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Phone app's main screen - the DAW controller

The first and main screen of the app combines the central elements of a standard control surface:
  • A channelstrip representing the "selected channel" with volume fader, level meter, solo, mute and record enable controls,
  • Basic transport - play / pause, record and loop controls plus a timecode display
  • 4 endless encoders that can be switched to either 1-4 or 5-8 for parameter manipulation
  • A navigation cross for channel selection and general navigation
  • Graphical overview over the currently accessible block of 8 channels

Some of the buttons have multiple functions depending on the state of the shift and alt modifier keys underneath the navigation cross. This will be discussed in detail below..
Additionally there is a second page to the screen, providing controls to dive deeper into the interiors of the controlled workstation. This is accessible through the

button on the lower toolbar and will change the six buttons on the upper right hand side to look as shown below:



The changed buttons mainly determine the encoders' control targets and may have slightly different functionality depending on the DAW software (details in the discussion on editor pages below). Generally speaking though they represent the entry points to a number of editors dealing with
  • Stereo panaroma
  • Equalizers
  • Track insert and send effects
  • Virtual instruments
  • Bus assignments and routing
Control surface concepts

Common hardware control surfaces usually have eight faders with corresponding track controls plus eight endless encoders. These eight channel strips correspond to an accessible block of eight channels in the DAW software. In projects that use more than eight tracks, this block can then be moved over the mixer either in steps of one (so instead of editing channels 1-8 you would edit channels 2-9, 3-10 etc.) or in steps of eight channels (1-8. 9-16 etc.). TouchDAW only can offer one full channel strip at a time, but the concept of blocks of eight is still present:
Consider the most simple editor page: Pan control. Here you will have the encoders - usually only 4 will be visible, switchable from 1-4 to 5-8, allthough you can have all 8 on screen - control stereo panning for all accessible eight channels and the fader control volume for the currently selected channel. Channel selection can then again be moved through the block of eight channels.



The tools mainly used for channel navigation are the following:

The navigation cross:

Left and right buttons move channel selection in the respective direction. Once you would leave the current block of eight, this will shift the whole block. So if you were editing channel 8 and moved further to the right the channel block would shift to then include channels 9-16 and TouchDAW would display channel 1 as selected.
Up and down buttons may have the same functionality. This depends on the DAW and whether it displays mix or arrange view where in the latter channels appear rather stacked vertically than horizontally like on a mixer. Some DAW's may even use controls in an alternating fashion depending on the view.

With the shift key active though up and down buttons will move the entire block of eight up or down by one. (2-9 instead of 1-8, etc.). Plus they have additional functionality with some editors in Logic. See editors

Note that the button in the center of the navigation cross sets the DAW to zoom mode (button turns orange) and changes the behavior of the arrow keys. Should at some point channel selection appear to be broken, an engaged zoom button is amongst the usual suspects.

As off version 1.3 the navigation cross is exchangeable with a Jog wheel by performing diagonal wipes across the control. Once the Jog wheel is shown it can be double-clicked to enter and exit scrub mode.





The "fader view":

While mainly a means to display both fader settings in the current block of eight as well as channel selection you can perform horizontal swipe gestures on this to shift the entire channel block by steps of eight.

Long-clicking the fader view brings up a dialog that let's you lock the fader to the currently selected channel or the DAW's master fader. When locked, changing the selection in the DAW will no longer be reflected in the app. Selecting channels from the app will remain to be possible, allthough in master mode that only affects mute and solo controls while the fader remains tight to the master. Touch the fader view again to unlock everything.



The Volume Rocker: Steps through channels like the left and right arrow keys do..


The encoders:

Not normally a selection tool, encoders can be switched to selection mode by using the button on the lower toolbar. Once activated touching an encoder selects the corresponding channel.




App navigation

Navigating around TouchDAW's main screen is mainly done with the buttons on the lower toolbar:

Switches the left (always visible) encoders to either channel 1-4 or 5-8. When all 8 encoders are shown this button steps through editor subpages.

Switches encoders to selection mode. In turn they can be used to select channels or parameters, but can not be rotated until switched back into normal mode.

Shows all 8 encoders by replaceing the right hand side controls with encoders 5-8.

