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How do I set up DAW Control in Windows?
Posted by Harry Garcia, Last modified by Harry Garcia on 03 November 2016 02:59 PM

Qu mixers (firmware 1.2 or higher) - the Custom Layer can be populated with MIDI strips and a dedicated MIDI channel is provided for DAW Control.

Configure your mixer for DAW Control

  1.  Go to Setup / Control / Custom Layer and set the required fader strips to MIDI by selecting first then scrolling with the screen rotary.

  1. Set the MIDI Channel in the mixer's Setup / Control / MIDI screen. Qu defaults to MIDI Ch. 2 for DAW control.

  1. If required, set the SoftKeys to MMC transport controls or DAW Bank Up/Down in Setup / Control / SoftKeys.
  2. Connect to your Computer with USB cable.

Configure the DAW Control Application

  1. Download DAW Control from allen-heath.com and install it on your Computer.
  2. Launch DAW Control and double click in the A&H tray menu (or right click, then click on Show Preferences) to access the configuration panel.

  1. Select Qu as the Mixer Series.

  1. Select the MIDI channel as set in the mixer. This is normally set to Ch. 2 to match the default MIDI channel used by the Qu or GLD MIDI strips.
  2. Select MIDI Ports for USB connection to the mixer (Qu), or TCP/IP for Cat5 network connection (GLD).
  3. MIDI Ports - Select the MIDI Input and Output ports to be used, for example Qu-16 MIDI Out and Qu-16 MIDI In.

TCP/IP - Select the mixer from the drop-down box, or select Custom and type in the IP address of the mixer, then tick the Connect checkbox.

The two squares in the status bar display MIDI I/O activity. To check you are connected to the mixer, move any fader on the mixer and the left square should flash.

Follow the instructions specific to your DAW in the sections below to assign faders, PAFL, Sel/Mix and Mute keys from the MIDI strips to track level, Solo, select and Mute in your DAW.

This will also assign MMC transport controls from the mixer to the corresponding DAW controls.

If Bank Up / Down function is assigned to the mixer’s SoftKeys, fader bank navigation will also be enabled in the DAW.

A similar procedure should apply to other DAWs as long as they support HUI or Mackie Control.


Avid Pro Tools

  1. Select the HUI protocol in the DAW Control panel and launch Pro Tools.
  2. Go to Setup / MIDI / Input Devices and enable all DAW Control MIDI
  3. Open the Setup / Peripherals window and navigate to the MIDI Controllers
  4. Create a HUI device for each block of 8 MIDI strips present on the mixer, and assign to the corresponding MIDI ports. The following example assumes 16 MIDI strips are used:
    1. In row #1, select HUI as the Type and DAW Control MIDI 1 as the Receive From and Send To ports.
    2. In row #2, select HUI as the Type and DAW Control MIDI 2 as the Receive From and Send To ports.
  5. Click OK.

Steinberg Cubase

  1. Select the Mackie Control protocol in the DAW Control panel and launch Cubase.
  2. Open the Devices / Device Setup
  3. Create a Mackie Control device for each block of 8 MIDI strips present on the mixer, and assign to the corresponding MIDI ports. Note that the top-most device in the left hand list represents the right-most channels. The following example assumes 16 MIDI strips are used:
    1. Click on the Add Device button (+) and select Mackie Control.
    2. Select DAW Control MIDI 2 as the Input and Output MIDI Port.
    3. Click on the Add Device button (+) again and select Mackie Control.
    4. Select DAW Control MIDI 1 as the Input and Output MIDI Port.
  4. Click OK.

Cockos Reaper

  1. Select the Mackie Control protocol in the DAW Control panel and launch Reaper.
  2. Open the Options / Preferences window and click on MIDI Devices from the left hand list.
  3. To avoid message conflicts, make sure that all DAW Control MIDI Input and Output ports are disabled. If needed, right click on a port to change its status.
  4. Select Control Surfaces from the left hand list and create a Mackie Control device for each block of 8 MIDI strips present on the mixer, then assign each to the corresponding MIDI ports. The following example assumes 16 MIDI strips are used:
    1. Click the Add button, select Mackie Control Universal surface mode and DAW Control MIDI 1 as the Input and Output port, then click OK.
    2. Click the Add button again, then select Mackie Control Universal surface mode, DAW Control MIDI 2 as the Input and Output port, enter 8 as the Surface offset, and click OK.
  5. Click OK to close the window.

Ableton Live

  1. Select the Mackie Control protocol in the DAW Control panel and launch Live.
  2. Open the Live / Preferences window and navigate to the MIDI/Sync
  3. Select MackieControl in the Control Surface #1 dropdown box, and set DAW Control MIDI 1 as the Input and Output port.
  4. For each consequent block of 8 MIDI strips present on the mixer, create a Mackie Control Extender device and assign it to the corresponding MIDI port.

The following example assumes 16 MIDI strips are used:

  1. Select MackieControlXT in the Control Surface #2 dropdown box, and set DAW Control MIDI 2 as the Input and Output port.
  1. Close the window.

http://www.allen-heath.com/media/DAW-Control-Setup-Notes-V1.40.pdf


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