1 (edited by soundflix 2022-09-14 22:49:27)

Topic: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

Hi everyone!

I developed a menu bar app for macOS that displays a temporary HUD Overlay of changes in TotalMix's Control Room. Tracked controls are Main & Phones Volumes, Mutes, Dim, Talkback, Speaker B, Mono, Ext In, Mute FX and Mute-Groups.

The app is useful if you want quick visual feedback and/or keyboard access to your Control Room settings.

  • Watch your monitor level while you adjust, without having the overwhelming TotalMix Mixer window visible.
    Cool if you're using the ARC USB and want exact volume control.

  • The HUD Overlay is transparent and you can't click on it. It can time out or stay visible permanently. Opacity is adjustable. Fades when mouse hovers.

  • You can assign Keyboard shortcuts to switch or adjust any of the displayed controls.

  • You can decide if you want to see the overlay for a few seconds or permanently.

  • You can select Automatic Talkback, linked to the transport status of your DAW!

  • You can select an Automatic Mute-Group, linked to the transport status of your DAW!

The HUD Overlay looks like this:
https://i.ibb.co/sKzpJK4/Bildschirmfoto-2021-12-31-um-02-05-09.png

The app is now available on my website. There’s a 30 days trial.

The app has a minimum requirement of macOS 10.15 (Catalina), also supporting macOS 11 and macOS 12 on Intel and Apple Silicon.

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

i send you a "forum email".... b

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

Thanks to the contributors so far!

I'm still searching for more feedback from people who don't use ARC or a dedicated controller, just keyboard.

Also, people who use TotalMix's Talkback feature are very welcome.

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

a quick update: controlPilot now has a new Automatic Talkback feature, linked to the transport status of your DAW !

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

Very interested in trying this!

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Matt McKenzie-Smith (UFXII, UFX, Babyface) MacStudioUltra OS12.4
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Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

mattrixx wrote:

Very interested in trying this!

Matt, I sent you a PM!

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

Very interested in trying this too!

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

screenshot updated.

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

I'm very interested to try this menu bar, can it have snapshot changes?

Juan José Salazar
Sonic Animal Music
RME Babyface, Win 10, Mac Catalina, Pro Tools, Nuendo, Ableton

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

juanjosalazar wrote:

I'm very interested to try this menu bar, can it have snapshot changes?

Hi Juan,
I am trying to have this app centered around Control Room features. Maybe that would be just too much. TM lets you assign hotkeys for snapshot, have you tried that?

11 (edited by soundflix 2022-06-15 00:09:11)

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

Hi all!

I made a short Demo-Screencast video to show what ControlPilot does.
Here's the link :-)

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

I'm working on a new feature to automate Mute Groups based on DAW Transport Status STOP / PLAY RECORD.
It would be interesting to hear different scenarios where / how this could be used.

13 (edited by soundflix 2022-06-15 00:10:51)

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

I made a short screencast to demonstrate Auto-Mute and Auto-Talk.
Watch it here

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

I added a few more options to the Auto-Mute feature. You can now select any combination of transport states (Stop/Play/Record) where you want the selected Mute Group switched on.

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Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

Awesome!

Regards
Matthias Carstens
RME

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

Is there a release to be expected in the near future?

MB Pro - FireFace 400 & DigiFace USB
ADAT gear: Korg, Behri, Fostex, Alesis
Appsys.ch ADAT over UTP

17 (edited by soundflix 2022-07-22 23:44:01)

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

cyrano wrote:

Is there a release to be expected in the near future?

Hi Cyrano,
Beta is over and the version 1.0 release is imminent. I just didn’t make it before the summer break.
You can get the current pre-release on my website.

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

Thanks!

MB Pro - FireFace 400 & DigiFace USB
ADAT gear: Korg, Behri, Fostex, Alesis
Appsys.ch ADAT over UTP

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

Thanks for your work on this! I purchased a license.

I have a mechanical keyboard with a rotary encoder, which I would like to use to control the Main Volume in the TotalMix FX control room. I have configured the keyboard such that turning it to the left sends key F18 and turning it to the right sends key F19. I have then set up hotkeys in ControlPilot for Main Volume -1dB and +1dB and have assigned those to F18 and F19, respectively.

When I try to use the encoder, however, the control of the TotalMix FX Main fader gets sluggish and ceases to work if I turn the encoder too quickly.

Setting the keyboard encoder to control the built-in volume of my Mac, however, results in a very smooth operation. And I can use the encoder on my ARC USB at any speed--the faster I turn it, the faster the volume changes.

When I hold down a hot key set to main volume +1.0dB or -1.0dB, the effect is that the command repeats at a moderate speed, thereby continuously increasing or decreasing the main volume. And that also works when, instead of holding down the hot key, I simply hit the key repeatedly at a moderate speed. But as I increase the frequency with which I hit the key, eventually the hot key ceases to work. That's the same thing that happens when I use my rotary encoder knob. If I turn the encoder very slowly, it works fine, but at a normal speed, it is sending the key command too frequently for Totalmix FX to recognize it.

So I think this may indicate that ControlPilot may be having some difficulty buffering keyboard input.

Do you think a fix may be possible?

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

Hi Adam,
thanks for your purchase!
I see your issue. In my inital design, I noticed that TotallMix was getting unresponsive when sending OSC messages too quickly. That's why I limited the frequency of OSC messages. I will try to find a better solution and keep you updated.

Next time you have a support issue, feel free to contact me directly through the app or via email.
support@felixrost.de

21 (edited by soundflix 2022-08-27 13:13:51)

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

New HUD Overlay layout option compact:

https://i.ibb.co/YPPbKqb/new-compact-layout-explode-BG.png

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

That's great!!  Compact and clean!!

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Matt McKenzie-Smith (UFXII, UFX, Babyface) MacStudioUltra OS12.4
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Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

New feature in 0.9.9: Volume focus - The volume display can toggle to each incoming submix volume change. User preferences to toggle only to Main / SpeakerB and a timeout value.

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

soundflix wrote:

New feature in 0.9.9: Volume focus - The volume display can toggle to each incoming submix volume change. User preferences to toggle only to Main / SpeakerB and a timeout value.

This just keeps getting better and better Felix!  Great work.

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Matt McKenzie-Smith (UFXII, UFX, Babyface) MacStudioUltra OS12.4
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25 (edited by soundflix 2022-09-21 15:56:41)

Re: controlPilot - macOS app for ControlRoom settings & automatic Talkback

Hi folks,
Control Pilot is out with version 1.0!
Cheers!