Brings up editor selection buttons inplace of playback and channel controls or encoders 5-8. Editors are discussed in detail below.



Other screens as well as preferences are accessible via the standard Android menu button.
This will bring up menus similiar to the one shown on the left, linking to all other screens.

The Back button will always take you back to the previous screen.




The phone's search button is occassionally used to bring up additional floating controls. These are also accessible via the icon hidden in some corners.

Encoders

(This refers to the phone app only. On a tablet the encoders work like on a hardware Mackie controller with a double-tap replacing the "V-Pot press" functionality available with more expensive hardware units)

The eight encoders are used to tune a changing set of parameters. What they control at a given time depends mostly on the current editor page, which are discussed in detail below. Encoders however also have multiple ways of operation and also serve as parameter and value displays.
The following gives a quick overview about this. Keep in mind that things will be slightly different depending on how the controlled software makes use of displays etc.:


When not operated encoders show the name and display the absolute value of the parameter they control. Also see touch sensitive textfields for switching between name and value display.




Once you start to spin an encoder it switches to relative / endless mode emulating the v-pots on standard hardware control surfaces. Parameter name and value will also be shown in the central upper textfields while an encoder is operated.




Double-tapping an encoder flips the controlled parameter to the fader, which can give finer (and absolute instead of relative) control and may be easier to handle. When flipped, both the encoder and the fader change colors. The fader now controls the parameter that was associated with the encoder and the encoder controls track volume. You can double-tab another encoder and the flipped parameter will change to the one associated with that encoder. To leave flip mode double-tab the currently flipped encoder - both fader and encoder will revert to normal.

Encoders may also be used for channel selection. To switch them into selection mode, press the button on the lower toolbar. In selection mode encoders can not be twisted, so you will want to revert to normal mode after changing channels..




In selection mode the currently selected channel's encoder changes the color to indicate selection.






Finally encoders can be used for "v-selection", which is usually done by pressing a v-pot on a hardware control surface (Only the more expensive variants will offer that feature, though). To enable v-selection, switch the encoders into selection mode as described above, then press the alt button. TouchDAW will automatically enable v-selection at some points where the supported DAWs make use of it. Normally encoders will revert to normal once a v-selection has been made.






Touch sensitive text fields

Some of TouchDAW's text displays may - depending on the DAW supporting it - have additional touch functionality:
- All timecode displays can be toggled between Bars & beats resp. SMPTE timecode by touching them (not all DAWs support this and some have additional timecode formats not defined in the Mackie protocol). Horizontal wipes shorten or lengthen the displayed timecode, affecting the refresh rate. If your device struggles with display refreshes, shortening the timecode usually helps a lot.
- the value display right on top of the fader can toggle between name and value display. Swaping this will also affect what is displayed on encoders.






Main screen button reference



Isolates the selected channel, i.e. mutes all but this channel
Cubase, Logic, Sonar: unsoloes all channels, selected or not
Pro Tools: soloes / unsoloes all channels
Mutes selected channel
Cubase, Logic, Sonar: Unmutes all channels, selected or not
Pro Tools: mutes / unmutes all channels
Record enables the selected channel
Replaced by:
Samplitude: Input monitor
Toggles loop playback
FL Studio: Switches between Song and Pattern mode
Replaced by:
Cubase: Opens / closes channel editor
Live: changes lower view
FL Studio: Opens Edison audio editor
Acid / Vegas: Toggles mixer view (+Shift: FX-Bypass)
Tracktion: Switches navigation to edit mode
Replaced by:
Switches automation to Latch mode for selected channel (Logic only)
Switches all channels automation to Latch mode (Logic only)
Switches between arrange and mixer views

Sonar: We could not make much sense of Sonar's "next window / hide window" concept, so this sends F1 and F2 keys alternatively. Assign views to those keys as you like in Sonar's control surface properties.
FL Studio: Steps through windows.
Replaced by:
Replaced by: (Cubase only)
Disables automation for the selected channel
Replaced by:
Disables automation for all channels
Samplitude: Current automation mode is copied to all channels
Switches automation to read mode for the selected channel
Switches automation to read mode for all channels (not available for Sonar)
Switches automation to touch mode for the selected channel (Logic, Pro Tools only)
Switches automation to touch mode for all channels (Logic only)
Switches automation to write mode for the selected channel
Switches automation to write mode for the all channels (Global write is skipped for Logic, not available for Sonar)
Pauses playback
Starts playback
Starts recording on record enabled channels
Pro Tools: Shows automation target selection.
Sonar: Automation snapshot
Up navigation, target may change depending on sequencer state
Reason: switch devices
Reason: Next patch (for devices with patches)
Replaced by:
Moves accessible channel block to the right
Selects previous channel

