Two devices actually: The “Panel” and The “Minimal.” What is very interesting is that these two are based on, respectively, a Behringer BCF-2000 and a X-Touch Mini: Two MIDI controllers build by Behringer, a german-based manufacturer of music studio gear. I was interested by the bundle Minimal PFixer software. Provided by Behringer, it is required to edit the internal MIDI mapping of the device.
The price point is quite aggressive—compared to the competition mentioned above—at 0. There is a nice 14-day trial that I’m currently using. Plot twist: PFixer works only on Mac OS while X-Touch Editor is Windows only.
Before, using my mouse and the on-screen sliders, I was kind of bored having to go to one rarely used slider or another because scrolling and things.
Sometimes I tried to get away with using a combination of other sliders I use more. I’ve surprised myself opening a picture, looking at it for 5 seconds and boom, I turned sliders—even two at the same time—clicked buttons super quick, and that was it. It’s the same feeling as adjusting your camera while looking in the viewfinder.
The encoders should be set to “absolute” 0–127, LED ring to single. I mapped all the buttons and sliders of my units using CC (not notes) that do not overlap. The device is updated about three times a second with Lightroom values. PFixer provides access to a lot of Lightroom functions but not everything unfortunately.
I don’t know why but in this update packet, the CC58 (that I’ve had affected to Saturation) received a value of “13”. With a correctly mapped MIDI device this part is very easy. Even if I wanted to use the same mapping, I would have had to do it from scratch because the mapping I’ve done in X-Touch Editor is probably not the same as the one on the Minimal. I would not blame Pusher Labs for that, because what they achieved is basically witchcraft.
I could probably just end my review here, but there are a few more things that bear mentioning: It requires some thinking in order to achieve a perfect mapping.
This mapping would probably differ from one photographer to another.
Except for the setting/mapping issues, I’m not disappointed not having the nice slick sticker overlay from Pusher Labs.
For example, I skipped all culling function since I don’t use Lightroom for culling.
I’m not entirely sure it allows for a faster editing. But it allows me to go very very deep in the editing.