After looking at how to quickly move timeline-based projects over to a Live Loops setup and some nice price drops previously, today we are talking about mapping Remix FX to Launchpad. Apple’s GarageBand multi-FX unit gone pro made its debut inside Logic Pro for the first time as part of the flagship app’s major overhaul last year. A particularly useful and creative tool, especially in concert with Live Loops, Remix FX houses a number of multi-touch ready FX units from filters and repeaters to down samplers and interesting tape stops to add some serious flavor to your compositions. But with direct and multi-touch control available via Logic Remote already, and some tricky X/Y pads to deal with, is it really worth the trouble mapping Remix FX to Launchpad?
X/Y multi-touchpad control over a range of built-in FX (2x) ready for any genre, reverse effects, multi-mode filtering, and simple automation recording via Live Loops directly into your composition, Remix FX is not to be overlooked. With such potential in a single FX unit and now that we are attempting total hands-on physical control over our precious Logic Pro suite, mapping Remix FX to our Launchpads seems an obvious path to take. At first.
We previously took a look at how to create custom mappings for your Launchpad grids using Novation Components. It’s a simple and quick way to create custom control surfaces filled with faders and triggers, housed within the “Custom” menu bank on your Launchpad. A seemingly obvious place to start for taking hands-on control over Remix FX, in several attempts to create a complete recreation of the Remix FX unit in a Custom control surface, it just doesn’t seem to be worth the trouble. You can easily create sort of quick keys to various elements housed within Remix FX, and this has been quite useful. But with the X/Y touch controls and seemingly finicky access to every mouse or touch-controllable parameter on the unit, a full-on control surface clone has been thus far out of reach for me. You can create single buttons to turn on the X/Y pads and then a pair of faders to control each access, or even get fancy with the map scaling for an all-in-one fader approach, but accessing both sides of the, say, dual tape stop, reverse, and scratch buttons along with some others has alluded me thus far.