Adding Control Surfaces to Logic Express

Some control surfaces (such as the Mackie Control) are detected automatically when you open Logic Express. You can add other devices that are not detected automatically using the Setup window. Installation is easy (and is covered in the setup section of the chapter for your particular device). Some devices may require different or additional steps, but generally, all you need to do is select the device that you want to use with Logic Express, and then add it either by scanning or manually.

To add a control surface by scanning
  1. Choose Logic Express > Preferences > Control Surfaces > Setup to open the Control Surfaces Setup window.

  2. In the Setup window, choose New > Install, and then select the device from the list. You can select more than one model by Command-clicking multiple entries in the list. If you select more than one model, Logic Express performs the operation for each model, in turn.

    Note: If you don’t want to select the models to be scanned, you can simply choose New > Scan All in the Setup window: Logic Express searches for all supported control surface units on all MIDI ports. This process may take a while.

  3. Click the Scan button. You can also press Enter, or double-click the device name to initiate the scan.

    Logic Express scans your system for connected devices, and automatically installs (and connects to) those it finds.

  4. When you finish, close the window.

Some control surfaces don’t support automatic scanning. Such devices must be added manually to your setup. When you add a device manually, you also need to assign the appropriate MIDI In and Out port parameters.

Note: It is preferable to install devices by scanning, whenever possible. Logic Express is able to gather more information about devices through scanning, than via manual installation.

To add a control surface manually
  1. Choose Logic Express > Preferences > Control Surfaces > Setup to open the Control Surfaces Setup window.

  2. In the Setup window, choose New > Install, and select the device you want from the list.

  3. Click the Add button.

  4. Close the Install window when you finish.

    If another control surface of the selected type already exists in your setup, a warning dialog asks you to confirm the addition of the new device.

    You need to manually alter the MIDI In and Out port values (in the Device Parameter area of the Setup window) to match those of the connected unit.

    Note: You can reinitialize the support of all connected control surfaces by choosing Logic Express > Preferences > Control Surfaces > Rebuild Defaults.