LrControl for Lightroom
Get more creative control and efficiency by using a controller with Lightroom.
Lightroom specific controller solutions are expensive or have limited functionality. MIDI controllers for music production offer very good value, but cannot be used with Lightroom without additional software. LrControl bridges the gap between MIDI and Lightroom.
Enjoy the tactile feedback from a controller and get more accurate and faster control while developing your photos in Lightroom. The increased productivity helps you get the job done in less time.
LrControl is easy to get started with. If you choose one of the directly supported controllers, it is plug and play. You only have to install the plug-in and plug-in the USB cable of the controller.
For Lightroom 6 or Lightroom Classic CC
Free trial included, LrControl works in trial mode for a limited time each time you start Lightroom. Need to try longer? A 7-day trial license is available on request.
For controllers with displays, the build-in displays are used to automatically display the current function of controls and to display meta-data.
The device display works on the Mackie MCU PRO, Mackie MCU XT PRO, Behringer X-Touch and Behringer X-Touch Extender. The display should also work with other controllers that support MC-mode.
Here you see an overview of all the controllers LrControl supports. Each controller also has it's own page with more details. There you will find what each control on the controller does when you use it. There are also links to online vendors to help you order the controller you want.
You can also connect multiple controllers and use them simultaneously.
MC-mode Compatible: Besides the controllers shown on this page, LrControl also has support for MC-mode. If you have a controller that has MC-mode, you only have to select it on the controller and in the LrControl setup.
KORG nanoKONTROL 2
Very affordable and compact, this stylish controller comes in black and white and has 8 sliders and 8 knobs for controlling Lightroom develop parameters. The small form-factor makes it easy to fit on your desk. The controls feel very smooth and comfortable. Build quality is good, certainly if you consider the price.Learn More
This is a very large and robust console. Build from steel and top quality components. It is very expensive and large, but very comfortable to use. The build-in display shows the current functions of the encoders and faders. And the faders are high resolution, so you can set your paramaters accurately.Learn More
Identical in functionality to the Mackie MCU PRO, but much more affordable. The build-in display shows the current functions of the encoders and faders. And the faders are high resolution, so you can set Lightroom paramaters accurately.
This device is a great option for a dedicated Lightroom studio setup. You can add the extender for even more controls. It is also possible to use only the extender.Learn More
Behringer X-TOUCH MINI
Compact controller with rotary encoders with led collars. The led collars show the current value of the Lightroom parameter for that encoder. And the device synchronises with Lightroom.Learn More
Controller with 32 knobs and 9 sliders. This is a very rugged and solid controller. The sliders and knobs need a little bit more effort to move than the Korg and the knobs are a bit on the short side. The 32 knobs are a nice match to the 32 parameters of the color mixer in Lightroom.
It has a send-all button, which sends the current values of all the knobs and settings.Learn More
iCON Platform-M (+)
This controller has 9 motorized sliders and 9 endless encoders. The motorized sliders on the Platform-M have about 900 different levels instead of only 128 like other controllers. The endless encoders are rotating knobs that turn in small steps and are great for accurately making small adjustments. They do not have an end stop, you can keep on turning them endlessly.
Build quality is excellent, The motors are quiet and move very quickly. Overall a very nice controller and relatively compact. Recommended.Learn More
Behringer X-Touch Compact
Large and comfortable control desk with 9 motorized faders and 16 encoders with LED collars and 39 buttons. All 16 encoders can be pressed as a button as well.
The encoders have LED collars that show the current value, these are great for making fine adjustments. It is more expensive than the BCF2000 and a little bit larger, but very nice to use. It also has a build-in USB hub. Recommended.Learn More
DJ Tech Tools Midi Fighter Twister
This is a very compact and well build controller. And it has color LEDs, so every encoder can get its own color. In LrControl this is used with the color-mixer parameters. The encoders are labelled with the color they control. All encoders can be pressed as a button and it has six extra buttons, 3 on each side.
This device is a great option for on the go, it's very portable and weighs about 590g, including cable.Learn More
Novation Launchpad Mini MK2
This controller has a lot of buttons. And LrControl now has functions to change develop parameters with buttons. You can use buttons to increase or decrease develop parameters. Or you can choose a fixed value to assign. Of course you can also make a button apply a preset.
