In this article we will familiarize you with the Lemur app and get it up and running on your machine. If you are already familiar with Lemur, you can skip this and go straight to Installing MK Products.
What is Lemur?
Lemur is an app for iOS/Android that allows you to design your own touchscreen controller for your music equipment. Use buttons and sliders and switches (and more!) to design useful layouts to enhance your productivity, and interact with your equipment in new ways.
Lemur can talk to pretty much any modern digital music equipment because it transmits standard MIDI messages. Use Lemur to control recording software (DAWs), synths, orchestral sample libraries, live music equipment, mixing consoles, digital instruments, and more! Lemur also supports Open Sound Control (OSC).
The Lemur Editor
Lemur comes with the Lemur Editor for macOS/Windows which makes it easy to create custom layouts with a simple drag and drop interface.
But what makes Lemur uniquely powerful is its deep scripting capabilities. With a little coding, you can create sophisticated controllers that can do almost anything– even custom drawing and animations!
- On your mobile device, purchase the Lemur app on the App Store/Google Play.
- Next, go to https://www.midikinetics.com and download the Lemur Installer for your Mac/PC. This will install the Lemur Editor.
Lemur communicates using MIDI messages, so you will need some way to connect MIDI from your mobile device to your computer. Lemur can connect to 8 MIDI devices simultaneously. There are a number of popular solutions for connecting MIDI to mobile devices, both wired and wireless:
Using the Lemur Editor
Lemur Editor File Types
Lemur projects are just text files with one of two file extensions: .jzml, or .jzlib.
- .jzml files represent entire Lemur projects. To open a .jzml file, simply double-click and it will open in the Lemur Editor.
- .jzlib files represent Lemur submodules. They can be exported and imported to existing .jzml projects. To import a .jzlib file, right click anywhere in the Lemur Editor window and select Import.
Transferring Lemur Editor projects to/from Lemur app:
Once you’ve created a controller you like, you can transfer it wirelessly to the Lemur app.
- In the Lemur Editor, click the Connections Triangle at the top right and select your mobile device from the list.
- Choose Connect to transfer from the Editor to the app.
- Choose Download to transfer from the app to the Editor.
If you don’t see your mobile device in the list of available devices, make sure your PC and your mobile device are on the same network, and that the Lemur app is currently running on your mobile device.
While working in the Editor, emulate touches by holding the E key on your computer keyboard while you click.
Making MIDI Connections with Lemur Targets
Often you will want to group related controls onto the same MIDI connection. Use Lemur Targets to define a group. There are 8 Targets, numbered 0-7.
To connect a Target to MIDI:
- Launch Lemur on your mobile device.
- Tap the cog-wheel icon at the top-right corner, and go to More Settings…
- Connect MIDI inputs under the From column.
- Connect MIDI outputs under the To column.
You now have everything you need to get started with Lemur. Once you’ve got Lemur up and running, move on to Installing MK Products.