Use almost any generic MIDI controller
Almost any hardware MIDI controller sending appropriate CC or note events may be mapped to the emulated LC/MC’s faders, v-pots and buttons. Up to four hardware controllers may be merged into each emulated LC/MC, to provide sufficient emulated LC/MC faders/buttons.
Hardware features such as endless encoders, motorfaders, hardware LCD and LED displays may be supported by dedicated LC Xmu controller modules — see controllers for details.
Sophisticated onscreen display
LC Xmu provides onscreen emulation of the LC/MC LCD screen, Assign display, channel button LEDs and the most relevant function button LED indicators for each host.
LC Xmu displays may be scaled horizontally to match hardware control spacing, and can be configured to be “always on top” when LC Xmu is in the background, so the display is still visible while you work in the host application. Display sections may be shown or hidden as required. Displays can be grouped to move as a single unit.
Soft takeover prevents value jumps
Soft takeover for absolute hardware knobs and faders prevents sudden jumps in controlled parameter values when switching between different parameter sets, switching between different host applications, or un-bypassing LC Xmu. The control in the host application will not move until the hardware control passes through the same value.
LC Xmu’s onscreen display indicates the direction and distance to soft takeover pickup. Because LC Xmu receives feedback from the host application at all times, soft takeover works even during automation playback.
Emulate multiple LC/MC’s
Multiple LC Xmu instances may be run simultaneously within a single application, to emulate multiple LC/MC’s — each emulated LC/MC has its own LC Xmu display, and may be switched among multiple host applications, or all emulated LC/MC’s may address the same host (depending on the host implementation).
You may dedicate one or more controllers to each emulated LC/MC, split a controller between multiple emulated LC/MC’s, use multiple LC/MC’s with single or multiple host applications, or any combination — the possibilities are endless.
Multiple host support, switchable on the fly
LC Xmu supports many LC/MC-aware host applications, with custom function names, LED names, Modes and Modifiers for each host. Each controller has its own controller-to-LC/MC function mapping for each host application, and LC Xmu automatically switches function mappings when switching host. LC Xmu ships with several predefined host definitions — these may be duplicated and customized to support additional hosts.
Multiple host applications may be switched among on the fly with no MIDI conflict, and full saved LC/MC state for each host application. Host applications do not need to release the emulated LC/MC at any time.
Flexible bypass options
Individual hardware controller notes and CCs may be selectively passed through to the host application for MIDI learn or for playing midi instruments and softsynths, etc.
LC Xmu can also bypass all notes, CCs or both with a single command, for immediate access to your controller’s normal functionality. Some controller types allow custom bypass mapping, allowing non-assignable controllers like the Mackie Control or JL Cooper CS-10 to send user-definable MIDI messages.
Use eight buttons or keys to emulate eighty!
LC Xmu Modes allow just eight keys or buttons mapped to
select to emulate the LC/MC’s eight channels of Select, Mute, Solo, Record, and V-select buttons, plus five additional host-specific sets of eight buttons.
This allows efficient access to the many important buttons on the emulated LC/MC from controllers with few usable buttons or keys. Various functions are provided to directly select or rotate among Modes from the controller.
Fine fader resolution, alternate button functions
modifier function allows access to the 10-bit (1024-step) fine resolution of the emulated LC/MC’s faders using regular 7-bit (0-127) controls, and allows buttons/keys to perform host-specific alternate functions in addition to their normal mapping.
Step-by-step setup instructions, online support
LC Xmu comes with an extensive PDF manual (over 160 pages) containing full step-by-step setup instructions and screenshots for each supported controller type and host application, documentation of all LC Xmu features, and reference data for all supported controller and host implementations. LC Xmu is supported online at the Opus Locus LC Xmu forum.
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