FAQ

Why Lumit?

Lumit provides one of the simplest, coherent and intuitive interfaces around. It may not include EVERY creative feature you get in expensive DAWs, but it gives you what you need to make music; and, in that regard, you never feel limited. It is way more affordable than any of its competitors, making it accessible to a wider public. With VST compatibility, it differentiates itself from other products in the same price range and gives the user access to all the resources they could possibly need. Finally, Lumit is touch screen compatible. This is such a great addition that makes the whole music creation process much more interactive and organic. By getting away from your keyboard and mouse, you feel like you’re making music rather than programming it. In parallel with tablets like the Microsoft Surface, it enables mobility that other DAWs just can’t compete with. ~ Stephane Lo Jacono, Alpha Tester

How can I reduce latency in my project?

Lumit has audio preferences for selecting the size of the buffer it will use for input and playback. Type “p” to open the preferences window or go to options —> preferences.

Here you will find the sliders for buffer size.
A smaller buffer size yields less latency but higher CPU.
A larger buffer size yields more latency but less CPU.
The “Use Recommended Buffer Size” button will set these sliders at calculated optimal buffer sizes based on your current driver setup.

If you cannot resolve your latency issue by changing these settings, consider switching to a higher quality sound card and/or driver.

How can I reduce my CPU usage in Lumit?

There are several actions you could take to improve CPU usage. The first recommended action is to check the status of our “Multi-Core Support” option in preferences. Type “p” to open preferences or go to options —> preferences.

If “Multi-Core Support” is enabled and your CPU issue is not resolved, consider using our freeze tool. The freeze tool will allow you to render channels to new audio tracks or “In Place” so there is not as much processing going on during playback.

If your CPU issue persists, consider using a higher quality soundcard and/or driver and closing any other programs that may be open while you are using Lumit.

How do I add VSTs to Lumit?

First, find the location of the plugin file on your hard drive. Plugin companies usually ask where you want to save the plugin (.dll, .vst, component) in the beginning of their installer. If you’re not sure where it saved to, try searching these locations below… plugins often default to saving in these locations.

PC: search… programfiles and programfiles(x86) in the (C:) drive

Mac: spotlight… /Library –> Audio –> Plug-ins

After you’ve found the plugin location…

  • Open Lumit.
  • Click “p” to open the preferences window or go to options –> preferences.
  • Go to the “VST” tab.
  • Click “Add Directory”.

A browser will appear in which you can tell Lumit where the plugin file is located. Select the folder containing it, and click “Select Folder”. Then click “Ok”.

Click the “Refresh Plugins” button at the top of the file browser to tell Lumit a new directory has been added. It may take a moment to refresh. When it does, you will have the newly added VST available in the VST partition of the file browser for use.

If you are having an issue involving a VST that you cannot resolve with our troubleshooting tools, please email us at support@lumit-audio.com

How do I send MIDI timecode out of Lumit?

Make sure your MIDI output device (USB, software MIDI bridge, or ASIO sound-card with MIDI output) is connected or installed before opening Lumit.

  • Launch Lumit.
  • Create a MIDI track and import, record, or draw-in your MIDI sequence.
  • Open the main mixer by pressing Tab on the keyboard.

Select the MIDI output device from the MIDI Out combo box located on the mixer channel of the corresponding MIDI track and press Play.

The recorded MIDI information and time-code from the MIDI track will be sent to the MIDI Output device.

How do I use USB MIDI controllers with Lumit?

Before opening Lumit, make sure the USB MIDI controllers are plugged into your computer.

The controller’s ID will display in the combo-box located on the MIDI tracks.

If the MIDI controller is a piano keyboard, select it from this combo box, load a VST instrument on to the track, and start playing.

Please reference the MIDI MAPPING chapter in the built-in tutorials to learn how to map MIDI CC articulations to control Lumit and plug-in parameters.

I don't have my VSTs installed on all of my computers. How can I ensure my progress on them won't be lost when transfering the project?

When you open your work on a computer system that does not have the VSTs you were using installed, you will be prompted with a “missing VSTs” dialogue. Here you will have the option to skip missing plugins (load the project without them) or to go into preferences and find them.

If you have to load the project without them, we suggest you back up their settings and automation data in the project that contains them (ie: saving the patch, exporting MIDI, freezing the output to an audio track). Or, save the current project “as” instead.

Is Lumit available for Mac?

Yes indeed!

My trial period has jumped to 0 days. What happened?
There are a few things that may have caused this. Try steps 1 and 2 below. If the issue with your trial period persists, please contact us at support@lumit-audio.com
1) Make sure your computer’s date and time are set appropriately and were not changed since you installed Lumit. For our protection, changing the date and time after installing Lumit will void the trial period.
2) Make sure you are connected to the internet when using the Lumit 30-day trial.
What audio drivers would you recommend?

If you need to use a default Window’s driver, we recommend MME.

If you do not have a commercial ASIO-compatible audio interface, we recommend using ASIO4ALL as an ASIO driver for your PC’s integrated sound-card.

We recommend a commercial ASIO audio driver developed by the manufacturer of your ASIO audio interface.

What is the optimal screen resolution for the Microsoft Surface when using Lumit?
Please change the resolution of Windows to 1366×768 via display settings and the parameters should scale appropriately.
This is the optimal display setting for Lumit on the Surface.
Where are my audio files I am using in my project?

The file for any audio being used in your project can be found loose in the project folder, each with a unique number in its name. Freezing channels to a new track will also add that new file to the folder automatically. It will take the name of the track it was frozen from.

To keep things clean and up-to-date, the loose audio contents in your project folder are overwritten with each “save”. Any loose audio files in the project folder not being used in the project will be deleted in this overwrite process. Please make a sub-folder for your custom samples used in plugins or use our provided “Bounces” folder to contain them.

To access audio in a Lumit folder on Mac, right click it and select Show Package Contents

Note: Lumit will not re-relocate its files if they are moved and renamed. It is best to keep these assets as they are once saved.

Are Lumit customers entitled to updates?

Yes. Lumit customers and free trial users are entitled to maintenance updates until the next whole number version.

For example, if you buy or try Lumit 0.3, you can update to 0.4, 0.5, etc… until Version 1.

How many machines can I activate my Lumit license on?

3.