Jurmix

Updated 26-11-2020

Jurmix is the name for the Lemur-template I developed and use for controlling Cubase (v11) on iPads in my studio.

With Jurmix I am able able to build a mix much easier, access and controll plugins faster and more acurate, edit audio and midi, automate mixes, and A-B my mixes with reference sources.

I’ve been working on this project for a long time , before that I tried Touchosc but this turned out to be to limited for my use. Liine (Lemur) is an open community, with a great forum, where everybody is very helpfull. Also thanks to this I ended up where I am now.
Cubase has a lot of features, but regretably also lots of restrictions. An example is the “generic remote” the heart of remotecotrol in Cubase, lots of (new) functions are missing, plugin control is actually impossible by the way it is implemented. In short there were also some hurdles to take.

Tech info;
Jurmix works by using two Mackie control emulations, and a number of “generic remote” pages, including some 14 bits (NRPN, more accurate than normal midi) pages for EQ and faders. For midi-distribution I use Loopmidi. By using Bome midi translator (in the background) I am able to control Windows functions and Foobar. With Autohotkey some other things are taken care of. Winsize2 runs in the background to manage plugin and editor windows so that they always open at the same spot on screen, even when the Cubase project file is created in another studio.

Because of this it’s not like using an ordinairy Mackiecontrol: plugin windows open and close automatically when selecting another channel and/or can be operated and in focus with one push of a button, Cubase windows are automaticly set for you: select EQ and the mixer in Cubase will also show the eq of all channels or the selected channel, for example. Less mouse clicks, and immediate control over things, instead of ending up thinking “what was it that I wanted to do” by the time you have everything set on the screen.

Anyone who uses a hardware Mackiecontrol (MCU) knows: there is one annoying drawback; use the mouse on the computer to select a channel outside the “scope” of the MCU, and you will find yourself searching on the MCU where this channel is located. Not with the Jurmix; the search function finds the selected channel super fast (10msec per 8 channels search).

It is possible to use multiple iPads with Lemur/Jurmix. At the moment I’m using four iPads at every mixposition, two as a mixer positioned above the computer keyboard, and two more on the left side for other things. All iPads are running the same software, so you are free to select what you “see” on each unit. You could create a 32 channel mixer on two or four iPads, but I’m happy with 16 big faders on two iPads, especially since Cubase now has great visability presetes and commands, so it’s easy to show a selection of your channels.

iPad pic Jurmix 32 channels Dual Ipad

A summary of the “features” of Jurmix:
Jurmix roughly consists of an “outer ring” with shortcuts to popups for commonly used functions, and inside pages with the following functions:
A “ 16 channel mixer ” section, where you control faders, panning, sends on faders and cue sends of 16 channels simultaneously, the “channel name display” is also the “channel select” button. There is a solo state (SIP / PFL / AFL) button here, and using a menu you can select to control solo and mute, rec enable and talkback, automation, VSTi’s, Media, presets etc.
The “selected channel” section has one “overview-page”, and “10 aditional pages” to control inserts, the strip, eq parameters, sends, quickcontrols, instruments, masterfx and the mastersection.
In the “outer ring” there are buttons and menu’s for: extended transport and click control, inspector, meter, mixer, workspaces, zoom, extended controlroom, an edit-page, and a marker menu.

Some examples:

Solo state selector: SIP/AFL/PFL using Cubase’s controlroom feature.
Select “Solo in place, PFL of AFL mode” with just one button.
Jurmix reflects this setting on channel solo switches.
button SOLO in PLACE
button SOLO PFL
button SOLO AFL
Lemur/Cubase users; free download of this feature at: Cubase 7 Solo/Listen button

“open with plugins”
Button open With plugins
Auto-open and -close plugins by channel selection.

“plugin auto edit”
buttons Plugin auto edit
Auto-open and -close plugins while using insert-parameter control on Jurmix.

EQ type selector
button EQ TYPE menu
Choose EQ-type for each band by a menue.

“auto-edit:”
buttons autoedit
Auto-open and -close the channel-editor and Cubase mixer racks, or the channel editor while choosing MCU mixer functions.

“zoom to track”
button ZOOM to track
Always have the selected channel in focus and expanded, does NOT scroll offscreen like when using the Cubase equivalent….

A/B button and Foobar control
button FOOBAR CONTROL
Superfast switching between Cubase and Foobar, for comparing your mix using reference-tracks in Foobar.

Mixer presets
button MIXER scripts
Works by using scripts, like ‘show only audio, groups, fx-returns”,and more.

RME totalmix control
buttons CONTROLroom
Extended Controlroom section for controlling and selecting all connected speakers and headsets in RME-totalmix, my soundcard (big thanks to “softcore”, user on the Liine forum for helping me out on this one).

The red-framed “zoom” buttons
button ZOOM
change into a “touch-strip” on touch, with these you can “zoom” in the arangement and mixer, below the mixer on the left and right side (at the timecode display) there are touch points for quick “channel scroll”.

Windows Control page (starting programs’s and opening and closing folders) is possible with the help of Bome midi translator.