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SSL's new UF8 Controller with VE Pro &
Last post Tue, Feb 16 2021 by Leif Erikson Sundstrup, 4 replies.
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Posted on Thu, Feb 11 2021 04:57
by Leif Erikson Sundstrup
Joined on Sat, Oct 25 2003, Australia, Posts 93



I would like to know if I can use Solid State Logic's new UF8 Controller (or four chained together) to control Vienna Ensemble Pro 7?

See here: https://www.solidstatelogic.com/products/uf8

I would be using the UF8 either through Pro Tools or Sibelius using VE Pro as a plugin.



Leif Sundstrup
Posted on Sat, Feb 13 2021 01:07
by civilization 3
Joined on Sat, May 16 2009, SF Bay Area, Posts 1749

VE Pro isn't going to care. The question is Pro Tools or Sibelius being able to use it.

MacBook Pro 16,1: 2.3 GHz 8-core i9
64GB 2667MHz DDR4
OSX 10.15.6
VE Pro 7, Cubase Pro 11.0.10
Posted on Sat, Feb 13 2021 13:56
by Macker
Joined on Tue, Aug 21 2018, London, Posts 215

The UF8 appears to be a really superb motorised-fader controller, most especially because of its large and clear graphical readout on each channel. It certainly has me drooling, lol. I'd buy this gorgeous piece of kit in the blink of an eye if I had a thousand to splurge right now.

If you look in the Downloads & Documents tab on SSL's web page for the UF8, you'll find the freely downloadable UF8 User Guide. According to the DAW Communication/DAW Protocols section of that manual, UF8 uses the HUI protocal for working with Pro Tools, and the MCP/MCU protocol for DAWs including Logic, Cubase, Ableton, etc. Then there are detailed tutorials in the manual for working with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, etc. I didn't see any mention of Sibelius (or any notation app), so perhaps contacting SSL will be the best source of info for that case.

I concur with Civilization 3: I think it's typically the case that getting external hardware controller data in and out of the master host DAW is where the big potential comms issues tend to lurk. But once UF8 is well and truly hooked up with the main DAW I wouldn't expect VEP comms to present any serious obstacles. 

It certainly looks like SSL have covered all the main use cases really thoroughly and of course very professionally, as one would expect of them.

Posted on Tue, Feb 16 2021 15:21
by Leif Erikson Sundstrup
Joined on Sat, Oct 25 2003, Australia, Posts 93


I contacted SSL about using the UF8 to control VE Pro and they said not at the moment but they are working on the feature! This will be so Cool.

Thanks all.


Leif Sundstrup
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