LrControl for Lightroom

More creative control and efficiency by using a controller. Choose from a wide selection of controllers.

LrControl puts Lightroom control at your fingertips. It is a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom that connects to USB/MIDI control surfaces. Enjoy the tactile feedback from a controller and get more accurate and faster control while developing your photos in Lightroom. The increased productivity helps you get the job done in less time.

Compatible Controllers

Here you see an overview of all the controllers LrControl supports. Each controller also has it's own page with more details. There you will find what each control on the controller does when you use it. There are also links to online vendors to help you order the controller you want.

You can also connect multiple controllers and use them simultaneously.

    KORG nanoKONTROL 2

    Very affordable and compact, this stylish controller comes in black and white and has 8 sliders and 8 knobs for controlling Lightroom develop parameters. The small form-factor makes it easy to fit on your desk. The controls feel very smooth and comfortable. Build quality is good, certainly if you consider the price.

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    • Features:

      • Small
      • 8 Faders
      • 8 Knobs
      • Affordable

    Behringer X-TOUCH MINI

    Compact controller with rotary encoders with led collars. The led collars show the current value of the Lightroom parameter for that encoder. And the device synchronises with Lightroom.

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    • Features:

      • Small
      • Synchronises
      • 8 Encoders
      • LED collars

    AKAI MidiMix

    Controller with 32 knobs and 9 sliders. This is a very rugged and solid controller. The sliders and knobs need a little bit more effort to move than the Korg and the knobs are a bit on the short side. The 32 knobs are a nice match to the 32 parameters of the color mixer in Lightroom.

    It has a send-all button, which sends the current values of all the knobs and settings.

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    • Features:

      • Build Quality
      • 9 Faders
      • 32 Knobs
      • Send All

    iCON Platform-M

    This controller has 9 motorized sliders and 9 endless encoders. The motorized sliders on the Platform-M have about 900 different levels instead of only 128 like other controllers. The endless encoders are rotating knobs that turn in small steps and are great for accurately making small adjustments. They do not have an end stop, you can keep on turning them endlessly.

    Build quality is excellent, The motors are quiet and move very quickly. Overall a very nice controller and relatively compact. Recommended.

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    • Features:

      • Motorized
      • 9 High Resolution Faders
      • 9 Encoders
      • Compact

    Behringer BCF2000

    Large and comfortable control desk with 8 motorized faders, 8 encoders with LED collars and 30 buttons. The large motorized faders automatically move to the current Lightroom develop values and allow precise control. The encoders have LED collars that show the current value, these are great for making fine adjustments. Overall a very nice device, though it is quite big.

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    • Features:

      • Motorized
      • 8 Faders
      • 8 Encoders

    Behringer BCR2000

    Large and comfortable control desk with 32 encoders with LED collars and 30 buttons. Very good value for money. The encoders have LED collars that show the current value, these are great for making fine adjustments. Overall a very nice device, though it is quite big.

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    • Features:

      • Good Value
      • 32 Encoders
      • Synchronises

    Behringer X-Touch Compact

    Large and comfortable control desk with 9 motorized faders and 16 encoders with LED collars and 39 buttons. All 16 encoders can be pressed as a button as well.

    The encoders have LED collars that show the current value, these are great for making fine adjustments. It is more expensive than the BCF2000 and a little bit larger, but very nice to use. It also has a build-in USB hub. Recommended.

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    • Features:

      • Stylish Design
      • Motorized
      • 9 Faders
      • 16 Encoders
      • 2 Port USB Hub

    DJ Tech Tools Midi Fighter Twister

    This is a very compact and well build controller. And it has color LEDs, so every encoder can get its own color. In LrControl this is used with the color-mixer parameters. The encoders are labelled with the color they control. All encoders can be pressed as a button and it has six extra buttons, 3 on each side.

    This device is a great option for on the go, it's very portable and weighs about 590g, including cable.

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    • Features:

      • Portable
      • Synchronises
      • 16 Encoders
      • Color LEDs

    Novation Launchpad Mini

    This controller has a lot of buttons. And LrControl now has functions to change develop parameters with buttons. You can use buttons to increase or decrease develop parameters. Or you can choose a fixed value to assign. Of course you can also make a button apply a preset.

    The buttons on this device are very different from keyboard buttons. They are a bit rubbery and almost silent. They appear to be of good quality.

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    • Features:

      • 80 Buttons
      • Red and Green LEDs

    iCON iControls PRO (out of production)

    This controller has 9 motorized sliders and 10 endless encoders. The large motorized sliders automatically move to the current Lightroom develop values and allow precise control. The endless encoders are rotating knobs that turn in small steps and are great for accurately making small adjustments. They do not have an end stop, you can keep on turning them endlessly. Build quality is excellent, The motors are fairly quiet and move very quickly. Overall a very nice device, particularly because of the motorized sliders and the endless encoders. It is no longer availble and has been replaced by the Platform M.

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    • Features:

      • Motorized
      • 9 Faders
      • 9 Encoders

    Other Midi Controllers

    If you already own a different controller than one of controllers above, you can use LrControl in generic mode. It does require a bit of work to setup though.

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Get a Controller

Find a compatible controller online

Start Using LrControl

Once you have installed LrControl and you have plugged in a compatible controller, it's ready to use.

Functions for Sliders and Buttons

LrControl lets you quickly set over 100 parameters from the Develop module. And there are also 120 functions that can be assigned to buttons.

Customize LrControl

All supported controllers are fully pre-configured, but can be customized with ease. You can get started quickly and change controller functions to suit your needs later. You can view your current controller functions any time, on a custom generated reference page.

LrControl Guide

What customers are saying about LrControl

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Available for Mac and Windows and Lightroom 6 or CC and newer

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The Story about this Plug-in

As an enthusiast photographer, I have been using Lightroom since version 2. I am also an amateur musician and I have some MIDI devices. So I thought it would be cool to control Lightroom with a MIDI-controller. I experimented a bit and found I could make a plug-in for Lightroom that makes this possible.

So I started developing the plug-in. And I searched and found some controllers more suitable for use with Lightroom than a big MIDI keyboard. From these I selected the best ones and these are shown here on this page.

Of course, ever since I started developing this plug-in, I always use the controllers when developing my photo's in Lightroom. And it is a lot of fun doing it this way. And not only that, I also think it makes it easier and faster. You don't have to move a tiny slider in Lightroom, you can just grab a real slider or knob.

And now you can start using a controller with Lightroom too!

LrControl is great value

The supported controllers have a low price per slider/knob. The controllers all have at least 8 knobs and most have 8 sliders as well.

Try Out LrControl

You can try out LrControl before buying it. Every time you startup Lightroom you can try LrControl for free for about 10 minutes. It will then ask you to register every time you operate the controller. There is no fixed trial period and LrControl does not save hidden stuff on your computer to see if you have used a trial before.

Of course, you do need to have a controller, but most online shops allow you to return products if you do not like them. So you can send back your controller and get your money back.

LrControl Requirements

LrControl is available for Mac OS X and Windows. It works with Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6 and newer. You also need compatible controller hardware, in other words, one of the controllers shown on this page.

LrControl works with any version of Windows or Mac OS X where Lightroom runs. Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.8 or newer is recommended.

Price

The current price for a LrControl license is €49. The license allows you to work with any supported controller. License codes are platform specific, but you can request a free additional code for the other platform.

Updates are always free for at least one year after the purchase date.