.

    CTRL49 device

  5. Your CTRL keyboard is now setup to have fader control, transport control, and knob control.

Please Note: If the wrong port is selected as the input/output port for the Mackie Control Surface, or the control surface is not in use at all, you may experience unresponsive keys, keys opening and closing windows, and/or faders affecting the pitch of your virtual instrument. Simply double-check and re-assign the Mackie Control Surface ports to CTRL49 Mackie/HUI.

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Opening VIP in Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X will auto scan on your computer for any plugins located in the folder: Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > Components

  1. With a project open in Logic Pro X, click on the New Track button to create a new track.

  2. In the window that opens, choose Software Instrument and then click on Create.

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  3. Locate the Track Column on left for the new instrument track you just created.  Scroll your mouse over the Track Insert button (highlighted below) and it will change from the name of the instrument to showing various insert controls.

    CTRL49 plugin

  4. Click on the right-side of the track insert button and choose AU Instruments > VIP > VIP > Stereo to add VIP to the Logic Pro X project. (See the section later in this article for more info on using the Multi-Out version of VIP)

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  5. The VIP interface will now open on your track.

    CTRL49 VIP

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Controlling Multiple Instances of Logic Pro X

You can open as many instances of VIP within Logic Pro X that your computer processor can handle. The CTRL49 will control one VIP instance at a time, and you can then quickly change which VIP instance the CTRL49 is controlling using the DAW Control mode.

Please note: DAW Control mode will change which VIP instance the CTRL49 is focused on for preset browsing/organization, and controlling plugin parameters via the 8 rotary knobs and buttons. However, MIDI note messages from the keyboard and pads are still routed by Logic Pro X, so you'll still need to select which VIP instance you'd like to perform on by highlighting or arming the track in Logic. See the Controller Assignments section for how to easily use the Mackie/HUI switches to select your tracks from the CTRL49.

  1. Press the Main button and then press the Page Right button below the display (this will light up if you have more than one instance open). You will see all of the VIP instances and their current presets listed, similar to the picture below:

    CTRL49 DAWCOntrol

  2. Use the Data Dial on the CTRL49 to scroll through the available VIP Instances, and push in the Data Dial to select it.

  3. Alternatively, this cam be done from the VIP software interface as well. Open the VIP instance you'd like to control and click on the Highlight to Connect to Hardware icon, which is located at the top right corner in VIP as shown in the picture below:

    CTRL49 icon

    This icon will flash to indicate the currently selected instance of VIP.

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Using Multi-Out VST Instruments with VIP and Logic Pro X

Many VST instruments can send multiple separate channels of audio to a DAW like Logic Pro X, including VIP. Consult your VST instrument's user guide for more information. VIP will recognize and open these multi-out plugin versions. Here are the steps to route these separate audio tracks with Logic Pro X.

  1. Add a software instrument track and add the VIP > Multi Output (8xStereo) plugin.

    CTRL49 multi

  2. From Logic's mixer view, you'll notice this VIP Multi Output track will have a plus and minus sign just above the Mute/Solo buttons. Press the plus button to add new outputs from VIP.

    CTRL49 route

  3. In VIP, any scanned VST Instruments that has multi-out versions will be listed separately. Load one of the multi-out versions.

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  4. Route the audio outputs within your VST Instrument as instructed in the program's user guide. The individual audio tracks in Logic will receive this separated audio channels. That's it!

Remember: You can also use this same method to route different channels of your VIP multi to separate tracks in Logic. To route a channel in your multi to a different output, simply open the Multi Mixer in VIP and change the output option to the designated output channel:

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Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an M-Audio product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the M-Audio technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support. 

 

 

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