AZ Controller plug-in for Cakewalk SONAR => Tutorials => Topic started by: azslow3 on December 18, 2014, 07:10:43 PM

Title: Using AZ Controller Internal Display
Post by: azslow3 on December 18, 2014, 07:10:43 PM
Starting from v0.2r5, AZ Controller has "Internal Display".

There are situations when you know what parameter is going to be changed once you use some  control on your Hardware Control Surface. For example, "Play" button normally should initiate "Play" in SONAR, "Master fader" should control the output volume.

But some controls can have many different function, especially when assigned to ACT parameters or the target is "modification keys" dependent (for example, "Shift"+R1 controls "Pan" while R1 controls "Volume"). In that case it can be handy to show somewhere "what is what". ACT MIDI plug-in does that inside its Property Page, some controllers have hardware display.

In this tutorial I will explain how to configure AZC internal display to show one parameter. The same strategy can be scaled up to any number of parameters, for example as an addition to my "ACT MIDI explained".

As the basis, I will take the preset from Quick Start (,9.0.html). I also assume you know a bit more about AZ Controller, from the Manual or/and from "ACT MIDI explained". Load the "Quick start" preset (or recreated it) and save the preset as "Quick start + Display".

First we configure the display. Go to the "Options" Tab and in the "Display" section select:

Change to the Logic Tab. You should have the actions for Rotor 1 there ("Track Volume" and "Direct Linear", in case you have not changed that).
"Once" is not the final speed for these monitors. We just do not want they are working till we finish the configuration.

Change to the Feedback Tab. Here we are going to define what to do once the "Parameter name"/"Parameter value" is changed.  Select "Rotor 1 : : Parameter Value Monitor". And:
Change back to the Logic Tab. Select "Parameter Value Monitor" Action and change "Once" to "Ultra". You should see the Volume of your first track displayed.

Now change to the Feedback Tab again and select "Rotor 1 : : Parameter Name Monitor". Then:
Change back to the Logic Tab. Select "Parameter Name Monitor" Action and change "Once" to "Fast". You should see the "Volume" displayed (the name of the parameter).

Try change the volume inside SONAR or my turning your control, you should see the changes in the display.

But to get the idea what is going on, let us change the configuration a bit:
Now, select different track in sonar. You should see current track name and its Volume value in the Display.

How that works:
For each "Monitor" Action, the plug-in periodically ("Fast" means ~6 times per second, "Ultra" ~12) does the following: