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Table of Contents

 


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Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Quick Start

Chapter 3: Using Skillet with Pro Tools

Chapter 4: Skillet as a MIDI controller

Chapter 5: In Depth

Chapter 6: Settings

Chapter 7: Troubleshooting

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Table of Contents

 


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Chapter 1

Introduction                 

Welcome to Skillet.  Skillet is a flexible 

controller designed for use with Avid Pro 

Tools, and as a MIDI controller for other audio 

software.

Skillet’s dual three-axis joysticks can be used for 

surround panning mono and stereo elements, 

and as customizable plugin automation 

controllers, allowing you to perform your 

plugins however you like.

Skillet Features

The major features of Skillet include:

• Two touch-sensitive 3-axis joysticks.

• Two touch-sensitive motorized faders with 

accompanying rotary knobs and solo/mute 

buttons.

• 2.8” Touchscreen display for user preferences 

and transport buttons.

• Optional footswitch for Touch Lockout 

control.

• 12 multi-purpose highly tactile buttons, 8 of 

which include LED lighting for feedback.

System Requirements

Skillet can be used with any Avid Pro Tools 

version which supports the Command 8 

protocol. This currently covers Pro Tools 9, 10, 

and 11.  Skillet may also be used as a generic 

MIDI device in any software capable of MIDI 

Learn.

Schapiro Audio can only assure compatibility 

with software and hardware configurations it 

has tested.  

If you are not certain Skillet will work with 

your system, visit www.schapiroaudio.

com/compatability for a list of supported 

configurations.

If an Avid ICON is connected to your system, 

the plugin-control functions of Skillet will not 

work. Skillet will still function perfectly well as 

a dual surround panner with an ICON attached. 

This is an issue with the Pro Tools software, and 

not something that can be overcome unless Avid 

changes their software.

Skillet requires no extra drivers to be installed. 

Pro Tools does not support more than one 

Skillet at a time. Use of a Skillet alongside a 

Command|8 console is not supported, but 

should work. However only the first device in 

the MIDI Peripherals settings menu will have 

plugin control access. 

 


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What’s in the box?

Included in the packaging you will find:

• Skillet

• Power adapter

• USB cable with Ferrite core

• Footswitch

• This manual

• Four slottable Skillet feet for raising the angle 

at which Skillet sits on your desk

• 8 rubber non-slip pads

• “Perform your plugins” placard

 


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Pro Tools Setup

Launch Pro Tools, then select “Peripherals...” 

from the Setup menu.  Select the ‘MIDI 

Peripherals’ tab in the Peripherals window.

Skillet is recognized as a Command8 device, 

and two Surround Panner devices.

Setup should look like this:

Slot #1 should have a type of “Command 8”, and 

uses Skillet Port 1 to receive and send.

Slots #2 and #3 should both have types of 

“Surround Panner” and use Skillet Ports 2 and 3 

respectively.

On Windows, Ports 2 and 3 of Skillet 

may appear as ‘MIDIIN2(Skillet)’ and 

‘MIDIIN3(Skillet).’ This is normal.

After closing the Peripherals window, you 

should see a number of things happen.  The 

top 8 audio tracks in Pro Tools will be given a 

blue border, and Skillet’s two motorized faders 

should jump to match the fader position on the 

two topmost audio tracks.

Although 8 tracks are 

highlighted in Pro Tools, 

Skillet only addresses the 

first two of those tracks.

You can use Skillet’s ‘Bank’ 

and ‘Nudge’ buttons to 

focus the faders on different 

tracks.

Chapter 2

Quick Start            

To begin, if you would like to use one of the 

slottable Skillet feet that are included, slot it 

into the bottom of Skillet now.  Attach the USB 

cable to your computer. Next, attach the power 

adapter, footswitch, and then the included USB 

cable to Skillet.

When you first start up your Skillet, you will 

be greeted by a one-time setup page on the 

touchscreen. Choose from “Pro Tools” or 

MIDI” modes.

If you are setting up Skillet as a generic MIDI 

controller, continue to Chapter 4. If you are 

setting Skillet up for use with Avid Pro Tools, 

read on.

 


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Once selected, you will see the output outlined 

in white:

A white outline around an output means that 

more than one ‘controller’ is focused on that 

fader. In the case of Skillet, this means both 

joysticks are controlling the tracks output.

