[ardour-users] [ANN] Mackie MCU, BCF2000 and Tranzport testers wanted

Giso Grimm gg3137 at vegri.net
Tue Mar 20 09:23:24 PDT 2007

Hi John,

thanks for the surface plugin, it works fine for me with BCF2000 and
ardour2 beta-12 (PlanetCCRMA build on Fedora Core 6). While playing
around I was missing a key mapping for fast forward/rewind (got 'locate
0'/'locate end' instead, mapped to two button pairs) and a key for
toggle record. Is the current mapping available somewhere, and is it
possible to change it as a user?

About the "Known Issues": The panning did not work for stereo tracks,
while it works fine for mono tracks. (I have no idea what is the best
way to pan a multi-channel stream using one pan pot...)


John Anderson wrote:
> Hi everyone
> We've just merged code for Mackie MCU surfaces and new Tranzport code
> into the trunk for ardour2. It's available on svn right now, and will be
> in beta-12.
> Tranzport
> ---------
> The tranzport control surface driver now has increased modularity and
> slightly more advanced support for metering. For detailed instructions:
> http://www.ardour.org/files/manual/sn-frontier-design-tranzport.html
> Mackie & BCF2000
> ----------------
> If you're a BCF2000 user and you're wondering if this is worthwhile,
> here's the answer: no clicking on GUI controls and doing the midi-map
> thing; bank switching for as many tracks as you have in your session; no
> futzing with custom presets (apologies to all those who have, with great
> success, engaged in said futzing).
> To enable support for the Mackie and the BCF2000 in Logic Control
> emulation, add the following line to ardour.rc:
> 	<MIDI-port tag="mcu" device="/dev/snd/midiC2D0" type="alsa/raw" mode="duplex"/>
> obviously your device= may be different. Alternatively you may have
> success with an alsa/sequencer port, but I haven't tried that lately.
> Note that the driver looks for a port with tag="mcu".
> And of course you'll need to put your bcf into Logic Control emulation
> mode:
> http://www.behringerdownload.de/BCF2000/BCF2000_Emulation_modes.pdf
> The code was developed using a Behringer BCF2000 in Logic Control
> emulation. So it has a 7-channel mode for the bcf, where the right-hand
> strip acts as master channel, and there are some changes to the button
> mappings. To enable bcf mode, add the following line to ardour.rc,
> inside the <Config> tag:
> 	<Option name="mackie-emulation" value="bcf"/>
> The Mackie MCU should work "out of the box", except that:
> - certain buttons (the ones not on a BCF ;-) aren't yet implemented
> - the shuttle wheel has only preliminary support (because in bcf mode
> the master channel pot aspires to be a shuttle wheel)
> - The displays aren't yet implemented.
> If you own an MCU, and are willing to recompile ardour from svn, we
> could really use your help with getting these implemented.
> Known Issues
> ------------
> - for non-mono tracks and busses, pan pots don't work
> - surface doesn't activate when a session is closed and another is
> loaded. Shut down and start up ardour to work around this.
> - busses lose their remote ids across a save and reload
> - shuttle wheel with transport rolling doesn't work properly
> bye
> John

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