Setting up MidiShaper in Apple Logic X

Setting up MidiShaper in Logic is trickier than in most other DAWs and definitely provides some pitfalls. We'll show you what can be done and which limitations and flaws Logic provides. If you succeed, you'll get super-flexible LFOs added to your favorite hardware devices, to Logic's controls and to your software synthesizers and effects.

Modulating your hardware devices

Load MidiShaper, select a MIDI output from within MidiShaper and select a MIDI CC to output to. Now your old hardware synthesizers and effects, or your VJ equipment got super-flexible LFOs and EGs, just as this Slim Phatty got.

To set up your hardware devices, use their built-in "MIDI Learn" (if available) or refer to this overview of standard CC numbers.

Note: For the waveform to update correctly, audio playback must run and there must be either an audio signal or a virtual instrument on MidiShaper's track. That's because Logic bypasses plugins that it regards as inactive.

Modulating your software devices: Preparation

Before we start, note that AU plugins cannot output MIDI directly to your DAW. This results in less than perfect timing accuracy in MidiShaper's AU version, and the update rate is reduced to once per audio buffer. You can set up virtual MIDI ports in your system preferences. To do so, open your system's "Audio-MIDI-Setup", then select "Show MIDI Window" from the "Window" menu, double-click the IAC driver and check "Device is online". You can then add and remove MIDI ports — we recommend to add at least 4 of them. Note that if you install or remove MIDI ports later, you might need to set up the chosen MIDI port again in MidiShaper.

Modulating software synthesizers via their built-in "MIDI Learn"

This video by Logic Pro MIDI Hub walks you through the process:

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