Tutorials and Compatibility:
The VMeter is a class-compliant USB MIDI device, which means that just about any music software can talk to it on Windows XP, Win 7 and OS X (linux, too--not tested). You can "map" a VMeter's touch position, pressure output, or pitch wheel output to just about any knob or fader in most programs. And in most cases, when you make changes on the screen with the mouse, or playback automated data, you'll see the LEDs on the VMeter move by themselves, just like a motorized fader. Some programs even support VU Meter MIDI outputs so you can watch levels on a VMeter.
Unfortunately, several programs do not send data back out, so you're limited to using the VMeter as a controller input, but you won't be able to see changes made with a mouse show on the VMeter.
We're working to get around these limitations by emulating Mackie Control Surfaces. This is how many other controllers, including iPad apps like TouchOSC and TouchDAW, work. This is still a work in progress. Another promising alternative is the program LC XMU, which can turn any MIDI controller into an emulated Mackie Controller. This is not free, and only available for the MAC.
- Your Software Not Listed? Try our VMeter simulator to test MIDI connections.
- Cockos Reaper:
- Control any knob or fader with Actions in Cockos Reaper, input only (no visual feedback during playback).
- Recordings made to a MIDI track (pitch bend, MIDI CC, for VSTs etc) ARE fully bi-directional (playback shows on VMeter). Only Action-based automation does not playback (some VSTs may make this possible).
- Metering available through midiAudioToCC VST, no default support.
- Cubase 6:
- Ableton Live:
- Torq DJ Software:
- Sonar X1:
- Logic Pro:
- Presonus Studio One:
- Resolume (Video DJ Software):
- Very minimal support. The fader controller numbers are hard-coded to 33-40, and pans on those tracks are hard-coded to 17-24. Some plugins let you "learn" a mapping, but not all plugins. No output back to VMeter(s).
- Extremely minimal support. Volume and Pan control over currently selected track only.
- Volume control for PC / MAC:
- Software for Mac and PC is available on the instructions page to control and display your computer's volume. On the PC, you can also set the VMeter to bounce with the music, or display CPU activity levels (Vista+ only).