Prime on Mac / Mix Channel Positions / Midi Control
by
fumcignite
on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 11:15am
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 11:15am

I'm LOVING that Prime is usable on Mac! Means I can set everything up during the week on my laptop without having to worry about bringing the iPad home with me, making sure it's charged, and possibly forgetting it at home (30 minutes away)!

There are only a couple bells and/or whistles that would make it, perhaps, even better!

I have a midi controller that we used with the iPad. It would be nice to be able to also map keys on the Mac keyboard as "Midi controls". (I.e. - Using the spacebar for Play/Pause.)

The only other fun thing I run into from time to time is track layout consistency issues.

When I assign, say, the F#4 key to be able to turn the drum track off or on it works wonderfully. This is usefully in rehearsal time. However, from song to song the drum track might be in a different position on the mixer layout. That means the F#4 turn the drums off and on in one song, then it turns, say, the BGVs off and on in the next song. Therefore, I have to assign F#4 as bass for the first song, G#4 as bass for the second song, and A#4 as bass for the third song. It would be nifty if there were a way to move tracks to different positions within Prime since I can only imagine how difficult it would be to make sure every single track that's ever made available matches up. (AG on 1. AG2 on 2. Bass on 3. Drums on 4. etc.)

This is also the case when I assign a midi fader to a channel. I like to assign a fader to the bass channel on songs. The controller that I use currently only has two parts that can function as faders. I have one set to control the Master Volume of the loops. I then use a wheel to control the bass volume. Since I don't have multiple faders available I can't control the bass volume if it moves do a different position in the mixer. I realize that getting a multi-out will fix this problem as far as mix is concerned. I'm fighting for that to happen in our budget, but until then I'm stuck.

For each of these "issues" (and I use that term VERY lightly) there are about a million things that are working splendidly! Prime has forever changed how I do my job! THANK YOU!!!

  • Staff
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 11:12am

Hey Pip,

The space bar on the Mac will play and pause the tracks. You can also use the number keys or arrow keys for switching between songs in your setlist. We are looking into possibly adding more ways to map a keyboard. If you have a USB MIDI controller, you can still use it with the Mac and map everything the same way as you would the iPad.

We will pass the idea of being able to move the faders on to our development team to take a look at! For now, I would premix your songs the best you can to get them set how you need them ahead of time. But I get that you may want the volumes to fade during the song and other things like that. Thanks for the feedback and for using PRIME!

Happy looping!
-Derek, The LC Team