Use Your Caps Lock Keyboard As A Controller
It’s the smallest MIDI keyboard in the world : the Caps Lock Keyboard. When you’re on the road and you’ve only brought your Macbook, this will have to do. Its timing is a bit sloppy, and you can only play six notes at once. Anyone who can play six notes at once on this thing, while still sounding musical, is a boss! The reason I am posting about it, is that you can use the Caps Lock Keyboard as a controller source, making it the smallest controller in the world too.
For example, after spending way too much time on your Macbook’s mouse pad, you could use the Caps Lock Keyboard to toggle a delay on a vocal track instead of having to draw the automation by hand. Setting this up is fairly easy. The following procedure applies to setting up external MIDI or USB controllers too, let’s get to it.
Using the Caps Lock Keyboard as a Controller – Setup
Let’s say we want to put some Tape Delay on a guitar track:
On the audio track, we’ll put a send to bus 1, which carries the Tape Delay plugin. Next, hit ⌘K to bring up Easy View of the Controller Assignments Window:
Always assign the parameter first, then the controller, so click on Send 1’s level knob first. Then, bring up the Caps Lock Keyboard by pressing the Caps Lock key (if it doesn’t pop up, check Preferences>General>Caps Lock Keys).
Press a key you’d like to use. I’ll use the A key in this example. Disable ‘Learn Mode’. Easy View should now show you this:
No worries if ‘Input message’ shows you something different, it probably means that your octaves were set differently. Octaves can be selected with the numeric keys on your Mac’s keyboard, see the top image of this post.
Next, click on Expert View to tell Logic we’ll want to toggle Send 1’s level:
Now play around with your newly assigned controller key! Remember, the Caps Lock Keyboard has to be active for this to work. Turn it off if you need the Mac’s keyboard again for key commands.
To record your toggles, set the track’s Automation Mode to ‘Write’. Beware though, this will erase all other automation data that was on the track already. If there’s automation data on the track, and you’d like to keep it, use Touch or Latch mode.
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