Controllers for LrControl and PrControl

LrControl and PrContol work with almost any MIDI controller. But if you choose one of the controllers below, the plug-ins can recognize them automatically and you will get a few benefits from that.

Plug and Play

For these controllers, you get a preset configuration so that you can get started quickly. For other controllers, you have to start with assigning functions to controls before you can use them. Pre-configured controllers can be changed easily to suit your workflow.

Beter Integration

Many of the controllers below have custom programming in the plug-in to optimize their functioning.

Custom Reference

The plug-ins can generate a reference showing the controller functions for every controller. For the controllers below, the plug-in knows what controls are available and how they are positioned, the reference can thus match the physical layout of the controller.

For unknown controllers, you get a simple list of MIDI messages and the functions that are assigned to them.

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  • Behringer X-TOUCH MINI

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

    • Features:

      • Small
      • Synchronises
      • 8 Encoders
      • LED collars

  • Behringer X-Touch and Extender

    Identical in functionality to the Mackie MCU PRO, but more affordable. The build-in display shows the current functions of the encoders and faders. And the faders are high resolution, so you can set Lightroom paramaters accurately.

    This device is a great option for a dedicated studio setup. You can add the extender for even more controls. It is also possible to use the extender by itself.

    • Features:

      • Channel-strip Display
      • Motorized
      • 8 Encoders
      • 9 High Resolution Faders
      • 100 Buttons

  • 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.

    • Features:

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


  • 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.

    • Features:

      • Stylish Design
      • Motorized
      • 9 Faders
      • 16 Encoders
      • 2 Port USB Hub
  • Mackie MCU Pro and Extender

    This is a very large and robust console. Build from steel and top quality components. It is very expensive and large, but very comfortable to use. The build-in display shows the current functions of the encoders and faders. And the faders are high resolution, so you can set your paramaters accurately.

    The extender does not have USB, it connects to the MCU Pro with MIDI cables. if you want to use it by itself, you need a MIDI interface.

    While the build quality is excellent, these controllers have a weakness, the backlight of the display lasts only a few years, when it starts getting dim, you can replace the backlight or you can upgrade the display to a better one.

    • Features:

      • Channel-strip Display
      • Motorized
      • 8 Encoders
      • 9 High Resolution Faders
      • 100 Buttons

  • 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.

    • Features:

      • Small
      • 8 Faders
      • 8 Knobs
      • Affordable



  • 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.

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

    • Features:

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

  • 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.

    • Features:

      • Portable
      • Synchronises
      • 16 Encoders
      • Color LEDs


  • Novation Launchpad Mini MK2

    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.

    • Features:

      • 80 Buttons
      • Red and Green LEDs

Out of Production:

These controllers are no longer produced, but you may be able to find them used.

  • 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 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.

    • 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.

    • Features:

      • Good Value
      • 32 Encoders
      • Synchronises
  • iCON iControls PRO

    This controller has 9 motorized sliders and 10 endless encoders. The large motorized sliders automatically move to the current 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 available and has been replaced by the Platform M.

    • Features:

      • Motorized
      • 9 Faders
      • 9 Encoders

Control types

MIDI controllers come with a variety of different controls. To help you choose the best controller, here follows a short description of the different types.

Buttons

Buttons generally trigger a command when you press them. Some buttons also have a light so they can show that the corresponding function is on. For example buttons can show that a channel is selected, or record enabled.

Sliders

Sliders are used to set the value of a parameter. Normal sliders can distinguish 128 different positions. This is good enough for most parameters.

High resolution sliders

Some sliders are high-resolution, they are more precise, because they can detect much smaller movements. The total amount of steps varies, but is roughly 800 to 1000.

Motorised sliders

Some sliders can move to a new position when needed. This is very useful, because they can move to the correct position for the parameter that is assigned to them. When you select a different clip, the sliders move to the values for that clip, so you can then make adjustments as needed. Without motorised sliders, they stay where you have left them. So when you start moving a slider, the corresponding parameter is set directly to this value. So you can still set the value just as accurately, but you cannot easily make small adjustments.

Motorised sliders are nice, but expensive and also quite large.

Knobs

Knobs are turned to set parameter values. There are many different kinds of knobs. The most useful ones can be rotated in either direction without a stop.

Relative

These knobs report how much they are turned left or right. The advantage is that they have an unlimited range, while you can still set the parameter accurately.

Absolute with endless rotation

These send their position and they can also receive a position, so they have the same advantages as motorised sliders, but they are faster, smaller and not as expensive.

Knobs with LED collars

Some knobs have a collar of small LEDs around them. This is used to display the current value.

Limited rotation

These can only be turned a limited amount, usually about half a turn left or right. These are found on some relatively low cost controllers, like the KORG nano KONTROL 2 and the AKAI MidiMix.