THE PROJECT

WHAT YOU NEED

SOFTWARE

Capture One
I guess you already own a Capture One license so this is not included in the calculation.

Bome MIDI Translator Pro € 59,- (incl. VAT)
This is the software that will translate midi values to keystrokes (this is the ‘trick’).
The ‘Classic’ version will probably work too.

Total of the additional investment: +/- € 150,- (incl. VAT)

Maybe you’re able to purchase a second hand controller, this might save you some money?
There are several other (free) tools out there that are able to translate MIDI values to keystrokes, of course you can try these too, my best experience so far is with BMT.

SET UP THE PARAMETERS / SHORTCUTS IN CAPTURE ONE

You’re free to create your own shortcuts, alphanumeric combined with [ctrl] [alt] [shift].

Hint: it’s possible to combine the keyboard’s key, for instance [ctrl] [alt] [shift], with the MIDI controller’s sent values. This means you have twice the rotary controls when configured right. (seems like a lot of work though)

SET UP YOUR MIDI CONTROLLER

Most controllers come with this so you should be able to set it up in some way.

The most important thing for rotary controls is that they’re infinite, or ‘relative’.

Relative values give you the opportunity to add or subtract values from any value you’re on
(You don’t want the values of your file changing to the same as the one you’re coming from)

This controller sends ’63’ for counterclockwise and ’65’ for clockwise, or: subtract / add

The pads can also send 128 values, just set them to ‘on’ or ‘off’, this is enough for triggering

SET UP BOME MIDI TRANSLATOR

  1. Set a logical name and (de-)activate controller
  2. Select the MIDI channel as in the controller’s settings
  3. Select the CC# as set in the controller’s settings
  4. Select the value as set in the controller’s settings
  5. Don’t let the MIDI data pass through (optional)
  6. Set the keystroke (keyboard shortcut) as configured in Capture One

LET’S GET STARTED!

THE ARCHIVES

  • Use one of the archives to get started, these contain:
    • Capture One Keyboard Shortcuts
      – Import these into Capture One (save your own first)
      – Windows: place the xml file in: “%USERPROFILE%/AppData/Local/CaptureOne/CustomCommands”
    • Beatstep Template
      – Import using Arturia MIDI Control Center
    • Bome MIDI Translator Pro Template
      – Import in BOME
      – Keep this file loaded and BOME minimized
    • Arturia Beatstep Overlay
      – Get creative with you own setup and label the controller

THE “FLAT VERSION” (WINDOWS)

Use this ARCHIVE (2.2.2)

THE “FLAT VERSION” (MAC.OS)

Use this ARCHIVE (Gebhard_S 1.0.0)

THE “LAYERED VERSION” (WINDOWS)

Use this ARCHIVE > CONTROLLER_ONE_3.2.0_(SHIFT_&_TIMER)

With the “shift” option I have chosen to split the usage of the Beatstep into two:

  1. Shift on: Tagging and selecting
  2. Shift off: Editing

Use the archive listed above to get started, it contains all the files you need to get started. I must emphasize, it may look overwhelming (I won’t recommend it for “starters”).
Once you get the method / logic it opens the door to so many possibilities that your effort will certainly be rewarded!

THE “LAYERED” LAY-OUT AS PROVIDED IN THE FILES

FINAL WORDS

GOOD LUCK

… and let me know if you have any remarks!

I apologize upfront if there are mistakes in the files, I do however use exact these in a working setup but I can’t guarantee them to be 100% 

Feel free to let me know if you missed anything, if you find anything wrong or if you’re having trouble with anything.
Just post a remark below and I’ll try to reply as soon as possible.

Unfortunately I can’t offer too much technical support, I hope you understand.

ADDITIONAL: CUSTOMIZING THE (REAL-WORLD) DESKTOP