For a mono track, this means that either joystick 

can be used to pan the track.  For a stereo track, 

pressing the ‘Right Pan’ button on one joystick 

will cause that joystick to control the panning of 

the right channel, and the other will control the 

left channel.

To change the focused track, use the ‘Up’ or 

‘Down’ buttons on Skillet, or click another 

track’s fader icon.  Skillet is smart enough that 

if a joystick is linked to the right channel of a 

stereo track, it will always stay linked to the 

right channel. If you move to a mono track, 

the ‘right panned’ joystick will still control that 

track, but upon moving back to a stereo track 

that joystick will re-align to the right channel.

Plugin Control

Each Skillet joystick can be in either Surround 

Pan mode, or ‘Skillet Mode’ where it can be 

linked to arbitrary plugin controls.  Joysticks 

cannot be independently linked to different 

plugins, only one plugin may be addressed at a 

time using one or both joysticks.

To control a plugin, 

select the plugin in 

the ‘Inserts’ list on 

a track, and it will 

highlight in blue:

Chapter 3

Using Skillet with 

Pro Tools                

Surround Panning

To select a track to be panned, you may use 

either the ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ buttons on Skillet, 

or click on the small fader icon in a Pro Tools 

track:

 


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Next, you should notice a new zone in the 

toolbar above your plugin:

Click the ‘Learn’ button, which will turn 

red

.

You’ll also notice that the two rotary knobs on 

Skillet will be given a

 red

 underlighting. This 

signifies that Skillet’s two faders are now in 

plugin-focus mode. In plugin-focus mode, the 

faders no longer control track volumes, and 

instead are mappable to plugin parameters. 

The joysticks do not automatically drop into 

plugin-focus mode. Each joystick may be 

independently swapped into plugin-focus mode 

by pressing their respective ‘Skillet’ button, 

which will turn white.

When a plugin is in “Learn” mode, you can 

assign Skillet’s Faders and Joystick axes (if 

they are in plugin mode) to arbitrary plugin 

parameters.

Some plugins may allow you to merely click 

on the parameter’s associated knob in the 

GUI display, however not all plugins have this 

functionality. You can tell if the plugin has this 

ability by clicking on a parameter, and seeing if 

the menu next to the

 red

 Learn button changes 

to reflect the control you’ve selected. 

If so, you can touch one of Skillet’s faders, or 

press one of a joystick’s axis-link buttons, to link 

the control.

Avoid actually touching the joystick while a 

plugin is in learn mode! This can inadvertently 

cause multiple joystick axes to be controlling the 

same parameter, which will cause unexpected 

and erratic behaviour. 

To link plug-ins manually:
• Select the parameter you wish to map to from 

the menu.

• Touch a fader, or press one of a joystick’s axis-

link buttons.
When finished mapping your controls the way 

you like them, press the ‘Learn’ button again 

(it will turn back to dark grey). Skillet can now 

control your plugin.
To unlink a control from a fader or joystick 

axis:
• Press the ‘Learn’ button.

• Instead of selecting a parameter to map to, 

leave the menu set to ‘No Control’

• Touch the fader, or press the Axis link button, 

of the control you wish to unlink.

• Press the ‘Learn’ button again.
To drop Skillet out of plugin mode, press one of 

the rotary knobs. Skillet’s joysticks, if they are in 

plugin mode, will drop back to surround panner 

mode, and the faders will again control track 

volume.

 


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If you’ve previously set Skillet to Pro Tools 

mode, press the yellow up-arrow from the main 

Transport buttons screen, followed by ‘MIDI.’

By default, Skillet in MIDI mode uses CC#’s 9 

through 16 as follows:

CC#   9:  

Left Joystick X Axis

CC# 10:  

Left Joystick Y Axis

CC# 11: 

Left Joystick Z Axis

CC# 12: 

Right Joystick X Axis

CC# 13:  

Right Joystick Y Axis

CC# 14: 

Right Joystick Z Axis

CC# 15: 

Left Fader

CC# 16: 

Right Fader

CC# 41:  

Left Joystick X Axis (LSB)

CC# 42:  

Left Joystick Y Axis (LSB)

CC# 43: 

Left Joystick Z Axis (LSB)

CC# 44: 

Right Joystick X Axis (LSB)

CC# 45:  

Right Joystick Y Axis (LSB)

CC# 46: 

Right Joystick Z Axis (LSB)

CC# 47: 

Left Fader (LSB)

CC# 48: 

Right Fader (LSB)

To change the CC#’s Skillet outputs, press the 

yellow right-arrow from the Transport Buttons 

screen, which will take you to the settings menu.  

