Connecting Control Surfaces

There are a variety of control surfaces available for use with video and audio production applications. Most control surfaces include faders, knobs, and buttons similar to those found on a hardware mixing console, including channel strip controls for volume, pan, mute, solo, and track selection, and a set of transport controls. Control surfaces also typically provide buttons for selecting parameters to edit and for selecting different tracks or banks of tracks, a jog wheel for moving the playhead precisely, and other controls.

Soundtrack Pro supports control surfaces that use the Mackie Control, Logic Control, and Euphonix EuCon protocols to communicate with your computer.

To use a control surface, follow the process outlined below.

Important: When connecting a control surface or MIDI interface to your computer, read the instructions included with the hardware, and install the latest version of any appropriate firmware or driver software if needed. For more information, refer to the documentation that came with the hardware.

  1. Stage 1: Connecting the Control Surface to a MIDI Interface

    Some control surfaces may allow direct connection to a computer with no MIDI interface.

  2. Stage 2: Connecting the MIDI Interface to Your Computer

    Before connecting a MIDI interface, be sure your computer supports the MIDI interface you plan to use.

  3. Stage 3: Adding the Control Surface to Soundtrack Pro

    For details, see Adding and Deleting Control Surfaces.

  4. Stage 4: Mapping the Controls You Want to Use to Soundtrack Pro Commands

    When you use a control surface with Soundtrack Pro, some controls are premapped to common functions. You can map other controls to Soundtrack Pro commands and functions in the Control Surfaces Preferences pane.

    For more information, see Premapped Controls and Mapping Commands to Control Surface Buttons.

  5. Stage 5: Recording Control Surface Automation Data in Your Project

    Recorded control surface automation data appears in the corresponding envelope in the Timeline. For more information, see Recording Control Surface Automation.