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Question: How to add a precise AU plugin to the selected track without any mouse ?

Hi there,


I'm currently working on some MIDI controller project and would like to be able to trig the adding of a precise AU FX Plugin without my mouse.
This, because it's quite easy to translate MIDI into Key Strokes or even to trig the opening of a file with a MIDI value, but it's much harder to navigate into the menues and submenues of the rack to click on the desired plugin.


So my question is :


Is there any other way than the usual dialog box to add a new plugin to the selected track ?


Thanks for your answers

Logic Pro X, macOS Sierra (10.12.5)

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Dec 12, 2017 4:21 PM in response to theotop In response to theotop

If you insist on MIDI then you need to implement the protocol of a supported control surface. The Mackie HUI or universal Mackie Control protocols are suitable. Then you can automate the command sequences required to instantiate a plugin. The protocols are not publicly available, but can easily be reverse engineered. You can use the very similar Emagic Logic Contol Midi implementation documentation as a starting point, which you can find with google.


Alternatively, you can try to use Logic's OSC (open sound control) protocol to control plugin instantiation. How well that works I don't know, but at least that one is documented and part of the Logic documentation. OSC requires a network connection though, because the messages are transported by UDP packets.


Good luck,


Jazz

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Dec 9, 2017 12:14 PM in response to Data Stream Studio In response to Data Stream Studio

Thanks for your answer. But actually I can't insert every plugin I have, on each track of a project, so this doesn't really fix my problem

I'm really looking for some way to add a certain plugin on the selected track.

Dec 9, 2017 12:14 PM

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Dec 9, 2017 2:48 PM in response to theotop In response to theotop

There is no way to add a plugin without choosing it. There is almost always a break in the audio playback upon inserting a plugin but not when enabling one that is already inserted. Are you doing a live show? I’m wondering why you need this function in case there is another work around.

Dec 9, 2017 2:48 PM

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Dec 9, 2017 4:33 PM in response to Data Stream Studio In response to Data Stream Studio

Actually I mostly want to improve my workflow, and work on the Dedicated MIDI controller I'm making as on a real piece of hardware.
The less I'll have to use my mouse, the better.
So of course, I'm not afraid of programming, but first I need to know what happens in logic when I select a plugin and add it in my rack.

Dec 9, 2017 4:33 PM

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Dec 12, 2017 4:21 PM in response to theotop In response to theotop

If you insist on MIDI then you need to implement the protocol of a supported control surface. The Mackie HUI or universal Mackie Control protocols are suitable. Then you can automate the command sequences required to instantiate a plugin. The protocols are not publicly available, but can easily be reverse engineered. You can use the very similar Emagic Logic Contol Midi implementation documentation as a starting point, which you can find with google.


Alternatively, you can try to use Logic's OSC (open sound control) protocol to control plugin instantiation. How well that works I don't know, but at least that one is documented and part of the Logic documentation. OSC requires a network connection though, because the messages are transported by UDP packets.


Good luck,


Jazz

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