Enables zoom mode. Navígation keys will zoom in / out of sequencer views.
Live: Fires the currently selected clip

Sonar: Enters Edit mode (the assignment display will change color as an indicator). In Edit mode up and down arrows step though editor parameters.

Disables zoom mode.
Live: Stops the currently selected clip
Selects the next channel
Down navigation. Target will change depending on zoom mode and sequencer state
Reason: switch devices
Reason: Previous patch (for devices with patches)
Replaced by:
Moves the accessible channel block to the left






Editors


(This refers to the phone app only. On a tablet things work exactly like on a hardware Mackie controller! Please refer to your DAW's Mackie reference.)

The various editor pages are where you get into the details of a DAW project. Brought up by the second set of buttons on the main screen, they mainly change the control targets of the endless encoders. What exactly is available for editing depends on the DAW software. Live for example has a relatively small set of accessible parameters while Logic is incredibly complex - sometimes to the degree of making things unhandleable. In general it will help a lot if you know your DAW down to the bits and pieces, as TouchDAW won't be able to always present all necessary information in a quickly overlookable way (if at all). Please also read your sequencer's Mackie Control documentation. Things that may seem incredibly crude and complicated in TouchDAW mostly are already incredibly crude and complicated to do on the hardware controller that the DAW vendor has created the functionality for and the much reduced phone interface adds relatively little to that.
Most editors will have multiple subpages. If possible this will be indicated in the upper displays. Ways of navigating through subpages may be different depending on the DAW, please see the reference below for details.
If you want to use TouchDAW with a DAW that's not directly supported it is very likely that you will hit the wall at some point when trying to use these editors, because there is absolutely no common standard on what command calls which functionality.

Keep in mind that there are 4 encoders that are not immediately visible (unless you show them all, which of course removes other controls that you will need). The leftmost button in the lower toolbar changes the four visible encoders between 1-4 and 5-8.

Only Pan and EQ editors (resp. Send for DP, Live and sends A & B for Pro Tools) are available in the free version.



Encoders control the stereo position of the accessible block of channels..

Cubase, Cubase 7.5:

Pressing Pan button again switches between Left/Right or Front/Rear (surround) panning.

Logic:

Pressing Pan button repeatedly changes between track and channelstrip mode. Track mode is indicated right above the level meter.
In track mode encoder 1 will control the selected track's pan position, all other encoders are inactive.

Pro Tools:

Pressing Pan button again switches to right channel panning for stereo tracks. The button will blink.

Sonar:

Pressing Pan button repeatedly changes between track and channelstrip mode. Track mode is indicated right above the level meter.
In track mode encoder 1 will control the selected channel's pan position, further encoders may control Aux busses' send pan.


Reason:

14:2 and 6:2 Mixer - Encoders control panning for the the currently accessible block of channels.
For most other devices the editor has no or varying functionality. Please refer to Reason's documentation.


Cubase:

Encoders control
- center-frequency
- gain
- quality
- bypass state
of the four-band channel equalizers.
Press EQ button again to switch between bands 1/2 and 3/4


Cubase 7.5:

There's only two encoders per band now. As a result all four eq bands, but no longer all functions are accessible at a time. Switching control targets is done by pressing the v-pot (long-click an encoder in the phone interface, can be changed to double-click at Setup / DAW Controller / Encoder Options):
- center-frequency, changes to Q on long / double click
- gain, changes to bypass on long / double click


Live:

This button is not available for Live

Logic:

Pressing EQ button repeatedly changes between track and channelstrip mode. Track mode is indicated right above the level meter.

In channelstrip mode encoders control a single eq parameter on their corresponding channel.
Use up and down navigation to step through eq bands. The central upper display will indicate the current band.
Use up and down navigation with alt active to change the parameter between frequency, gain, quality and bypass state.

