[ardour-users] Observations on Mackie Control Protocol using a MCU Pro

John Anderson ardour at semiosix.com
Tue Jul 3 12:46:21 PDT 2007

On Tue, 2007-07-03 at 11:34 -0700, Thomas Vecchione wrote:
> John thanks for the reply, I will be taking a look at the scripts and
> seeing if I can figure enough of Ruby out to help if I get time.

Ruby is only used to generate c++ for the boring bits. The
implementation of what the physical controls actually do in ardour is in

> I also need to teach myself a few things about Inkscape for doing UI
> mockups, so maybe I will do a mockup of the Mackie then and label it
> with possible buttons and present it as a suggestion?  It then becomes
> a question of what really should be on it, like you mentioned, but
> since i am supposed to be mixing down a couple of CDs right now I
> suppose it is as good a time as any to find out what would be useful
> to be there. 
> A few of these though should be fairly obvious, for instance shuttle
> control etc, or the zoom controls, none of which work at the moment
> that I am aware of(The Midi definitely gets through, but doesn't
> appear to be mapped to anything, but again I may be running in BCF
> mode which I am not sure that has shuttle control does it?) 

In mcu mode the shuttle wheel should work, although whether its
operation is correct or even usable I don't know.

Zoom is potentially very tricky. Zooming is handled by the UI part of
ardour, which last time I checked (a couple of months ago) is all but
inaccessible to the control surface libraries.

> I will double check this tonight if I can, I gotta get to a meeting
> and get a nap in desperately.
> I will double check the variables/settings you listed and see what I
> screwed up in the basic stuff then as well, thanks.  It definitely in
> its current mode didn't seem to want to map any busses, which is a
> major downer for me as I tend to get a good balance across my bus and
> mix the busses more than anything like I do in live sound, I will see
> if I can come up with a good reason why that might be happening. 

OK, well, let me know what comes up.


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