New version for MUC: 3.0.361
I am pleased to inform you that I have just released the new MUC v3.0 build 361.
You can download the MIDI Universal Controller tool in the first post, here.
This new version includes some more additions, some fixes and a very important feature: the parameter rerouting customization for instrument plugins. You can see all the updates inside the Update History.
Parameter Rerouting for Instrument Plugins
The instrument plugins are disparate, each offering an ordered, hard-coded list of specific parameters, each with a different range of values, where the infinite-spin wheels are the ideal knob.
The main control problem through the MIDI input is that it is not possible to modify the order of the list, being impossible to route the MIDI input to control specific parameters that the user wants, since their physical MIDI controller has limited physical knobs (several buttons, wheels…). The user has a physical MIDI controller with a limited amount of physical controls, and the instrument plugin can have hundreds of parameters. How to control all that, or at least the most interesting parameters of each instrument plugin?
The MIDI Universal controller, through the “Instr. Plugin” section, allows you to display an ordered list of all the current plugin’s parameters, in such a way that each parameter is linked to a virtual slider bar. Additionally, via the “Rou” switch, it allows each slider to be rerouted to any desired parameter, using the master slider. Here a simple example:
Example of the Tricent Plugin, with 93 parameters (8 rerouted)
This allows the MUC to be customized for each instrument plugin, so the user will only have to do their custom routing once, forever.
MUC will save each routing configuration automatically, so it works for any session or song project, without the need to re-route again.
The routings are saved in the ins_plugin folder. You can make a manual backup of this folder if in the future you want to recover all the rerouting settings of all your plugins.
Thanks to all the features of the MUC, it allows sophisticated control of a multitude of parameters even for simple and cheap physical MIDI controllers.
Tips for Buying the Best Physical MIDI Controllers to Control Renoise + MUC
Don’t buy physical MIDI controllers USB with faders. Faders (slider bars) have a limited range of values, from 0 to 127.
Don’t buy physical MIDI controllers USB with limited-spin casters. Like the faders, they have a limited range of values, from 0 to 127.
I am aware that with the two previous points I completely kill 90% of the USB MIDI controllers that are currently on the market, but that’s the way it is.
The ideal is to buy a MIDI controller USB that has infinitely rotating wheels (8, or 8+1 at least) and several banks to multiply the number of these wheels, (3 or 4 banks, or at least 2). This allows for direct 8x3 or 8x4 MIDI input routing. The infinite turning wheels have no range limitation, they can select each value within the value range of each parameter, being the ideal physical control for any DAW, especially if the user wants to control a multitude of parameters.
It is also advisable to to buy a MIDI controller USB with buttons to be able to press and release, which act as a switch. The pads should also be able to function as switch-type buttons.
If you have a MIDI keyboard or MIDI pad or MIDI controller and have not yet tried the MUC, you should!