[LAU] Reverse-engineering MIDI software

Caelia Chapin crc at caelia.net
Tue Jun 23 06:42:29 CEST 2020

Hi. I don't know if this is really the best place for this type of
question, but I don't know where else to ask, so here is my question:

I recently acquired an Arturia MiniLab MkII MIDI controller, and would like
to use it with Linux applications (e.g. Ardour). The basic functions - i.e.
playing notes with the keyboard and performance pads - work out of the box,
but there are also some advanced functions that might be useful, which need
to be enabled or configured through software.

Arturia provides a "MIDI Control Center" for this controller, but of course
it only runs on Windows and MacOS. I would like to be able to replicate the
functionality of this software in Linux.

It seems to me that it should be possible to run the MIDI Control Center in
a Windows VM (I use VirtualBox for this), and use some sort of listener in
Linux to display the MIDI messages that the Control Center is sending to
the device. But I am not aware of any specific tools I could use for this
purpose. Any recommendations?
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