From here, you can choose to change the ‘MIDI 

CC Offset.’  This will allow you to move the 

previous list of MIDI controls in banks of 8. IE, 

choosing an Offset of 17, will have Left Joystick 

X Axis be on MIDI CC# 17, Y Axis on #18, and 

so on.

One you move past a CC Offset of 32, Skillet 

drops into Low-Res mode, and the LSB 

information is dropped.

If you’re uncertain what an LSB is, it’s probably 

safest to put Skillet into a Low-Res mode.  

Essentially, MIDI is a 7-bit protocol, which means 

that numbers carried on it as data can have 

values of 0-127. Using two CC#’s, each with a 

value of 0-127, allows us to have 14-bit numbers. 

Though all of Skillet’s controls are 10-bit, that 

extra 3 bits allows for a range of 0-1023, an eight-

fold increase in resolution.

Chapter 4

Skillet as a MIDI 

Controller                                 

As of this writing, Skillet has two modes for 

MIDI control, Low-res (

7-bit

) and High-res (14-

bit).  High-res mode follows the MIDI spec, in 

that any CC# has it’s Least Significant Bit (LSB) 

32 CC#’s ‘above’ the current setting.  Using two 

CC#’s in this way will give you 14-bit resolution.  

However, not all software will recognize that 

this is occuring, and may act erratically. In this 

case, it’s recommended to use the Low-res mode 

for MIDI.

If this is your first time setting up Skillet, press 

the ‘Setup Skillet’ button on the touchscreen, 

followed by ‘MIDI.’

 


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Chapter 5

In Depth                        

Button functions

Many of Skillet’s buttons serve multiple 

functions in Pro Tools mode. The 

Shift

 buttons 

underneath the joysticks will cause a button to 

use it’s secondary function, while a joystick in 

Plugin mode (with the “

Skillet

” button lit) 

will cause a button to use it’s tertiary function. 

The 

Shift

 button is unavailable if it’s respective 

joystick’s “

Skillet

” button is lit.

1: 

[Skillet] 

Pro Tools Mode:

 swaps the associated joystick 

from Panner to Plugin mode.

MIDI mode:

 left side sends note 4 (E -2) on 

when pressed, off when released. Right side 

sends note 14 (D -1) on when pressed, off when 

released.

 


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Down, etc. If the associated joystick is in 

Plugin mode, this button is used for linking the 

joystick’s X axis to a parameter. 

MIDI mode:

 sends a value of the same controller 

as the X axis, for MIDI learn. Do note that in 

Plugin mode the 

Shift 

function is superceded 

by the X-Axis link function and cannot be used.

5: 

Joysticks

Two independent 3-axis, touch sensitive 

joysticks. Note that the touch sensitive areas are 

the areas covered by the rubber grip tape. The 

top of the joysticks is not touch sensitive.

Pro Tools Mode:

 The 

[Skillet]

 button will 

make each joystick swap between acting as a 

Surround Panner (

[Skillet]

 button is unlit), or 

as a customizable plugin controller (

[Skillet]

 

button is lit), allowing for control of 3 plugin 

parameters per joystick. 

MIDI mode:

 sends CC# data as discussed in 

Chapter 4.

6: 

Window / 

Bank Up/Nudge Up

 

Pro Tools Mode:

 In Panner mode, displays or 

hides the associated track’s pop up display. 

If  

Shift

  is held, will Nudge (1 track, left side 

button) or Bank (8 tracks, right side button) the 

two faders up. In Plugin mode, displays or hides 

the plugin’s window. 

MIDI mode:

 left side sends note 6 (F# -2) on 

when pressed, off when released. Right side 

sends note 16 (E -1) on when pressed, off when 

released.

7: 

Right Pan/ 

Bank Down/Nudge Down

Pro Tools Mode:

 In Panner mode, if toggled on 

(flashing), the associated joystick will attach to 

the right-side of a stereo track. Has no effect on 

mono tracks, but can safely be left active - when 

you switch to a stereo track, it will link to the 

right-side again. If 

Shift 

is held, will Bank or 

Nudge tracks down. 

MIDI mode:

 left side sends note 5 (F -2) on 

when pressed, off when released. Right side 

sends note 15 (D# -1) on when pressed, off 

when released.

