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Is Mackie MCU protocol freely usable for DIY controllers?
Old 25th September 2019
  #1
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Is Mackie MCU protocol freely usable for DIY controllers?

Hey everybody,

I'm thinking about building / developing a MCU-based hardware controller for plugins. Does anybody know whether there's common knowledge about how MCU works in detail ?
And: Would it be "legal" at all to use the MCU protocol for own products without being licensed by Mackie ?

Thanks for any insight on this issue.
Old 25th September 2019
  #2
Gear Maniac
Old thread but this may help...

https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=101328
Old 25th September 2019
  #3
Gear Nut
 
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Thanks dpsbb for the link. I've read this one already - but since this information is more than 7 years old I was just wondering whether anybody had some new(er) insights....I mean there are so many DIY projects out there now with Arduino & RasPi, so maybe somebody could add something from experience in similar projects....?
Old 26th September 2019
  #4
Gear Addict
 

Hello

MCU is 100% midi... it's not a "protocol" strictly speaking, but just a nomenclature of what control do what. I don't see any legal reason you can't build a midi controller that send the proper data to match MCU function list !

Best
Zam
Old 9th October 2019
  #5
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Look at www.ucapps.de they have a system to make all sorts of controllers. It might save you a lot of headscratching
Old 10th October 2019
  #6
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Thanks rob!

Good recource that I didn't know yet....!
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