AudioSwift 2 with macOS Mojave

AudioSwift 2 works with recent macOS update.

With the last week release of macOS 10.14 Mojave, I got a couple of questions from users about compatibility with AudioSwift 2. The current version 2.0.0 is compatible, but because of some security changes included in Mojave a lot of apps like AudioSwift 2 won’t open right away, so there are some extra steps to set it up.

You’ll need to give access to AudioSwift 2 at the security section of macOS. Go to System Preferences/Security & Privacy/Privacy tab and follow the steps from this video:

This updated video also shows some other ways of turning AudioSwift on by using the shift key, and when working with two trackpads or a trackpad plus a mouse. Maybe you could include these options in your workflow.

What About Dark Mode?

I still need to update AudioSwift’s code to be fully compatible with the new Dark Mode in Mojave. However, in the current version only the Preferences and Trackpad windows will not be in Dark Mode. The Console window can be changed between a light or dark theme by going to AudioSwift Preferences, General tab and clicking Select Console Theme.

Feedback and Reviews

I’ll appreciate any feedback you can give me about how are you using AudioSwift 2 in your workflow, which controller modes are used most often, and what would you like to see in the future. Remember you can also use AudioSwift with Adobe Lightroom if you’re into photography. You can leave your comments or reviews at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or at KVR.

Best regards,

Nigel Rios
Developer of AudioSwift

AudioSwift 2 — Control, Improve and Create With Your Trackpad

What is AudioSwift?

AudioSwift for macOS is an app that lets you use a trackpad as a MIDI controller.

Designed for music producers and photographers, with AudioSwift you can control virtual instruments in your digital audio workstation or edit photos faster in Adobe Lightroom, all by just using simple touch gestures over the trackpad.

Here is how it works — call AudioSwift by using a four or five fingers tap. A console window appears on screen taking control of the mouse pointer and keyboard. Start touching the trackpad to control a parameter and when you finish, hit the escape key to turn AudioSwift off.

Five Controller Modes


AudioSwift comes in five controller modes depending on what you want to control:

  • Slider — divides the trackpad into 4 virtual sliders that send either CC or Pitch Bend MIDI messages.
  • XY — control many parameters at the same time using one, two or three fingers.
  • Mixer — designed to speed up your mixing workflow. Control two faders at the same time, panning, sends, use the trackpad as a jog wheel, and write automation.
  • Trigger — tap your fingers over the trackpad to make beats or launch audio clips.
  • Scale — play notes in a selected key.

Switch between controllers easily by just pressing keyboard shortcuts, or by using the Touch Bar in compatible Macbooks. Trackpads with Force Touch support can be used to send after touch MIDI messages, also known as channel pressure.

What’s new in Version 2?

AudioSwift in Adobe Lightroom

  • New Slider Mode with 12 configurable virtual sliders.
  • New XY Mode design with 5 views and 30 configurable controllers.
  • It now works with Adobe Lightroom using a third party open source plugin.
  • Adds Pitch Bend with relative center position (0 pitch bend).
  • Adds new Regular Format for CC messages.
  • Adds default CC values and automatic return to default after a finger is released.
  • Adds labels for Slider and XY modes.
  • AudioSwift’s console can now be turned on temporarily with a tap plus the shift key.
  • When working with two trackpads or a trackpad with a mouse, AudioSwift can now be turned on automatically by just touching the trackpad’s surface.

Launch Details


  • Requires macOS 10.11.6 or newer.
  • A Macbook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro with built in multitouch trackpad, or any Mac with a Magic Trackpad 1 or 2.
  • Force Touch support requires a compatible trackpad.
  • Touch Bar support requires macOS 10.12.2 or newer.
  • For Lightroom, it requires macOS 10.12+, Lightroom 6+ Classic CC, and the plugin MIDI2LR installed. See its requirements.
  • Mixer Mode currently supported in Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Cubase, Studio One and Reaper.
  • Trigger, Scale, XY, and Slider modes work with all DAWs just like any MIDI controller.

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