In track mode you have direct access to frequency, gain, quality and bypass state of two equalizer bands of the current channel.
Trackmode will open the channel's eq window in Logic.
Use up and down navigation to go through equalizer bands.

Pro Tools:

This button is not available with Pro Tools, instead it is replaced by a parameter stepping control for Pro Tools' plugin edit mode. See Plugin.

Sonar:

Pressing EQ button repeatedly changes between track, channelstrip and a special fader mode. Track mode is indicated right above the level meter, the fader mode is indicated by the assignment display showing "F1"

In channelstrip mode encoders control a single eq parameter on their corresponding channel.
To change this parameter, Sonar's Edit mode needs to be activated through the "alt" and "zoom" (center of navigation cross) buttons. The assignment display will change color as an indicator (and can also be clicked to enter and exit edit mode). You can then use up and down navigation to step through eq parameters. Unfortunately Sonar does not give much feedback on what parameter is currently edited.
With the alt key down encoders switch the band they are working on to bypass and back.

In track mode you have direct access to the center frequency and gain of four equalizer bands of the current channel. Edit mode / up, down navigation accesses quality and bypass state of those four eq bands. With the alt key down encoders switch the band they are working on to bypass and back.

The fadermode puts eq center frequencies to the first four encoders and eq gain to the fader(s).

Note: TouchDAW's Sonar mode as well as Sonar's documentation refer to how the MCU implementation worked in Sonar 8 and older. In the X versions some things may be a little different. The EQ editor for example will edit the first processor patched into a track, which by default will be the dynamics processor. Drag the EQ to the top to get the behavior described here and in Sonar's Mackie manual.

FL Studio:

Encoders 1 - 6 control center frequency and bandwidth of the three-band channel eq. Faders 1 to 3 control gain for the EQ bands (Faders are not available for Channel volume control in this mode).


Reason:

14:2 Mixer - Encoders control Treble for the the currently accessible 8 channels.
For most other devices the editor has no functionality. Please refer to Reason's documentation.

Reaper (MCU_Klinke only):

Switches to action mode. Please refer to the readMe files that come with the MCU_Klinke extension.

Samplitude:

Repeatedly pressing EQ button switches between two different assignments for EQ access. In the first mode encoders control gain, frequency and quality for two eq bands, the fourth / eighth encoders have no function and up and down navigation lets you switch to the other two bands. In the second mode either gain and frequency or quality for all four EQ bands are accessible. There no indicator for what mode you are in other than parameter names and that there will be no text on the fourth and eighth encoder in mode A and no text on encoders 5 - 8 in mode B.

SAWStudio:

Encoders 1-5 control gain, frequency, bandwidth for 5 EQ bands as well as high and lowpass for the currently selected channel. Repeatedly pressing EQ button switches between the control targets.

Digital Performer:

This button is not directly available with DP, instead it replaces the initially shown (blank) V-Selection shortcut button when the alt key is pressed. Once present, pressing it will switch encoders to V-Sselection mode and touching an encoder will then insert a parametric EQ into the first insert slot of the respective channel.

Vegas:

Toggles between Audio and Video mode.

Studio One (2.6 and greater):

Encoders act as bypass switches for the selected channel's insert FX. Either turn or long-click an encoder to toggle the bypass setting.

Tracktion:

Encoders act as shortcuts to markers placed on an edit's timeline. Selecting a marker is done by long- or double-clicking an encoder, depending on what you have linked to "V-Pot Press" under DAW Controller / Encoder Options. If there are more than 8 markers, the arrow buttons let you page through sets of eight.

Bitwig:

This button is replaced by an arrow / paging button with Bitwig.


Cubase, Cubase 7.5:

This button has two functions for Cubase:
Without modifier key, the send button edits the current channel's fx sends:
There are four pages to the editor, accessible by repeatedly pressing the send button (alt active: step one page down):
Page 1: Encoders control send levels for aux sends 1-8
Page 2: Encoders turn aux-sends 1-8 on or off
Page 3: Encoders set aux sends to pre- or post fader
Page 4: Encoders select the bus the aux send is routed to.

