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Kontrol Master User Guide

Kontrol Master User Guide

1.Introduction

 

Thank you for purchasing the Kontrol Master. This controller provides a realistic feeling and control of real hardware with an ergonomic and comfortable sensation. Equipped with a high resolution optical encoder, the Kontrol Master’s knob lets you handle any vertical, horizontal and circular virtual control by simply hovering your mouse and then turning the knob. The buttons on the front of unit allow you to fire a combination up to 24 different kind of actions (keystrokes, shortcut keys, MIDI events and more).

In order to enjoy long and trouble-free use, please read this guide carefully without skipping ahead in order to use the Kontrol Master correctly.

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2.Precautions

Using the unit in the following locations or conditions can result in a malfunction and or degradation of the product.

• In direct sunlight.
• Locations of extreme temperature or humidity.
• Excessively dusty or dirty locations.
• Do not connect the unit to a bad quality or dubious origin USB HUB.
• To avoid breakage, do not apply excessive force to the buttons or knob, do not hit the device.
• If you plan to transport the unit, protect it properly.
• Do not operate the Kontrol Master with metallic objects in your hands or fingers in order to prevent scratches.
• Never set any container with liquid in it near this equipment.
• Care of the exterior if it becomes dirty, wipe it with a clean dry cloth.
Do not use liquid cleaners such as benzene or thinner, or cleaning compounds or flammable polishes.

Any of these situations could result in the loss of the product warranty.

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3.Install the software

In order to start operating the Kontrol Master, you need to download and install the software. This process is very fast and simple, we provide the installers for MS Windows, Apple OS X and Ubuntu (Kontrol Master software may or may not work in other Linux distributions, we offer support only for Ubuntu).

If you have purchased the unit from a local or online retailer, the download page will request you to enter the serial number of your unit and create your user account before downloading.

If you have purchased the Kontrol Master directly from our website you are not required to use the serial number to download the KM software. Simply login to your user account and download the software.

Proceed to download the software.

After the download and completing the installation process, please open the software and plug the provided USB cable in to the unit, the software indicates a proper communication with the Kontrol Master  hardware unit showing the setup panel, see below.

 

Under Windows OS, you can open the software with a click on Kontrol Master icon on the desktop or you can open the software from the system tray.

KM TRAY

 

Under Apple OS X, you can open the software with a click on the icon of Kontrol Master on the menu bar.

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Under Ubuntu OS , you can open the software with a click on the icon of Kontrol Master on the top menu bar.

 

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4.Software Interface

The Kontrol Master’s user interface is a very simple and easy to use program. From this interface you will be able of change all parameters of the device including custom programming of the buttons.

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1- Hide the software interface.
2- Access to custom programmable buttons and also see how the buttons are currently  programmed.
3- Adjust the sensitivity of the knob.
4- Adjust the sensitivity of the knob on the fly when SHIFT 1 is pressed.
5- MIDI port name, used for communicate Kontrol Master with software to be controlled trough MIDI protocol.

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5.Operating your unit

It is now time to start operating your Kontrol Master!
The main purpose of this controller is to achieve a comfortable and high precision handling of virtual objects in a software user interface. For instance, any modern DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is a clear example of a software user interface populated with virtual controls like knobs, sliders, bars, switches and more.

In the below video you can see how one takes control of the virtual objects in a DAW software, handling transport with the buttons and also with the Knob, save automation curves in a easy way with no MIDI mapping!
In this short video demo we use Propellerheads Reason 9, but the same behavior applies to any DAW or any other software like video editing and graphic design.

 

 

 

Knowing your device and the factory programming of  the buttons.

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1 Knob, 2 to 11 programmable buttons, 12 USB port.

Knob control.
The Knob on the device allows to you to control different objects. The procedure is very simple, just hover the mouse pointer over the object to be controlled , select with the white buttons on KM (button 2, 3 & 4)  if object you want control  is vertical, circular or horizontal, then turn the knob. When finished, release the knob and move the mouse to any other object you need control and repeat the procedure.
In the below video you can see an example using Ableton Live DAW software, moving vertical,  circular and horizontal objects. These actions are performed with no MIDI map!

 

 


Programmable Buttons

Kontrol Master provides 10 buttons. All the buttons can be programmed to execute or fire custom actions like:
• Send keystroke (single keyboard key press).
• Send Hotkeys/ Shortcut Keys.
• Send MIDI CC events.
• Move your mouse through multi monitors setup.
• Act as SHIFT, Kontrol Master provides 2 assignable shifts, using this feature you can reach a combination up to 24 different actions.
• Indicate to the device if the object you want to control with the knob is, horizontal, circular or vertical.

The device comes from the factory with pre-programmed buttons actions, we start describe the default programming.

Left white button.
HORIZONTAL, this action is used to indicate to the Kontrol Master the object you want control with the knob is a horizontal object, like horizontal slider, switch, slide bar, etc.

Center white button.
CIRCULAR, this action is used to indicate to the Kontrol Master the object you want control with the knob is a circular object, like a knob, dial,  jog wheel, etc.

Right white button.
VERTICAL, this action is used to indicate to the Kontrol Master the object you want control with the knob is a vertical object, like a slider, switch, slide bar, etc.

Red button.
This  button comes from the factory programmed with Shortcut Keys, “SHIFT + 1”.

Blue button.
This  button comes from the factory programmed with Shortcut Keys, “SHIFT + 2”.

Green button.
This button comes from the factory programmed with Shortcut Keys, “SHIFT + 3”.

Left and right yelow buttons.
These buttons come from factory as SHIFT 1 and SHIFT 2 and they provide the ability to fire different actions from a single button, as an example, pressing the red button sends Shortcut Keys “SHIFT + 1”.
If you press SHIFT 1 + RED BUTTON,  then the unit sends the Shortcut Keys “SHIFT + 4”
If you press SHIFT 2  + RED BUTTON,  then the unit sends the Shortcut Keys “CTRL + z”
See figure below.

