- Why does this need an explanation?
In the Stream Deck editor you can define icon(s) for your buttons and in most cases that method is sufficient. In the Mackie Control action, this is the method used when you create buttons that act as Mackie Control switches (Play, Solo etc). As long as static images should be displayed this method works without problems.
When it comes to faders and V-pots the Mackie Control action can create dynamic images that give a graphic view of the fader or V-pot position and state. In these cases the plugin creates the images by layering state images upon a background image and displays the resulting image on the button. Unfortunately the Stream Deck software does not give the plugin any information about which image that is selected for the button in the editor, and if you select any image in the editor that image will be displayed no matter what the plugin does.
So...in order for the plugin to be able to dynamically create and display images all the image information must be defined directly in the plugin, not in the ordinary icon selection in the editor.
- Faders and V-pots
Mackie Control faders and V-pots work very differently.
- A fader is very detailed and will send a value between 0 and 16.386 depending on position.
- A V-pot have 11 LEDs that can be lit in various patterns depending on which function you are controlling. A V-pot sends turn speed rather than position.
- Fader images for vertical or horizontal bars
As mentioned above the background image must be selected in the plugin, not in the editors icon selection. Just click Select file... and locate the file you want to have as background image on the button. (if no image is selected, a simple white backgound is used)
Whenever fader state changes - either by pressing the Stream Deck button or by moving the fader in the daw - a new image will be created and a vertical or horizontal bar representing the current fader position will be painted upon the background image and displayed on the button.
- Fader images for your own mixer-like faders
Please see the Fader image files page for details on mixer-like fader images.
- V-pot images
For the pre-defined patterns Ring and Horizontal bar you only need to select the background image to use. Just click Select file... and locate the file you want to have as background image on the button. (if no image is selected, a simple white backgound is used)
Whenever V-pot state changes - either by pressing the Stream Deck button or by moving the target parameter in the daw - a new image will be created and state images will be layered upon the background image and displayed on the button.
State images are stored in folders and if you want some other design you can create your own state images. To select the folder for your own state images you must select a file (any file) in that folder. Unfortunately there is no "Select folder" dialog available in Stream Deck so we must use the "Select File" dialog. The folder containing the file you select will be used as state image folder.
Please see the V-pot image files page for details on custom V-pot images.