With the shift key down, encoders set and edit send effects. There will be one global page plus plug-in dependent subpages:
On the global page:
Encoder 1 selects the effect slot to edit.
Encoder 2 turns the effect in that slot on or off.
Encoder 3 selects the plug-in to load into the selected slot.
Further pages are specific to the effect in the selected slot. Pressing the send button steps up one page, pressing it with alt active steps one page down.


Live:

Encoders control channel send levels for the selected channel


Logic:

Pressing Send button repeatedly changes between track and channelstrip mode. Track mode is indicated right above the level meter.

In channelstrip mode encoders control a single send parameter on their corresponding channel.
Use up and down navigation to step through sends. The central upper display will indicate the currently selected send.
Use up and down navigation with alt active to change the parameter between:
- on / off
- position (pre / post fader)
- level &
- destination
Some parameters may require confirmation. The encoder will start to blink in v-selection mode. Touch it to confirm the change, touch any other encoder to revert.

In track mode you have direct access to on/off state, position, level and destination of two sends on the selected channel..
Use up and down navigation to go through available sends.

Pro Tools:

Encoders control send levels for sends A - E (A & B in the free version). Repeatedly pressing the Send button switches the edited send.

Sonar:

Pressing Send button repeatedly changes between track and channelstrip mode. Track mode is indicated right above the level meter.

In channelstrip mode encoders control a single send parameter on their corresponding channel.
Use Edit mode & up, down navigation to step through sends. As with eq parameters there is no feedback from Sonar on what send you are currently working.

In trackmode encoders control:
- Send bypass
- Send level
- Send pan
- Send pre/post fader
for two sends of the current channel. Edit mode + up and down navigation access further sends.

FL Studio:

Encoders control channel sends. As a channel can not send to itself the encoder related to the current channel does nothing. To enable / disable a send set encoders to v-selection mode and touch the encoder corresponding to the wanted send.

Reason:

14:2 Mixer - Encoders control Aux Send 2 for the the currently accessible 8 channels.
For other devices the control target varies. Please refer to Reason's documentation.

Reaper (MCU_Klinke only):

Repeatedly pressing Send button switches between the current track's Sends and Receives if the track has IO routings set up. The fader then controls send or receive levels and the encoders the panning. TouchDAW will be in custom fader mode, so faders are not available for channel volume control and navigation switches between Sends / Receives rather than between channels.

Samplitude:

Repeatedly pressing Send button switches between normal and "Phat Channel" aux mode. In normal mode (central upper display shows "AU") encoders control the current send for 8 channels. Use up and down navigation to switch between sends. In phat mode (display shows "AP") all 8 aux sends for the current channel are controlable.

SAWStudio:

Encoders 1 and 2 control level and pan for 6 Aux sends on the currently selected channel. Repeatedly pressing Send button switches steps through the 6 sends. Additionally encoders 3 - 5 toggle send bypass , pre/post fader and fx assignment when set to V-Selection mode (selection mode + alt).

Digital Performer:

Controls channel send levels for sends 1 & 2. Use up and down navigation to switch between sends.

Acid / Vegas:

Encoders control bus and track sends. Press button repeatedly to step through available sends.

Studio One (2.6 and greater):

Encoders control track sends. Press button repeatedly to step through available sends.

Tracktion:

Encoders control Aux send levels on channels where you have placed sends into the mixer. The arrow buttons step through 8 + 1 possible sends, indicated by A1 - 8 and AU in the center display. It's not clear to me what the AU stands for (seems to always control the last send).

Bitwig:

Encoders control send levels for sends 1-5. Repeatedly press the button to step through sends.


Cubase, Cubase 7.5:

Track insert editor.
Encoder 1 selects the insert slot to edit.
Encoder 2 controls bypass for the selected slot
Encoder 3 controls the plug-in loaded into the selected slot.
Further pages are specific to the insert-effect in the selected slot. Pressing the Plugin button steps up one page, pressing it with alt active steps one page down.


Live:

Encoders edit the selected channel's device plugins.
After pressing the button, encoders will show the names of plugins currently chained in the track and be in v-selection mode. Select the plugin to edit by touching the corresponding encoder. After this the encoders will display and edit the selected plugins parameters and the two arrow buttons will let you access additional editor pages. (A white arrow indicates availability of further pages in the respective direction).
Pressing the plugin button again, goes back to plugin selection mode.


