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How can I control the Logic plug-ins using Automap?

Logic 9.0.1 and later allows full control of Logic's native FX and instrument plugins through Automap with no setup required.

For versions of Logic earlier than 9.0.1 see below:



The Logic plug-ins are not standard AU format plug-ins, therefore they will not work in conjunction with Automap. There is no way to control the Logic effect plug-ins however it is still possible to control the Logic instruments. There are two ways in which this can be done:


AUTOMAP MODE (ReMOTE SL and ReMOTE SL Compact only):

Logic Mixer Automap incorporates an instrument mode which was impleneted for controlling instrument plug-ins before the plug-in Automap system was introduced. To access instrument mode select the Mixer Automap template (template 39), press the left-hand scroll up button on the ReMOTE SL and then select the instrument track you want to control. This mode can be used to control the Logic instruments however you cannot determine how the instrument parameters are mapped to the ReMOTE SL. For more info on instrument mode see the 'Logic' section of the ReMOTE SL OS 4.1 Automap Universal Guide.pdf which comes with the latest ReMOTE SL installer, available to download from the ReMOTE SL downloads page.


MANUAL (NON-AUTOMAP MODE) (ReMOTE SL, ReMOTE SL compact and SL Mk II):

It is possible to create a manually mapped templates (i.e. not Automap templates) for the Logic instruments which send CC data into Logic. The Logic insturments do not respond to CC messages but instead use Logic's own Fader messages (these are NOT standard MIDI messages). You can use a Transformer object in the Logic environment to translate CC data sent from the ReMOTE SL into Fader messages to allow control over the Logic instruments. All you need to do is make sure the CC numbers you assign to the ReMOTE SL controls correspond to the Fader numbers of the parameters of the Logic instrument. To find out the Fader number for a parameter connect a Monitor object to the output of an instrument channel in the Logic environment and change the parameter you want to assign. Fader messages will appear in the Monitor object in the format F2 nn xx, where nn is the Fader number and xx is the parameter value.

The advantage this method has is that you can decide how the instrument parameters are mapped to the ReMOTE SL controls when you create the template. You can create a template using the ReMOTE SL Template Editor which is free to download from ReMOTE SL downloads page. We have already created templates for EXS24 and ES2 which use this method and they are available in the 'ReMOTE SL Templates' download on the ReMOTE SL downloads page. These templates come with instructions on how to set up a transformer object in the Logic environment to translate CC data into Fader messages. If you want to create other templates using this method then it may be worth checking out these instructions and seeing how the templates are created by loading them into the Editor for an example to follow.

Note that EVB3 is an exception because some of its parameters do respond to CC data. We have created a template for this too, also available in the 'ReMOTE SL Templates' download. Some other Logic instruments allow you to assign CC messages to parameters within the plug-in, for example by using the modulation matrix in EXS24 or ES2. It may be preferable to use this system instead of converting CC messages to fader messages as described above.