If you are interested in using Tracktion to make your own light scapes,
this tutorial will give you a head start in setting up a project.
How to get a eLSD Tracktion Project going:
- Install free version of Tracktion 4 from
- Register with Mackie to get your free version activated (unlocked)
- Import project
"eLSD - example 1 - mono.trkarch" from archive file.
How to get the MIDI goggles to work:
- make sure, goggles are plugged in before starting Tracktion.
- red LED should be flashing, green LED should be ON continuously.
- go to "settings" tab -> "MIDI I/O" and set the MIDI goggles to "default MIDI output"
... NOTE: the goggles should show up as "MIDI Goggles" or as "USB Audio Device"
- open "eLSD Frequ - Col - phase - random - res" Edit (double click)
- if not done yet, click on "input section" of each track and
- then set "Destination Output" to "Default MIDI output" (each track !)
- save your example project ...
- make sure all tracks are "un-muted" and then hit the play button to activate the eLSD.
This is the theory and it has been shown to work for us.
Any problems, give us a yell.
How to get the "control editor" to work:
- goto "options" and enable "Auto show MIDI editor toolbar"
- hover over a track and "double click" the red bar at the top, to expand the track
- now, when hovering over this track, the "MIDI editor toolbar" should pop up
- turn ON "Control" (top left) and click on "Type" (left middle) to select "Pitchwheel"
... (this will select Pitchwheel for all tracks)
- the Pitchwheel control data should now be visible.
- use the "pencil tool" (or other) to draw new control data ...
... if you "zoom in" you can draw "higher resolution" control values.
- double click other track (red bar at the top) to make (pitchwheel) control data visible.
How to change MIDI channel:
- click on the the red bar at the top of the track
- in the "clip window" (bottom) you can change Name, channel, length of track and so forth
'hope this helps
Any problems, give us a yell
Once you have mastered this BASIC tutorial,
... then you are ready for STEP 2 and a more advanced scenario:
- Import project
"eLSD - example 2 - chaos.trkarch" from archive file
... and OFF with the "Training Wheels"
- This example is making use of the BRIGHTNESS control, Goggle RESET, and a few other things
- it also has a Audio File added to the project just to show how easy this is.
- The Audio File is actually a MIDI Theremin recording ...
- after importing, you might have to assign the MIDI "Destination Output" again.
- There is definitely more "eLSD" happening here !