Set Up the Mackie Control Universal in FL Studio (MCU)

Set Up the Mackie Control Universal in FL Studio (MCU)

Wondering how to set up your Mackie Control Universal to FL Studio?

Well, this video explains how to do that, regarding the MIDI VERSION.

Make sure to watch the video for the full run-down.

Here’s a quick explanation with pictures too, if you’d like:

There’s two simple points to take into account:

  • Use 2 MIDI Cables
  • Set the ports at 102 in FL Studio

First, you’ll want to plug all the cables into your Mackie Control and Audio interface. Also note, you don’t need an audio interface for this, there are MIDI devices out there, I just like the idea of having the MIDI connections on my audio interface for an all-in-one piece of hardware on my desk.

Mackie Control  - Logic Control (6)

When you plug in the cables, they go to the opposite input/output.

To make your connections easy, start from the audio interface and work your way to the Mackie Control Universal.


  1. Enter cable into Audio interface’s MIDI OUT to the Mackie Control’s MIDI IN.
  2. Repeat Step 1 –>Enter cable from the Mackie Control’s MIDI OUT to the Audio Interface’s MIDI IN.

It’s as simple as that for the connections!

Port 102 for Mackie Control in FL Studio

Now turn on your Mackie Control Universal, and watch those motorized faders do their work! (That never gets old to watch, always fun to get hands-on mixing!)

Open up FL Studio and head to Options in the top left menus. Select MIDI Settings.

Mackie Control - FL Studio 11 MIDI Settings

These are my settings I use to make it work!

Start from the top of the MIDI Settings window, and work your way down.

This part is CRUCIAL! – Make sure to select Port 102 for both OUTPUT and INPUT in these FL Studio settings!

Click on your Audio Interface/MIDI Device. Click the check box beside Send master sync to make it yellow. And beside it you will see Port. Dial in 102.

Click on your Audio Interface/MIDI Device. Click the checkbox beside Enable to make it yellow. Beside that, you will see Controller type. Select Mackie Control Universal. And finally, you will again see Port. Dial in 102 !

Mackie Control Universal in FL Studio

And that’s it!

Make sure your Mackie Control Universal is switched on. Open up the Mixer, and as you move your Mackie Control faders, watch them move inside FL Studio!

If you have any questions, just comment below!

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GratuiTous is a Christian music producer striving to perfect his skills as a beatmaker, mixer, and mastering engineer. His articles strive to keep things simple, yet touch on the topic complex enough to have a decent understanding. He also releases FL Studio email series!

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  1. Martin Bell

    Hey G,
    I have the same unit as you with the same set up. The FL studio faders move and they do also on my MCU but when i push a fader on the MCU it all goes crazy (opens song save, saves mixer file 1-105 and turns on various lights on the MCU) There is no scribble strip readout EVER on the display , it always has Mackie Control on it all the time…any ideas how to get it to work?
    I see you are using V.1.2 and I have V2.1.2 and I have 64 bit windows 7


    • GratuiTous

      What’s up man!

      Sorry, it’s been awhile since I’ve used the MCU, I have it in storage ??

      I know there’s two modes you can put the MCU in..

      That’s all I can think of at the moment. Hope it helps somewhat!

      • Martin Bell

        Sorry Mate,
        I know you are probably busy, but are you talking about at start up of the MCU controller when you can select anyone of 3 modes MCU/HUI/LOGIC ?
        I have it on MCU

        • GratuiTous

          Ya, that’s what I’m talking about!

          I know that can have an influence on how it works.. I also know for the Pro Tools mode (I think not sure if it was MCU or HUI), you needed to buy a separate chip..

          I’m not sure the setting I had it on.. it could of been logic? (Don’t quote me!)

          Do you have your ports set up? – Are you using the USB version or the MIDI cable version?

        • Martin Bell

          yeah I have the midi version like yours…I have to admit…I have not tried it in Logic mode…you think that’s what you had yours set on?

  2. jasson

    en fl studio 11 se pueden utilizar extensores? por ejemplo los extender de mackie control. gracias

    Comment translated to English: In fl studio 11 can extenders be used? For example the extended mackie control. Thank you

  3. dj karnage

    i have the same mackie controller and i been trying to hook it up with fl studio 10 for some reason it dont link to fl if you can let me know how to hook it up or what im doing wrong thanks

    • GratuiTous

      In the video I give a run-down!

  4. Ryan Helman

    There are number of free buttons on the mcu pro with Fllstudio.
    Can you add system commands to them, or just the link to controller and tweaking?


    • GratuiTous

      What kind of system commands you thinking? (Like save, copy, paste?)


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