This paper describes a control surface to application protocol that addresses the problem of raising user interface efficiency in increasingly complex software applications. Compared with existing MIDI based protocols, this protocol was designed to have enough bandwidth, high control resolution, and wide variety of controls to provide software application users with the rich and efficient experience offered by modern large format mixing consoles. Recognizing that today’s audio engineer uses many different applications, it is able to simultaneously control multiple applications running on one or more computers from a single control surface. To give users the widest possible choice of applications, object-oriented design was utilized to promote ease of adoption by software developers.
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