Adobe LightRoom and
The Behringer X-Touch Compact ...
A big beautiful control surface which makes LR sing!
There are now quite a number of RAW software tools, increasing daily. Some are good, some are crappy; some are cheap or even free, some are pricey, some are (wake me up when it's finished increasing the exposure) mind-numbingly slooooooow! Hard to believe, but some of these RAW developing software packages are almost as bas as Windows.
But ultimately you get what you pay for - as a matter of routine I tend to free-trial them all and then inevitably and usually quickly and dismissively bring CleanMyMac into the picture to delete them.
You can usually get a 30-day trial of such products. I've been a LightRoom fan for donkey's years. It's smooth, sleek and fast. Though, like probably three quarters of the world, I detest Adobe's subscription plan, where you merely rent the software for a monthly or annual fee. Oh well, some things are sent to try us. You may have read about how I set up Capture One to work very nicely with a Loupedeck control surface, via the intermediary of Bome MIDI Translator Pro. That combination works under the hood via MIDI messages and keystroke translation. LightRoom can be fully controlled from a control surface, but works differently - not via keyboard shortcuts but via an SDK interface using the Lua programming language. A clever piece of software called LRControl from (Peltmade
) provides the interface between the hardware and LightRoom.
So this article is all about LR with LRControl using (in my case) a Behringer X-Touch Compact. LRControl can use just about any MIDI console.
This is a Behringer X-Touch Compact:
And this is my X-Touch, all programmed, labelled, and ready to fly:
If you've read my Capture One with Loupedeck essay you'll appreciate the quite complex and rather longwinded processes required to get it all working. I'm very happy to report that LR and X-Touch is a much easier process.
So, the shopping list:
→ A copy of Adobe Lightroom Classic - this doesn't work with LightRoom CC
→ A MIDI control surface, variously known as a mixing desk or MIDI controller. Usually used with digital audio software, but equally valid for the current purpose.
→ A copy of Peltmade LRControl, links etc above
→ Controller overlays, ie, the white plastic labellable things which you see in the picture of my X-Touch. No idea where or how to get them, and I don't really know what they're called - mine came with the device, purchased used from eBay.
→ Sticky labels to go on the overlays. Avery L4731REV are what I used and are the perfect size
→ Patience and a clear mind for when you're deciding which control does what
So if you're ready, let's get down to details
Just a few housekeeping notes:
This is all written from the points of view of Apple OSX and the Behringer X-Touch Compact and Peltmade LRControl and Adobe LightRoom Classic.
I cannot even begin to comment upon how much of this is relevant to that godawful comedy act called Windows. (Author faints briefly).