- Use any MIDI hardware with knobs to control any plugin
- Heads-Up Display keeps you oriented with knob mappings
- Transport controls put session playback at your fingertips
Mulligan is an app that enables you to use real knobs to adjust any plugin in Pro Tools™. No special hardware is required – if you’ve got a MIDI box with eight knobs, you’re good to go.
As experienced engineers know, hands-on control makes for a faster and more intuitive workflow. Don’t be limited to controlling your plugins one click at a time with a mouse or trackpad. Mulligan helps you grab ahold of your mix in the way that only hardware can provide.
How Does It Work?
Mulligan is a standalone desktop application that acts as a translator between your MIDI controller and Pro Tools. MIDI sent by your hardware controller is interpreted by Mulligan's mapping engine into MIDI that Pro Tools will respond to. Pro Tools sees Mulligan as a MIDI Controller peripheral. Mulligan itself is not a plugin, and it does not depend on a plugin wrapper of any kind – it works with all plugins just as they are.
We have some suggestions for MIDI controllers here if you're curious, but anything with eight knobs will work.
Fast & Flexible Mapping
Connecting your MIDI hardware to Mulligan is fast and easy. With our exclusive Map All Knobs button, it takes just one mouse click, and one spin of a knob, for Mulligan to register the bank of eight knobs that you’ll be using for plugin control.
Then in Pro Tools, after selecting Mulligan as a MIDI controller, you will now have access to Plug-In Map controls at the top of each plugin window (this is a “hidden” feature in Pro Tools, that will be new to most users). Using these controls, mapping your eight knobs to plugin parameters is completely customizable – so while each plugin starts with a default mapping, you’re not stuck with it.
Mulligan also allows you to assign different buttons to cover plugin navigation and transport control functions. You are free to assign as few or as many of these buttons as you find useful.
For plugin control, the most important of these buttons are Previous Parameter Page and Next Parameter Page. If a plugin has more than eight mapped parameters, these two buttons will switch through multiple “pages” of eight parameters each. This allows you to map as many plugin parameters as you would like, and access them all with your bank of eight knobs.
To help you remember which knobs are mapped to which plugin parameters, Mulligan provides a handy Heads-Up Display (HUD) window. When enabled, the HUD automatically pops up at the bottom of the screen to display the current plugin’s eight mapped parameters.
You didn’t get into engineering just to stare at a screen and click a mouse. Mulligan lets you break through the interface barrier and start playing your plugins like the artist you are. So stop clicking, and start mixing...with Mulligan.
A Brief Demonstration
- Why is Mulligan only for macOS?
- Why isn’t the Learn button in the Pro Tools plugin window responding?
- Which MIDI controllers work with Mulligan?
- Can I use more than 8 knobs with Mulligan?
- I'm trying to make a custom plugin map in Pro Tools, but when I click on a plugin control, nothing happens. What do I do?
- I mapped a knob, but now it either stutters in place, or jumps between minimum and maximum, when I try to turn it?
Reviews & Testimonials
Mulligan is for macOS only, version 10.9 Mavericks and higher.
Mulligan communicates exclusively with Pro Tools (any version). While you could technically run Mulligan in the absence of Pro Tools, that would be kind of silly.
There is not a Windows version available at this time.