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Left and right orange buttons.
These buttons handle the “frame relative” mouse transport feature in a multiple monitor work environment. This feature allows you to quickly move your mouse through multiple monitors without the hassle of dragging your mouse and losing it in the process. If you press the orange left button the mouse pointer jumps to your left monitor of your setup, if you press the right orange button, the mouse jumps to right monitor of your multi display setup.
If you work in a single monitor environment, you can reprogram these buttons to perform any other action.

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6.Programmation of buttons

Throughout this guide we make several mentions about the useful abilities to custom program the buttons. Before you start you need to know the programmable buttons on the software interface are divided in 3 sections and this applies to all buttons in the software interface, see image below.

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1- The main action section, the text label shown is the action the button performs when pressed.
2- The SHIFT 1 section, shows the action being performed when SHIFT 1 is pressed.
3- The SHIFT 2 section, shows the action being performed when SHIFT 2 is pressed.

In the next video we custom program the left orange button to perform the following actions:

Main action “CONTROL KEY + Q”.
SHIFT 1 action as  “SHIFT + 8”.
SHIFT 2 action as MIDI event.

 

NOTE: Buttons programmed as SHIFT, solely act as SHIFT, no other action can be performed by these buttons.

 

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7.MIDI setup

In some cases sending MIDI can represent a benefit over sending keystrokes from the Kontrol Master buttons.
The device sends fixed MIDI CC values, not requiring special value assignments.
The Kontrol Master system provides virtual MIDI ports to connect with any software support MIDI.

Under MAC OS X, the MIDI port name is  “KONTROL MASTER”.
Under MS Windows the port name is “MIDI FROM EMULATOR”.

Please refer to the manual of the software to be controlled in order to setup MIDI properly.

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8.Ableton - special adendum

Ableton Live DAW provides a feature named AbsoluteMouseMode, this feature resets the mouse position in circular objects like knobs, but is solely available in the Ableton user interface.
All VST’s are hosted by the app. If you want to disable this feature in order to achieve major consistency with the usage and operation of Kontrol Master, please open the below link and read how to create and where to locate the file Options.txt.
The file needs to contain inside this line of text:       -AbsoluteMouseMode

Learn more about Ableton Options.txt

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9.Troubleshooting

My computer not recognize my Kontrol Master unit.
APPLE users with only USB-C, ensure the hub/adapter used is really trustable good quality USB-C to USB device adapter.

Ensure you have connected the unit to a USB on the computer and  also the rear USB connector on the Kontrol Master is properly plugged, try switch to another USB port.
If you are using a USB extension wire, remove the extension and connect the unit directly to your computer.
If you use windows 7,  need install drivers, more info at the end of this chapter.


I connected the unit to a USB HUB, and unit not work.

In case you need connect Kontrol Master to a USB  HUB, ensure the HUB is external powered device, otherwise KM  might or not work properly.

The audio form my sound card drop or generate audio glitches.
Kontrol Master communicate  with your computer at very low rate data stream trough USB, is near to impossible the device generate troubles in your audio device.
Anyway is a god practice connect only your sound card on a single dedicated USB port.

When I press buttons mapped with keystrokes, not have response on the application I want control.
Ensure your app is selected (on focus),  Kontrol Master send keystrokes to app is selected.
If you are working with multiple apps, and your apps support MIDI, then you can use MIDI if this issue is a problem for your workflow.

If expereince any kind of trouble do no try open your unit, that action end with your product warranty.
Feel free to contact to our support team, trough our support ticket system

 

Install Windows 7 Drivers:

Step 1:  Download, click here

Step 2:  Open the Device Manager
From here, the most straightforward way to install the driver is thro   ugh the Device Manager. To get to the Device Manager, click the Start button, then open the Control Panel. In the Control Panel, click System and Maintenance, and then open the Device Manager

In the Device Manager, expand the ‘Other devices’ tree, where you should find a ‘USB IO Board’ with a yellow warning sign over its icon. Right-click the ‘USB IO Board’ and select Update Driver Software….

 

This should spawn an ‘Update Driver Software – USB IO Board’ window.

Step 3:  Finding the Driver

In the first window that pops up, click ‘Browse my computer for driver software’. On the next window, click ‘Browse…’ to search for the driver you just downloaded. It should be a folder named ‘km-drivers-w7’, in a subdirectory. After you’ve selected the ‘driver’ folder, click OK, then select Next.

 

Windows will attempt to do its driver install thing, but not before complaining about the driver being unsigned. It’s safe to select ‘Install this driver software anyway’ on the warning dialog.After watching the progress bar beam by a few times, you should get a happy ‘Windows has successfully updated your driver software’ window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10.Ghangelog


Version 1.6  –  17-March-2017
-Improvements in shortcut keys emulation.

Version 1.5  –  1-March-2017
– New behaviour allows change DAW or VST controls without having to release the knob.

Version 1.4  –  21-Feb-2017
– Fixes issue that prevents Knob from controlling some VSTs and DAWs under macOS
– Fixes problem with letter ‘a’ on macOS
– Fixes issue that may reverse the order of the shortcut (e.g.: ALT + Y as Y + ALT)
– Set a default mapping after installation
– Adds launch on startup as an option
– Runs with admin privileges on Windows (mode required under some Windows setups)

Version 1.3  –  2-Feb-2017
– Fixes the Knob Arrow Keys functionality

– Improved self-update system
– Improved mapping system storage
– Performance and Stability improvements.

– Customers with usernames that contain spaces may experience issues with the self-update system.

Version 1.0 to 1.2
Internal non public changes.

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