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An Introduction to Novation's Automap Control Software

Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, industrial engineer, mother of two, and published sci-fi and horror author.

What Is Automap?

Automap is probably the original maker of music software control technology; its first software version came out in 2006. Automap is a software application that comes with all Novation controllers, including, but not limited to, Novation’s Nocturn. The software gives you immediate access to your digital audio workstation or DAW.

You can use Automap to assign your hardware controls to a variety of software parameters. For example, most MIDI controllers cannot control plug-ins, and it is hard to assign controls with the default software that comes with most DAW systems. Automap makes it easier to assign a plug-in to a particular knob and see what is controlling various parts of your music software.

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What Is the Latest Version of Automap Control Software?

Automap 4 is the latest version of Novation's Automap Control Software. It was launched in conjunction with the Impulse controller keyboard range in 2011. If you have a Novation Automap controller, you can upgrade to version 4 for free.

Why Would You Want to Upgrade to Automap Version 4?

Automap control software version 4 is easier to set up than earlier versions. It lets you enable knobs, buttons and faders and turn them into controls for nearly any DAW function. However, the best reason to upgrade is the streamlined workflow. You’ll instantly be able to control plugged-in instruments, mixers, and FX. Turn your Nocturn into a de facto MIDI controller with Automap. Automap can even grab a list of all the functional parameters of connected hardware and give you the ability to map them to the control panel so you can adjust them at will.

Automap 4 has an edit page that shows you the entire control surface. You can immediately see what button is controlling what item, and you can alter the settings quickly and easily via the “learn” function. Automap 4 allows you to access mixer and transport controls. You can even assign buttons, faders and knobs to the MIDI continuous control numbers. All you have to do is type them in. Automap 4 has a notification system that pops up an informational notice to tell you what you’re controlling when you twist a knob or move a slider.

You’ll probably need to upgrade your Automap Control software in order to keep up with the latest iPhone and iPod Touch models. All Novation controllers and keyboards released since the summer of 2011 are compatible with Automap 4.

There’s a fair chance you’ll need to upgrade your version of Automap to keep up with the latest versions of Sonar, Logic, Reason, Cubase, Ableton Live and other software.

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How Can You Upgrade Your Version of Automap?

There are a number of ways to upgrade Novation's Automap Control Software. The best way is to visit the Novation website and download a legitimate version of the latest version of Automap. Save it to your computer or smartphone. You could then copy the files to a USB device and plug that into the USB port on your DAW or MIDI controller. If you have the necessary plugs, you could connect your computer to the controller and transfer the software through the connection.

Note that Automap 4 requires Novation hardware controllers to have the company’s drivers already installed on the device for Automap 4 to work.

Once you have the software installation or upgrade started, the installation wizard will pop up, guiding you through the installation process.

© 2018 Tamara Wilhite


Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on December 21, 2018:

Great information, Tamara. Thanks.

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