Logic:

Pressing Plugin button repeatedly changes between track and channelstrip mode. Track mode is indicated right above the level meter.

In channelstrip mode the encoders let you select what plugin is loaded into the current slot on their respective channels. The current slot will be displayed in the central upper display and the plugin window of the selected channel will open in Logic.
Changing a plugin requires confirmation. The encoder will start to blink in v-selection mode. Touch it to confirm the change, touch any other encoder to revert.
After a plugin has been selected, the encoders will change to plugin edit mode for that plugin.

In track mode you can directly access plugins in the selected channel:
Spinning the encoder changes the plugin. This again requires confirmation. Touch the blinking encoder to confirm, any other to revert.
To edit a plugin without changing it first, put the encoders into v-selection mode and select the plugin to edit. Encoders will switch to plugin edit mode.

Once in plugin edit mode pressing the Plugin button reverts to track or channel strip mode.

Pro Tools:

Switches to plug-in edit mode. Encoders will be set to v-selection mode. Upon touching the encoder corresponding to the plugin you want to edit, the encoders will switch to show and edit parameters of that plugin. If more than one page is available the arrow button will let you step through these pages (alt & arrow button steps downwards). Note that on a hardware controller page changes are done by turning the fifth encoder. The arrow button mimicks this action, virtually turning an encoder. Do not press it in rapid succession. Pro Tools needs to receive a number of v-pot commands and change the page before it will accept the next request.
To return to plugin selection press the plugin button again.
To change or set a plugin touch the plugin button with alt down. Plugin names will then be prefixed with ">" and turning the encoder will select effects. After a selection is made touch the plugin button again and disable alt.

Sonar:

Pressing Plugin button repeatedly changes between track and channelstrip mode. Track mode is indicated right above the level meter.

In track mode encoders control parameters of the first selected plug-in in the fx-stack (Normally the Prochannel) Edit mode and up / down navigation step through parameters.
In channelstrip mode multiple parameters of one plugin are accessible via the encoders. Edit mode and up / down navigation access additional parameters if available.
In both modes edit mode and up / down navigation with both shift and alt keys down, changes the edited plugin (central upper display shows P1, P2 etc.).

FL Studio:

Encoders control send levels for the mixer's 8 insert effect slots.

Reason:

14:2 Mixer - Encoders 1-4 control Aux Returns.
For most other devices this editor has no function. Please refer to Reason's documentation.

Reaper (MCU_Klinke only):

Faders control various parameters in a channel's assigned plugins. If there are more than one plugin or more banks and pages available for a plugin those are accessible via the arrow buttons that replace "Instr" and "Track" for Reaper. Use those without modifier to switch pages for the current plugin, with "shift" down to switch between banks in the current plugin (rarely available) or with "alt" down to switch between plugins. When in plugin editor, pressing the "Plugin" button again switches the bypass state of the edited plugin.

Samplitude:

When first pressed encoders will switch to plugin selection mode, encoders corresponding to slots that have a plugin inserted will be set to v-selection mode and touching them switches the encoders to edit parameters of that plugin. Use up and down navigation to access additional pages if available.
Not all plugins seem to be editable and there does not seem to a way to set a plugin from the controller.

SAWStudio:

"Activates and opens (if needed) the FX Pre and FX Pst views" (taken from the SAWStudio help file, don't ask us what that means)..

Digital Performer:

Enters a number of plug-in specific submodes. When first pressed, encoders assign plugins to insert slots 1 - 5 (up and down navigation selects the current slot). Additionally the arrow button underneath the plugin button will be activated and can then be used to switch between plugin assignment and preset selection for the plugins.
Plugin mode also enables two further options:
Pressing the shift key replaces the blank V-Selection shortcut with a button named Edit. Pressing that sets encoders to V-Selection mode and pressing an encoder then enters parameter editing for that plugin. The Edit button will light up. To exit plugin parameter editing mode press the Edit button again.
Pressing the alt key enables direct insertion of a parametric EQ plugin, see EQ above.

