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LrControl, midi, Loupedeck... anyone using for editing in LR?

 
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Mar 06, 2018 08:12 |  #1

I've recently purchased a wacom tablet and love it so far. I'm considering getting one of the midi controllers (some version of Behringer) and looking at the software to control it. LrControl is a LR plugin that looks promising. Before making the investment I thought I would check and see if any of you are using anything like this and what your thoughts are. Thanks in advance.


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Mar 18, 2018 10:29 |  #2

I just purchased a Behringer X-Touch Mini controller and loaded up MIDI2LR.

Try this search: behringer x-touch mini midi2lr

I’ve only gotten into it enough to see that it works - haven’t had a big editing session yet. But, yes, it does work! I expect to like this a lot, and some good speed improvements.

Some notes:
I’m on mac. To customize firmware or settings on ths controller requires a PC. It doesn’t look like I’ll need to do this - all I care about is assigning LR functions to controls, and that’s all in the plugin, completely customizable.

I’m a big believer in structured workflows. Meaning, I’ll do a pass for picks. I’ll do another pass where I create a couple different develop settings and paste on every pick. Another pass... you get the idea. I’m already using lots of keyboard shortcuts, so, adding dials and buttons for basics like temp, tint, exp, whites, highlights, shadows, just going down the basic settings with the controller will be my biggest process improvement. And mapping buttons for next and previous.

Are you already using keyboard shortcuts? That’s the kind of thinking that makes a controller worthwhile, IMO. Maybe that’s just me...

My typical edit starts with maybe 400 images from a shoot. At the end, I’ll have edited 30 or 40 keepers. Much of that is purely mechanical and rote process. I want to fly through that stuff so I can get to the detail and creative work. A controller won’t get me any better photos, but does get me through the boring basics quicker!

If all that sounds good to you, I recommend this controller and plugin. Fifty bucks! If you don’t like it you can sell it here for $30... Is the experiment worth risking $20 to you?

PS. I happened to come across MIDI2LR first, never looked at LRcontrol, have done no comparisons. The plug is working fine, though.


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Mar 18, 2018 10:57 |  #3

SailingAway wrote in post #18588486 (external link)
I just purchased a Behringer X-Touch Mini controller and loaded up MIDI2LR.

Try this search: behringer x-touch mini midi2lr

I’ve only gotten into it enough to see that it works - haven’t had a big editing session yet. But, yes, it does work! I expect to like this a lot, and some good speed improvements.

Some notes:
I’m on mac. To customize firmware or settings on ths controller requires a PC. It doesn’t look like I’ll need to do this - all I care about is assigning LR functions to controls, and that’s all in the plugin, completely customizable.

I’m a big believer in structured workflows. Meaning, I’ll do a pass for picks. I’ll do another pass where I create a couple different develop settings and paste on every pick. Another pass... you get the idea. I’m already using lots of keyboard shortcuts, so, adding dials and buttons for basics like temp, tint, exp, whites, highlights, shadows, just going down the basic settings with the controller will be my biggest process improvement. And mapping buttons for next and previous.

Are you already using keyboard shortcuts? That’s the kind of thinking that makes a controller worthwhile, IMO. Maybe that’s just me...

My typical edit starts with maybe 400 images from a shoot. At the end, I’ll have edited 30 or 40 keepers. Much of that is purely mechanical and rote process. I want to fly through that stuff so I can get to the detail and creative work. A controller won’t get me any better photos, but does get me through the boring basics quicker!

If all that sounds good to you, I recommend this controller and plugin. Fifty bucks! If you don’t like it you can sell it here for $30... Is the experiment worth risking $20 to you?

PS. I happened to come across MIDI2LR first, never looked at LRcontrol, have done no comparisons. The plug is working fine, though.

Thanks!

Since I posted this thread I've actually started using one. I got a Behringer x-touch compact, along with midi2lr like yourself. I have quite a bit done to it so far. It has some quirks but nothing I haven't been able to work around. My "sorting" work flow is much quicker using it, and I'm really enjoying the faders for the basic panel as well as the localized tools. Being able to control the tools is GREAT.. change brush size, brush A/B, or the feathering on the fly. I also have a few of my localized presets on the keyboard (that requires a work-around if you store your presets somewhere other than the default so let me know if you run into that issue). So far I'm really liking it.

I tried to set up and use the keywording ability on another layer of the controller, but that feature has a bug. It only assigns the keyword to the active image, even if you have 30 selected. I'll have to see if I can figure that one out in the code, I'm not fluent in Lr's SDK.


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