Resolume 6 – Mapping multiple buttons to a single effect

So it would appear that my exploration of Resolume 6 and the Akai APC40 (mkII) is continuing, and I find myself documenting this on here (I’m getting older and my memory ain’t what it used to be #sarcasm).  Previously whilst using Arena 4 and 5 I used to set a minimum of eight colourise effects and map their respective bypass buttons to the numbers 1 to 8 respectively.  The downside of this was that each button had to manually toggled off again lest a horrible multi coloured blackout would occur.

It’s not a very elegant solution and there is probably an alternative method to do this.  Unfortunately however, you could not map multiple controls to a single Resolume mapping point.

This I’m pleased to say has been given a massive overhaul in 6 and it’s already resulted in my removing of seven of the eight colourisation effects I used to rack up in my compositions.

Whilst there is fair amount of chatter online at the moment regarding Resolume’s APC40 colour code output I’ve not seen anything referring to just how deep the rabbit hole really can go.

So here it is, another quick and dirty tutorial for the APC40 and Resolume.


How to map a single video effect over multiple buttons.

Colours mapped in order [Red – Green – Blue – Cyan – Magenta – Yellow – Key(White) – OFF]

The first big change in 6 is clearly the colour picker, and the great news here is the palette on all the colour pickers is completely MIDI and OSC mappable.

Firstly I’m going to map a single MIDI controller to the ‘Opacity’ of the effect you want to control.  In this example I want the first seven of my colours to not only change a colour but I also want the effect fully on.  When you’ve selected the first mapping, it’s a case of simply right clicking the resulting mapping entry and duplicating it eight times.

With each duplication, you will see an error in the mapping shown as a red value to the right of the copied map.  Simply press the second controller key you want to map and it will then reflect the change.

Repeat this until you have mapped the opacity to the eight MIDI controls.  As I am setting a colour to the first seven buttons and I want the ability to turn off the colourisation via an eighth I originally tried to map the bypass to the effect.  This cause issues with the toggling of the effect so I changed my mind and decided to specify a zero value on the opacity of the effect.

I achieved this by simply changing the range of the opacity as shown in the above image.  All previous mappings had the range set to their default values.

Once the opacity had been mapped I then started to choose the actual colour I wanted for each button press.  Simply selecting the relevant colour from the palette picker on the effect.

*NOTE* One thing to note regarding the colour picker is it’s ability to change and swap from the default colours.  Simply select the colour of your choice from the complete colour palette underneath the quick pick and then right click on the quick palette you wish to change [but I digress].








Coming back to the mapping side of things and we now repeat the actions MIDI control by MIDI control, although this time it’s setting one of the colours from the pallet in order (RGBCMYK/OFF).

There is no need to duplicate these mappings as we have done on the opacity as we are choosing each colour and setting the control each time.  For the eighth MIDI control you can choose any colour at all as it’s actual opacity is set to zero (we set this earlier in the post).

That’s pretty much it in a nutshell.  Once you turn off the mapping mode you should find that we can now toggle between all colourisation and not have to turn off the previous one prior to choosing the new one.  Just remember to hit your set button to zero the effects opacity to revert back to full colour.

This same process is also used when setting up the colourisation effect on an active layer mapping. The only difference is that the actual mapping should show “Selected layer” for all effects. It’s obviously different from the easier method we were used to in Resolume 4 & 5, and seriously worth spending a day or two looking into this new method of mapping as it does open the possibility of setting up a macro type scenario for future video effects.

Anyway, enough rambling.  If you’ve found this of any use / assistance at all.  Great!  Hope it’s helped.







  1. kirin wrote:

    Maybe you can record video tutorials

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