Acid / Vegas:

Encoders give access to and control bus and track effects. Pressing the Plugin button repeatedly switches between track (Assignment display shows "PL") and channelstrip ("PS") mode or directly enters edit mode for a single insert FX ("PE"). In track mode you have access to inserts on multiple tracks while in channelstrip mode multiple inserts in the currently selected channel are accessible. Double clicking an encoder enters edit mode for the corresponding insert effect. Once in edit mode encoders 1 - 4 control FX parameters, up and down buttons on the navigation cross step through pages and another click on the Plugin button takes you out of FX edit mode again.

Studio One (2.6 and greater):

Encoders are freely assignable via Studio One's Control Link editor..

Tracktion:

Encoders control parameters on the currently selected filter or plugin. Arrow buttons step through pages if there are more than eight controllable parameters.

Bitwig:

Encoders control parameters on the currently selected device. Use the the two arrow buttons underneath the editor shortcuts to step through pages.
Pressing the Plugin button again switches Bitwig to device preset mode. The arrow buttons then step through available presets.


Cubase:

VST Instrument selection and editing.

Encoder 1 selects the instrument slot to edit.
Encoder 2 switches the selected slot on or off
Encoder 3 selects the instrument to load into the selected slot.

Further pages are specific to the selected instrument. Pressing the Instr button again steps up one page, pressing it with alt active steps one page down.

Cubase 7.5:

This button has two functions for Cubase 7.5:
Without modifier key, the Instr. button edits routing related parameters for the current block of eight channels. Repeatedly pressing the button steps through parameters:
- Output bus
- Monitor
- Input Bus
- Input Gain
- Input Phase

With the shift key down, encoders set and edit the selected channel's VSTI. There will be one global page plus plug-in dependent subpages:
On the global page:
- Encoder 2 turns the instrument on or off.
- Encoder 3 selects the plug-in to load into the selected slot.
Further pages are specific to the instrument. Pressing the Instr. button steps up one page, pressing it with alt active steps one page down.


Live:

This button is not available for Live.


Logic:

Pressing the Instr button repeatedly changes between track and channelstrip mode. Track mode is indicated right above the level meter.

In channelstrip mode the encoders let you select what instrument is loaded into the respective channel. Changing an instrument requires confirmation, touch the blinking encoder to confirm, touch any other to revert the change

In track mode - or rather instrument edit mode - you edit the selected channel's instrument. Its window will open in Logic.

Pro Tools:

Encoders control channel inputs for the currently accesible block of eight channels.

Sonar:

This switches the fader or "channel selection" rather than the encoders: When not highlighted the fader operates on single tracks. Pressing the Instr button it is switched to either busses or (when pressed again) to masters. Some of the other editors are also functional when in bus or master mode. Note that nothing may happen when you press this button while on a track with an ID higher than the number of aux or master busses.

FL Studio:

Free controls. All 8 encoders and 8 faders can be freely mapped to controls in the DAW. The fader is not available for channel volume control in this mode.

Reason:

14:2 Mixer - Encoders control Bass for the the currently accessible 8 channels.
For most other devices the editor has no functionality. Please refer to Reason's documentation.

Reaper:

This button is replaced by a plugin (when "alt" is down), bank (when "shift" is down) resp. page stepping control for the plugin editor. Functional with the MCU_Klinke extension only.

Samplitude:

No function

SAWStudio:

Encoders 1 - 4, resp. 5 and 6 control parameters on SAWStudio's Compressor, Gate and Key EQ. Repeatedly pressing Instr button steps through the dynamics processors.

Digital Performer:

This button is not available with DP.

Acid / Vegas:

Encoders control track outputs.

Studio One (2.6 and greater):

No function.

Tracktion:

This button is replaced by an arrow / paging button with Tracktion.

Bitwig:

This button is replaced by an arrow / paging button with Bitwig.


Cubase:

Master effects selection and editing.

Encoder 1 selects the mster fx slot to edit.
Encoder 2 switches the selected slot on or off
Encoder 3 selects the plugin to load into the selected slot.

Further pages are specific to the selected effect. Pressing the Track button again steps up one page, pressing it with alt active steps one page down.