2: 

Up /

 Left

  / [Y-Axis] 

Pro Tools Mode:

 When the associated joystick 

is in Panner mode, moves the joystick’s focus 

up one track. If  

Shift

  is held, moves focus 

‘left’ and on to a Send, if one is available. If the 

joystick is in Plugin mode, this button is used 

for linking the Y axis to a plugin parameter.

MIDI mode:

 sends a vlue of the same controller 

as the Y axis, for MIDI learn.

3: 

Down/  

Right

 / [Z-Axis] 

Pro Tools Mode:

 When the associated joystick 

is in Panner mode, moves the joystick’s focus 

down one track. If 

Shift

  is held, moves focus 

‘Right’ through the Sends. If the joystick is in 

Plugin mode, this button is used for linking the 

Z axis to a plugin parameter. 

MIDI mode:

 sends a value of the same controller 

as the Z axis, for MIDI learn.

4:  

Shift

 / [X-Axis] 

Pro Tools Mode:

 When the associated joystick 

is in Panner mode, holding 

Shift

 will use a 

button’s subfunction, such as Nudge Up, Nudge 

 


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10: 

Mute

Pro Tools Mode:

 Mutes the associated track, 

unless Skillet is plugin-focused (

red

 rotaries). 

When Skillet is plugin-focused, does nothing. 

MIDI mode:

 left side sends note 7 (G -2) on 

when pressed, off when released. Right side 

sends note 17 (F -1) on when pressed, off when 

released.

11: 

Rotaries

Pro Tools Mode:

 In normal operation, the rotary 

knobs control the stereo/front panning of an 

associated track. Clicking a rotary (they have 

an internal button) will cause that track to be 

selected/deselected. When a joystick is sent 

into Plugin mode, or a plugin’s ‘learn’ button is 

clicked, these will underlight in 

red

 to denote 

that Skillet is plugin-focused. 

MIDI mode:

 these send CC# information as 

offsets - since they rotate continuously, rotating 

clockwise will send a value of 65, and rotating 

counter clockwise will send a value of 63. The 

left rotary button sends note 80 (G# 4) and the 

right rotary button sends note 81 (A4).

8: 

Faders

Two 100mm motorized touch sensitive faders.

Pro Tools Mode:

 If either joystick is in Plugin 

mode, these will become two more plugin 

parameter controllers. If both joysticks are in 

Panner mode, but the rotary knobs (11) are 

underlit with 

red

, the faders are still plugin-

focused. Pressing the rotary in will cause the 

faders to go back to their default state, which 

is as track volume controllers - the first two 

associated tracks with a colored border.  

MIDI mode:

 these send CC# data, and the 

motors can be controlled by sending the same 

CC# data back to Skillet.

9: 

Solo

Pro Tools Mode:

 Solos the associated track, 

unless Skillet is plugin-focused (

red

 rotaries). 

When Skillet is plugin-focused, does nothing. 

MIDI mode:

 left side sends note 8 (G#-2) on 

when pressed, off when released. Right side 

sends note 18 (F# -1) on when pressed, off when 

released.

12: 

Touchscreen

Pro Tools Mode:

 The touchscreen displays 

transport buttons (play/stop/rec/etc). If Plugin-

focused, it shows a radar display, showing the 

current physical joystick position in white, and 

the plugin parameters’ positions in green. The 

radar display will also show the currently linked 

plugin parameters. 

MIDI mode

: the transport buttons send notes, as 

explained on the next page.

The yellow buttons along the bottom of the 

screen are for navigation between menus. From 

the Transport or Radar displays, pressing the 

right-arrow will take you to the settings pages, 

while the up-arrow will allow you to change 

Skillet’s base mode (from Pro Tools to MIDI 

mode, or vice versa.) More modes are planned 

for future firmware updates!

The touchscreen is also used to set up user 

preferences for Skillet’s operation.  See Chapter 

6 for more details.

