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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!



GratuiTous runs a FL Studio training platform, and has taught beatmaking with FL Studio since 2011! He was an electrician for 10 years in Canada, and loves learning best practices of beatmaking! Learn about GratuiTous. ๐Ÿ‘‰
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