What is LC Xmu?
Turn your MIDI controller into a Logic / Mackie Control
LC Xmu emulates one or more Logic Controls (LC) or Mackie Controls (MC) in software, so you can use generic MIDI controllers to control and automate many Mac OS X Audio/MIDI host applications that support the Logic/Mackie Control protocol.
A MIDI controller’s knobs, faders, buttons or keys can be mapped to the emulated LC/MC’s faders, v-pots and buttons, and the host application will behave exactly as if it has a real Logic Control or Mackie Control connected. LC Xmu provides one-way controller communication for simpler controllers, and two-way communication with control and display feedback for various more capable controllers — including a real Mackie Control.
See what you’re controlling
Unlike other simple emulations, LC Xmu’s scalable onscreen display provides full visual feedback of the current state of the emulated LC/MC’s LCD screen, Assign display, channel button LEDs and host-specific function button LEDs.
The LC Xmu display may be scaled horizontally to line up the channels with your controller’s channel faders or knobs, for quick, accurate control. Display sections may be shown or hidden as required.
Stop wasting time remapping controls
LC Xmu is a very flexible way of using generic MIDI controllers with your host application, without spending hours setting up and then constantly re-configuring controller assignments, mixer maps, custom consoles, MIDI learn, environments, etc.
Map your controller to the emulated LC/MC controls once, then the host application automatically maps its mixer controls, plugin controls, navigation and other functions to the emulated LC/MC controls, remapping and updating on the fly as you navigate around the mixer and plugins.
Of course, you can allow single controls to pass through to the host application unmodified, or bypass all notes and/or CCs in LC Xmu at any time, to use the host application’s own MIDI control abilities — so you can mix and match control techniques for the best of both worlds.
Switch among LC/MC-aware apps on the fly
LC Xmu manages all MIDI communication between the emulated LC/MC and the host application, and can communicate with multiple host applications simultaneously.
This means that you can switch LC Xmu control among running host applications on the fly, with no MIDI conflict — the LC/MC state is fully saved and updated for each host application, with correct feedback supplied to the LC Xmu display and controller at all times.
You can even use LC Xmu to allow a real Mackie Control to switch among running host applications, with fully updated screens, controls and LEDs.
LC Xmu emulates the unchanging LC/MC hardware, so if a host application’s support for the LC/MC is updated, or a new host application adds LC/MC support, the new functionality is immediately available without requiring an updated version of LC Xmu. If you add a new VST or AU plugin, the plugin’s controls are immediately available without learning or remapping.
See the LC Xmu feature summary for more of LC Xmu’s capabilities.
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