Mixbus can respond to external controllers using 4 different protocols:

Generic MIDI ( also called “MIDI Learn” )

Mixbus can accept MIDI control-messages from any MIDI-enabled device that sends CC (continuous controller) or NRPN messages. Many MIDI keyboards include MIDI controller knobs and switches that can be bound to Mixbus mixer-strip controls or transport controls.

Mixbus can use controls directly by using “MIDI Learn”. With this method, you tell Mixbus exactly what control you want to adjust on-screen, and then you turn your physical controller to “assign” it to that knob.

Alternatively, you can use a pre-defined “Binding map” which preconfigures your device’s controls to work with Mixbus. You can choose from a predefined list, or you can create your own binding file, and share it with other Mixbus users.

Mackie MCU

The “Mackie Control” protocol allows controllers with motorized faders (typically 8 or more) to control the Mixbus mixer.

Presonus Faderport

The Presonus Faderport is an inexpensive controller with 1 motorized fader, one knob, and several buttons. Mixbus provides a dedicated control mode for the Faderport.

OSC control

OSC ( Open Sound Control ) is a network protocol that allows you to control Mixbus from an ethernet-connected controller.

Enabling External Controllers

Mixbus will recognize a number of external controller protocols, but the ones you need must be enabled in Edit -> Preferences -> Control Surfaces.

Enable the controller protocol you need by checking the box for the controller you have.


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