Cubase 7.5:

This button has two functions for Cubase 7.5:
Without modifier key, the Track button lets you edit channel strip inserts like Noise Gate, Comp, EQ position, Saturation etc. on the selected channel:
Encoder one selects the edited insert.
Encoder two turns that insert on or off
Encoder three selects presets / types for the selected insert.
Encoder eight may offer another toggle switch (for sidechains etc.)
If the selected insert has more editor pages, pressing the track button again will step through them and the encoders' functionality will change.

With the shift key down, encoders set and edit Master FX. There will be one global page plus plug-in dependent subpages:
On the global page:
Encoder 1 sets the Master FX slot
Encoder 2 turns the plugin in that slot on or off.
Encoder 3 selects the plug-in to load into the selected slot.
Further pages are specific to the effect. Pressing the Track button steps up one page, pressing it with alt active steps one page down.



Live:

Encoders control channel routing. There are four pages, accessible by repeatedly pressing the Track button:

Page 1 controls a track's input types.
Page 2 controls a track's input channel.
Page 3 controls output types.
Page 4 controls a track's output channel.


Logic:

Pressing the Track button repeatedly changes between track and channelstrip mode. Track mode is indicated right above the level meter.

In channelstrip mode encoders edit a single track parameter on the respective channel. Available parameters are:
- Volume
- Pan
- Track mode
- Input
- Output
- Automation
Use up and down navigation to step through parameters.

In track mode eight track parameters are directly accessible for the selected channel:
- Volume
- Pan
- Instrument
- Plugin in slot 1
- Plugin in slot 2
- Send levels for sends 1 -3

Instrument and plugin selection will again require confirmation.

Pro Tools:

Encoders control channel outputs for the currently accesible block of eight channels.

Sonar:

Pressing Track button repeatedly changes between track and channelstrip mode. Track mode is indicated right above the level meter.

In trackmode encoders control:
- Volume
- Pan
- Output bus
- Input
- Phase inversion
- Stereo / Mono
- FX on / of and
- FX send level
for the current channel.
In channelstripmode one of these paramaters will be accessible for eight channels. Edit mode / up and down navigation let you change the parameter.

FL Studio:

Encoders control stereo separation for the currently accessible block of 8 channels.

Reason:

14:2 Mixer - Encoders control Aux Send 1 for the the currently accessible 8 channels.
For other devices the control target varies. Please refer to Reason's documentation.

Reaper:

This button is replaced by a plugin (when "alt" is down), bank (when "shift" is down) resp. page stepping control for the plugin editor. Functional with the MCU_Klinke extension only.

Samplitude:

When first pressed encoders control channel panning of the currently accessible 8 channels (exactly like in Pan editor, central upper display shows "TR"). Pressing Track button a second time switches Samplitude into "Active Control" mode (display shows "AC"). The fader then controls any parameter selected in Samplitude by mouse (and showing that little red triangle next to it). Encoders still control panning.

SAWStudio:

Turning encoder 1 controls mixer attenuation level, pressing it in V-Selection mode sets attenuation to defaults. Pressing encoder 2 controls a channel's phase switch, pressing encoder 3 swaps left and right channels and turning encoder 4 controls a channels mono mode.

Digital Performer:

Sets the encoders - which will switch to V-Selection mode - up as shortcuts to various subeditors:
Pan - encoders control Pan (this is identical to what you get when pressing TouchDAW's Pan button).
SndVal encoders control Send Levels and Send Mute (this is identical to what you get when pressing TouchDAW's Send button).
SndOut encoders select the output to which the sends are assigned.
Input encoders control track input.
Output encoders control track output.
Effect encoders select effects for slots in the mixing board, and choose presets (this is identical to what you get when pressing TouchDAW's Plugin button).
Prefs Accesses control surface preferences.

Acid / Vegas:

Encoders control track inputs.

Studio One (2.6 and greater):

Encoders modify track parameters of the selected channel:
Encoder 1 - Bypass all plugins.
Encoder 2 - Monitoring on/off.
Encoder 3 - Select channel input.
Encoder 4 - Select channel output.
Encoder 5-8 - Bypass sends 1-4


Tracktion:

This button is replaced by an arrow / paging button with Tracktion.

Bitwig:

Switches the controller into "Volume" mode which is effectively the same as Pan mode, with the encoders controlling stereo positions. The sole difference is that in Pan mode the display over the fader will show numeric pan values, while in volume mode it shows track levels.




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