 


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MIDI Mode

In MIDI mode, the Mute, Solo, Skillet, Right 

Pan, Window, rotary, and touchscreen buttons 

send MIDI Note messages from Skillet Port 1:

Mute (left):   

note 7 (G -2) 

Mute (right):   

note 17 (F -1)

Solo (left): 

 

note 8 (G# -2)

Solo (right):   

note 18 (F# -1)

Skillet (left):   

note 4 (E -2)

Skillet (right):   

note 14 (D -1)

Right Pan (left): 

note 5 (F -2)

Right Pan (right): 

note 15 (D# -1)

Window (left):  

note 6 (F# -2)

Window (right): 

note 16 (E -1)

Rotary (left):   

note 80 (G# 4)

Rotary (right):  

note 81 (A 4)

Play:   

 

note 31 (G 0)

Stop:   

 

note 32 (G# 0)

Record: 

 

note 33 (A 0)

RTZ:   

 

note 34 (A# 0)

Rewind: 

 

note 35 (B 0)

FForward: 

 

note 36 (C 1)

The X-Axis, Y-Axis, and Z-Axis buttons will 

send value 64 on their associated joystick CC#, 

useful for linking a joystick axis to a MIDI 

Learn object in a virtual instrument. In high-

resolution mode, these buttons will send values 

on both the MSB and LSB controller numbers. 

Sending a CC# value to Skillet Port 1, 

corresponding to one of the faders’ current 

CC#’s, will move the fader correspondingly.

Similarly, sending a MIDI Note message with 

velocity 127 to Skillet that corresponds with 

the Mute, Solo, Right Pan, or Skillet buttons, 

will turn the LED for that button on. A MIDI 

Note message with velocity 0 will turn the 

corresponding button’s LED off.

Skillet ports 2 and 3 are not used in MIDI mode.

 


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Chapter 6

Settings                            

Settings for each mode are accessed by pressing 

the yellow right arrow button at the bottom 

of the transport screen. Some modes contain 

multiple settings pages. To return to the 

transport screen, press the yellow left arrow 

button.

Pro Tools Mode

Screen Dim Timer:

This setting will determine how long the screen 

will wait to go into low-brightness mode. 

Touching the screen again will bring it back to 

full brightness.

Surround Panner Link:

When panners are ‘linked,’ hitting Skillet’s 

Up

 

or 

Down

 buttons on either side of Skillet will 

cause BOTH panners to track up/track down 

(or left/right). By default this setting is ON. 

When turned OFF, each panner may be focused 

to seperate tracks.

Joystick Damping:

Defaults to Medium. When OFF, Joysticks 

send their raw values. Often in Pro Tools, this 

can make it difficult to get to the corners of 

the Surround Panner window - left front, right 

front, left rear, etc - so three different levels of 

‘damping’ may be chosen. Damping brings the 

‘edges’ of the value range closer towards the 

center, causing them to be easier to reach.

Surround Panner Z Control:

Allows for selecting which parameter the Z 

(twist) axis of the joystick affects in surround 

panner mode. This defaults to OFF, and has 

options for Front Divergence, Rear Divergence, 

Front/Rear Divergence, Combined (All) 

Divergences, Center %, and LFE amount.

Surround Panner Z Mode:

By default, the Center point of the Z axis is 50%, 

however in many instances this is unwanted. 

Options include Center = 0% (twist clockwise to 

raise the parameter, twisting counter-clockwise 

past the center does nothing, parameter 

rests at minimum) and Center = 100% (twist 

counter clockwise to lower the parameter, 

twisting clockwise past the center does nothing. 

Parameter rests at ‘maximum’).

Skillet Glide Time:

In Plugin mode, Skillet can glide the current 

playback values to your new input, beginning 

from the moment you touch a joystick. Choose 

how long that ramp lasts, or turn it off, here. 

Glide time defaults to 150ms.

Atmos: Invert X

Defaults to ON. Due to a bug in Pro Tools, some 

versions will inadvertently invert the X axis 

(left is right, right is left, cats are dogs) in Dolby 

Atmos. This setting allows for re-inverting the 

X axis automatically, when an Atmos plugin is 

recognized as linked.

 


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Atmos Z Axis Center = 0

Similar in concept to the Surround Panner Z 

Mode setting on the previous page, this allows 

you to set the Z axis’ center point in Atmos 

plugins. Defaults to 0%, twist clockwise to raise 

the parameter.

Factory Reset:

Allows for reseting Skillet to factory conditions, 

removing all user-created settings and returning 

them to defaults.

Vegas:

Causes all lights and motors to randomly flash 

and move, useful for testing if an LED or motor 

has failed and requires repair. Press again to 

turn off.

LED Test:

Lights all LEDs. Press again to return to normal.

Restart Skillet:

Reboots Skillet.

MIDI Mode

Screen Dim Timer:

This setting will determine how long the screen 

will wait to go into low-brightness mode. 

