ShowCockpit is a program that allows you to use various control types to control different lighting consoles. It’s basically an easy way to translate protocols like MIDI and OSC to lighting software like M-PC or Grand MA2, but it can also do significantly more complex things.
ShowCockpit already has a number of MIDI Patches already built in for some specific MIDI controllers, but I wanted to show you today how to set up and control M-PC with any MIDI Controller.
Creating a New Project in ShowCockpit
First, you’ll want to start by opening your ShowCockpit program. You will click New Project, title it, and hit enter.
Next, we add the Elements. On the left-hand sidebar, you will click Elements. Click Add, Lighting, Elation, and then M-PC. Title as needed.
Then we will the External Control. Click Add, External Control, MIDI, Generic MIDI. Title as Needed.
Once you’ve added the elements you should see both of them on the ShowCockpit screen. When you click each control there will be preference option on the right-hand screen.
Note: If you do not have Motorize Faders you will need to switch the Toggle to Off in the preferences.
When setting the preferences for the Generic MIDI set the Output and Input Devices.
Define the MIDI Elements
Now, we are going to set up the MIDI Elements. On the ShowCockpit element screen, you will need to Click the Toggle Button on for the Generic MIDI Control.
Click the Generic MIDI and on the Right-Hand side click Open New Window. A popup window will come up and select Enable Learn. You should see the MIDI connect.
When your MIDI is connected simply go through and press all of your Faders. You will see these connecting in the ShowCockPit Screen.
Once you connected all of your Faders Click the Button tab and do the same for your Buttons. Close this screen when done.
Mapping Your Faders and Buttons
Go back to your ShowCockpit screen and Toggle on the M-PC. On the Left Sidebar below Elements, you will click Mapping.
On the Mapping Tab you will see 3 columns: Pick a Function inside of M-PC, Tune Parameters, and Assign a Control for the Generic MIDI.
Under the Assign a Control as you press the Faders you will see them light up under the Control column.
Select Fader 01 and Assign the Playback # 1. Go through the Faders in order to assign the Playback Fader. Do this in order for the rest of your Faders. You will see the Faders functioning in the M-PC Control as you press them.
When you’re done assigning the Faders you will then go to the Pick A Function Tab and select one of the Following for your Buttons: Main Playback Button, Submaster Button, or Playback Button.
In the video, we used the Playback Button. Under the Tune Parameters select Page 1, Button 1, and for the Cuelist Action drop-down select Go.
Just as you did for the Faders go through and map your buttons one at a time.
If you have keys you can go through the same steps and assign them to the MIDI Controller.
Just take your time and assign your faders, buttons, and keys as needed. It’s very simple to do. Make sure to take some time to learn the functions and explore the options!
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