How to Configure your CTRL Keyboard!

Hey everybody! Thank you for purchasing your Massdrop CTRL Mechanical Keyboard. We hope you’re enjoying it so far. If you’ve landed here, you probably want to take full advantage of the keyboard’s features so you’ve come to the right place. We’ll start with the basics, then we’ll move on to complete custom configuration.
Default Hot Keys Hold FN + listed keys to activate LED Keys
Fn + A: LED Pattern Select Previous Fn + D: LED Pattern Select Next Fn + W: LED Brightness Increase Fn + S: LED Brightness Decrease Fn + Q: LED Scrolling Pattern Speed Decrease Fn + E: LED Scrolling Pattern Speed Increase Fn + Tab: LED Toggle Breathe Effect Fn + Caps Lock: LED Toggle Scrolling Pattern Direction Fn + X: LED Toggle On/Off Fn + Z: LED Toggle Mode (Keys+Edge, Keys Only, Edge Only, Only modifiers) Media Keys
Fn + Page Up: Volume Up Fn + Page Down: Volume Down Fn + Print: Mute Fn + Insert: Play/Pause Fn + Home: Stop Fn + Delete: Previous Fn + End: Next Keyboard Option Keys
Fn + N: Toggle keyboard 6KRO/NKRO (Default state 6KRO)
How do I configure my keyboard? Note: You will currently need a second keyboard to complete the 3rd step of this process. 1. Create your configuration. 2. Compile the firmware with your configuration. Use our web-based configurator tool to handle both steps at once: . See below for more information about our configurator. If you are comfortable with programming and want to use QMK functionality that our configurator does not support, you can manually create and compile your configuration by checking out the official QMK repository: . CTRL Keyboard is in the folder "massdrop/ctrl". QMK setup instructions are here: 3. Load the firmware onto your keyboard. To load the firmware onto your CTRL keyboard, download the appropriate loader application for your computer's OS here: Then follow the instructions here: . We are working with Jack and the other QMK contributors to get the loader application integrated into the next version of QMK Toolbox to simplify this loading process.
MASSDROP KEYBOARD CONFIGURATOR When you first go to the configurator, you will be prompted to choose your keyboard (only CTRL Keyboard available for now). After choosing, you will see a top-down view of the keyboard and a layer selector on the right side. By clicking on a key, you can customize its behavior by selecting another key or function in the panel that appears below the keyboard. The currently available behaviors are: - Keys - Individual keys such as letters, numbers, media keys, and function keys. - Layer - Activate and deactivate layers. The CTRL Keyboard ships with a keymap where the Fn key activates layer 1. - Modifier - Send multiple modifiers with a single key press or allow a key to be a modifier when held and another key when tapped. - Special - Behaviors specific to the keyboard. For the CTRL Keyboard, these control the LEDs. After you have configured the behaviors to your liking, click the "Compile & Download" button in the top right to download the compiled firmware for your configuration. This typically takes around 30 seconds. You will need to load this compiled firmware onto your keyboard. See step (3) above for instructions. If you are logged in to Massdrop, you will see a "Save as a New Copy" button next to the "Compile & Download" button. Clicking this button will save your configuration, allowing you to revisit it and modify it. The next time you go to the configurator, you will see your saved configurations above the list of keyboards. About Layers Layers allow you to configure your keyboard with more behaviors than its number of physical keys. For example with the CTRL Keyboard, by default, when you hold Fn + A to change the LED pattern, the keyboard is actually activating Layer 1 and sending the code for switching to the previous LED pattern. The physical key that is mapped to the letter A on Layer 0 is mapped to changing LED patterns on Layer 1.
For each key, its behavior is determined by the highest active layer. For the highest active layer, if the key's behavior is "transparent" (denoted by a grayed-out "(trns)" on the keyboard display), then it falls back to the next-highest layer where its behavior is not transparent. The QMK documentation has some tips for working with layers:

Configurator Development Roadmap Our configurator tool is still a work-in-progress. Here is what you can expect to be added to the tool in the future: 1. Merge our QMK changes back into the main QMK repository 2. Macros support 3. Support for changing some QMK settings 4. Support for more keyboards
Having any issues or generally need some help?
Let us know in the discussion and we’ll give you a hand.
(Edited by moderator Elbert)

Aug 1, 2021
Is anyone at drop actually working on this? The nothing on the roadmap has been done in over a year, and there still is no default layout in qmk for the shift. What gives?
Jul 26, 2021
My windows machine simply spits back 'Access Denied' and says the software can't be run on this PC... not good!!!
Jul 25, 2021
Hi, tried to map F13-F24 on Layer 1 of the Ctrl configurator. And after flashing, those special keys dont' seem to be working. I was trying to do some Autohotkey macros with them. I don't knowwhat I did wrong. I can't see any problem.
Jul 17, 2021
Can i put a wave from any key when i click it
Jun 24, 2021
Received my ALT today. I decided to give it one more shot. This time I ran the configurator to switch the macos keys to where they should be, ran the mdloader_mac against the download, and blackness... tried several different things, including trying to reinstall the original alt firmware. Nothing seems to work. That eeprom fix mentioned below does seem to get something working, but copy-paste pastes some gibberish and the keys are still not mapped for mac. Is there some other thing to try?
Jul 14, 2021
Use a Windows PC next time...or throw a copy of Win 10 on your Mac and you can dual boot both OS by holding option key before pressing power key to turn it on.
Jun 20, 2021
In my Drop CTRL keyboard, one key is lighting differently ( "I" key). I have not set up custom RGB. I tried
  • Swapping the key
  • Resetting the keyboard using the key at the bottom
Still, it has not changed.

Jul 23, 2021
Looks like a bad green and blue led, try another switch?
Jun 15, 2021
I finished my profile for my Drop Ctrl keyboard. I can't download it. I am already waiting for 15 minutes...
Jun 9, 2021
When I config my keymap through QMK, I get the options to change Hue and Saturation on the LEDs. Am I missing something or are those functions not available in the Drop Configurator? If not, is there plans to include them? QMK doesn't offer the ability in their configurator to assign keys to change lighting based on layer (keys v. edge) or else I would just use that and forget about compiling via Drop. Am I missing something and if not, are there plans to update this?
May 31, 2021
The F13-F24 keys in the configurator do not work when compiled and flashed to my ALT. Will this be fixed soon? I believe it is just a matter of assigning values on the backend.
May 31, 2021
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