The buttons on this device are very different from keyboard buttons. They are a bit rubbery and almost silent. They appear to be of good quality.Learn More
Large and comfortable control desk with 8 motorized faders, 8 encoders with LED collars and 30 buttons. The large motorized faders automatically move to the current Lightroom develop values and allow precise control. The encoders have LED collars that show the current value, these are great for making fine adjustments. Overall a very nice device, though it is quite big.Learn More
Large and comfortable control desk with 32 encoders with LED collars and 30 buttons. Very good value for money. The encoders have LED collars that show the current value, these are great for making fine adjustments. Overall a very nice device, though it is quite big.Learn More
iCON iControls PRO
This controller has 9 motorized sliders and 10 endless encoders. The large motorized sliders automatically move to the current Lightroom develop values and allow precise control. The endless encoders are rotating knobs that turn in small steps and are great for accurately making small adjustments. They do not have an end stop, you can keep on turning them endlessly. Build quality is excellent, The motors are fairly quiet and move very quickly. Overall a very nice device, particularly because of the motorized sliders and the endless encoders. It is no longer available and has been replaced by the Platform M.Learn More
Other Midi Controllers
If you already own a different controller than one of controllers above, you can use LrControl in generic mode. It does require a bit of work to setup though.Learn More
Out of Production:
These controllers are no longer produced, but you may be able to find them used.
Start Using LrControl
Once you have installed LrControl and you have plugged in a compatible controller, it's ready to use.
Functions for Sliders and Buttons
LrControl lets you quickly set over 100 parameters from the Develop module. And there are also 120 functions that can be assigned to buttons.
All supported controllers are fully pre-configured, but can be customized with ease. You can get started quickly and change controller functions to suit your needs later. You can view your current controller functions any time, on a custom generated reference page.LrControl Guide
What customers are saying about LrControl
Last night I spent some time getting familiar with the software & controller. All I can say is you have created wonderful software, it's better than expected.
Works like a charm! I'm hooked! Seriously! I love the ergonomics of real knobs and sliders. I can use my pen and tablet for retouching only. Less strain for my hands an wrists. Plus I lean back more when using the controller. Mucho relaxing!
Hi Boudewijn, we've tested the new software and I think the improvements are very very good!
Thank you for creating this!
Been using your plug-in for 2 months now and it's great! Really makes editing a breeze.
Hello and thanks a lot for your LrControl plugin. It's amazing.
I'm already spreading the word among local photographers that your software, combined with even a simple MIDI controller, is the best thing to happen to Lightroom workflow since... ever.
Thanks a lot for making the LrControl Plugin available - great piece of software that I'm happy to pay for.
The Story about this Plug-in
As an enthusiast photographer, I have been using Lightroom since version 2. I am also an amateur musician and I have some MIDI devices. So I thought it would be cool to control Lightroom with a MIDI-controller. I experimented a bit and found I could make a plug-in for Lightroom that makes this possible.
So I started developing the plug-in. And I searched and found some controllers more suitable for use with Lightroom than a big MIDI keyboard. From these I selected the best ones and these are shown here on this page.
Of course, ever since I started developing this plug-in, I always use the controllers when developing my photo's in Lightroom. And it is a lot of fun doing it this way. And not only that, I also think it makes it easier and faster. You don't have to move a tiny slider in Lightroom, you can just grab a real slider or knob.
And now you can start using a controller with Lightroom too!
LrControl is great value
The supported controllers have a low price per slider/knob. The controllers all have at least 8 knobs and most have 8 sliders as well.
Try Out LrControl
You can try out LrControl before buying it. Every time you startup Lightroom you can try LrControl for free for about 10 minutes. It will then ask you to register every time you operate the controller. There is no fixed trial period and LrControl does not save hidden stuff on your computer to see if you have used a trial before.
Of course, you do need to have a controller, but most online shops allow you to return products if you do not like them. So you can send back your controller and get your money back.
LrControl is available for Mac OS X and Windows. It works with Lightroom Classic CC or Lightroom 6. It also works with older versions of Lightroom Classic CC. LrControl does not work with Lightroom 5 and it does not work with the 2017 cloud based Lightroom CC.
You also need compatible controller hardware, in other words, one of the controllers shown on this page.
LrControl works with any version of Windows or Mac OS X where Lightroom runs. Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.8 or newer is recommended.
The current price for a LrControl license is €49. The license allows you to work with any supported controller. License codes are platform specific, but you can request a free additional code for the other platform.
Updates are always free for at least one year after the purchase date.