Touching the screen again will bring it back to 

full brightness.

MIDI CC Offset:

Skillet uses 8 MIDI CC #’s in a bank. By default, 

it uses controllers 9 through 16 (see Chapter 

4 for more details as to how it arranges these 

CC’s). This setting allows you to change which 

set of 8 CC#’s Skillet is using.  CC#’s 1-8 are 

available, but are often used for things such as 

the Mod Wheel and Portamento Time, so to 

avoid inadvertent and unexpected controls CC’s 

9-16 are the default. The first four MIDI CC 

banks that Skillet uses are ‘High Resolution’ in 

that extra bit depth is included in CC’s exactly 

32 CC’s above the base CC for that controller. 

(IE, CC 41 contains the high resolution data for 

CC 9).

Joystick Damping:

Defaults to Medium. When OFF, Joysticks 

send their raw values. Often in Pro Tools, this 

can make it difficult to get to the corners of 

the Surround Panner window - left front, right 

front, left rear, etc - so three different levels of 

‘damping’ may be chosen. Damping brings the 

‘edges’ of the value range closer towards the 

center, causing them to be easier to reach.

Factory Reset:

Allows for reseting Skillet to factory conditions, 

removing all user-created settings and returning 

them to defaults.

Vegas:

Causes all lights and motors to randomly flash 

and move, useful for testing if an LED or a 

motor has failed and requires repair. Press again 

to turn off.

LED Test:

Lights all LEDs. Press again to return to normal.

 


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13

Pro Tools

Skillet isn’t controlling Pro Tools the way 

I expect/Pro Tools is telling me it’s not 

connected.

• Make sure Skillet is in Pro Tools mode.

• Try using the “Reboot Skillet” option in the 

Settings menu.

• Make sure that Skillet Port 1 is the first item in 

the MIDI Peripherals list, and that it is set as a 

Command 8 device.

• If you’ve got a EuCON device attached, or if 

you’ve just added a EuCON device to Pro Tools 

via the Peripherals menu, you will have to quit 

and relaunch Pro Tools. If you’ve deactivated 

EuCON, and then reactivated it, you will 

need to relaunch Pro Tools before Skillet is 

recognized.

• If you’ve got an ICON, Pro Control, Digi 

002/003, or other Ethernet peripheral attached, 

Skillet may only function in surround panner 

mode.

Skillet seems to be working, but won’t focus 

on a plugin/Skillet is in Skillet/Plugin-focus 

mode, but won’t control the plugin!

• Try pressing a rotary button to back out of 

Skillet mode, and then either press a “Skillet” 

button, or press the “Learn” button on your 

plugin, followed by another press of the “Learn” 

button to deactivate Learn mode.

• If “Learning” doesn’t make Skillet lock into 

plugin-focus mode, there’s a few things to check:

• Do you have an ICON family ethernet 

controller connected?  Skillet only functions 

in Surround Panner mode when an ICON 

device is connected to Pro Tools.

• Did you disable and then reenable 

EUCON? Or, was EUCON disabled when 

Pro Tools was launched, and you recently 

enabled it? If so, quitting and relaunching Pro 

Tools should solve the issue.

• Lastly, make sure that Skillet Port 1 is the 

first item in the MIDI Peripherals list, and 

that it is set as a Command 8 device.

Chapter 7

Troubleshooting                

General

Skillet isn’t responding!

• Use the “Restart Skillet” option in the Settings 

menu.

• If that doesn’t work, try reloading the latest 

firmware.

My faders won’t move!

• Make sure that the power adapter was 

connected BEFORE you connected the USB 

cable. Alternatively, connect the power adapter 

and choose the “Recalibrate Faders” option in 

the Settings menu.

 


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14

MIDI

My DAW/VI/MIDI plugin is acting strangely, 

such as parameters quickly oscillating 

between full-on and full-off values.

• Most likely, your software isn’t MIDI-learning 

the High Resolution MIDI information 

correctly. Set the MIDI CC# Offset setting to a 

‘low-res’ mode, or manually set the controller 

for the parameter manually in your software.

Skillet is sending CC# information from the 

buttons, or the faders/joysticks are sending 

seemingly random CC# information!

• Make certain that you are in MIDI mode, 

and not Pro Tools mode. You can reset this by 

hitting the yellow up arrow from the transport 

screen on the touchscreen.

 


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