mXY

mXY is a multi X/Y MIDI controller part of eyoControl. An X/Y can be assigned a functionality such as pitch bend or MIDI continious controller to each axis, in order to modulate DAW sounds in real time.

  • 4 independent X/Y controllers.
  • Merge and Split modes: controllers can placed either in a common area (merged) or in individual slots (split).
  • 1, 2, 3 or 4 controllers on screen simultaneously.
  • controller axis individually assignable to pitch bend or any of 56 MIDI continuous controllers.
  • enable/disable X and Y axis for each controller with a single tap.
  • swap the settings of X and Y axis with a single tap.
  • Mirror mode: values can be mirrored in each direction around center position.
  • Reversed mode: min. and max. values can be reversed.
  • Return to Center mode: releasing a controller makes it go back to center position.
  • Sticky mode: for easy positioning at center position.
  • Outer Grip (Split mode only): enables to move a controller by touching and dragging anywhere within the controller area, not only the controller button.
  • Fine mode: choose between high or low resolution values for controllers whose values are larger than 8 bits.
  • choose between 2 button sizes per controller.
  • support for Portrait and Landscape orientations.
  • support for VoiceOver.
  • controller settings are preserved for later reuse.

By default, the four X/Y controllers have the below mentioned assignments. Also they all have “Outer Grip” mode enabled so touching and dragging from anywhere in the controller’s canvas area will move the controller button (this behavior is automatically disabled when controllers are merged).

  • Controller 1 (Yellow): Pitch Bend on X, Modulation on Y, automatic return to center on both axis.
  • Controller 2 (Orange): Panning on X, Expression (volume) on Y.
  • Controller 3 (Green): Effect Control 1 on X, Effect Control 2 on Y.
  • Controller 4 (Red): General Purpose 1 on X,General Purpose 2 on Y.

The controller assignments like Effect Control and General Purpose are dependent on the virtual instrument being used on your DAW or synthesizer. Some respond to pre-defined controllers, others let users assign them through MIDI Learn. Please refer to the documentation of your virtual instruments for details about how to assign Continuous Controllers (CC). Once the assignments with your virtual instruments are made, just tap and drag the controller button along the X and Y axis while playing.

Activate each controller by tapping the “+” button, deactivate it by tapping the “-” button.

Controllers can display either in an independent area (Split mode, the default) or a common one (Merge mode). Tap the MERGE/SPLIT button to toggle between Split and Merge mode.

When a controller is not configured in Reversed or Mirror mode, its origin (0,0) is at the bottom-left corner of the controller area. In Mirror mode, the origin is at the center of the area. In Reversed mode, the min. and max values are reversed. Mirror and Reserved mode can be enabled independently for each axis. See the edition section below for details about editing controller settings.

With a single tap, you can disable/enable a given axis (tap the X or Y button), or swap the settings of X and Y axis (ap the S button).

Tap the EDIT button to enter edition mode (tap LEAVE button to leave edition mode). The following controller settings can be edited:

  • Button size: tap on the button size you whish to use for a given controller.
  • Outer grip: when on, a controller can be moved by tapping and dragging anywhere in the controller area, not only on the controller button. This can avoid missing the contoller’s button while playing. Outer grip is functional in Split mode only, not in Merge mode.
  • Type: the type of MIDI controller to use. Pitch Bend or MIDI continuous controllers can be used, just pick the one you want to assign to a given controller. This assignment may depend on the capabilities of the virtual instrument you are using this controller with.
  • Mirror: when on, sets the origin of the axis at the center of the controller area. Moving in either direction on the axis will increment the controller value. Please note Pitch Bend is by nature centered at origin so does not require Mirror mode to be enabled.
  • Sticky: if set, when the controller’s button will come close to the center area, it will slightly “stick” to it, this can make it easier to position a controller exactly at the center position.
  • Reversed: when set, min. and max. controller values are reversed.
  • Return to center: if set, when a controller button is released on a given axis, it will automatically return to its center position.
  • Fine: if set, MIDI continuous controllers whose values can be larger than 8 bits will be used with increased resolution.

For more information about usage of this controller, check out the eyoControl set up guidelines.

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