There are all number of control surfaces available for interfacing with your DAW, but very little offer the level of control and flexibility that is given to Cubase users that the range of CMC controllers from Steinberg do. This new approach to DAW control allows you to integrate one or more controllers into you setup to best suit your needs. And Steinberg has just about everything covered with the CMC range. Let’s take a look.
Steinberg has developed the CMC range of controllers to work with you as you interface with Cubase. This means that you no longer have to make a generic controller fit into you system, but rather you can have a dedicated control surface that features the same functions and colour coding as your software, greatly improving your workflow. There are six different units available, each can be run as a standalone device, or you can join them up with the included clasps to form a truly modular system that best suits your needs.
SLIM, PORTABLE AND SIMPLE
The units within the CMC range are some of the most compact on the market. You could fit one of these into your pocket and take it with you for use in a live situation, or chain up several to create a compact workstation in the home studio. They weigh just about nothing, so you can easily have them mounted on a controller keyboard or even on a mixing desk within the studio to give you even more control. But, best of all, once the units are installed, they automatically assign themselves to command the appropriate functions within Cubase without any setup fuss. This means you can get right into making music more effectively and not worry about having to map out the controls.
The six units give you a wide variety of options. The Quick Controller is a great choice if you just want to run one unit and speed up your workflow with eight knobs and a number of function buttons. The Pad Controller gives you a compact 4 x 4 drum pad interface for tapping out beats. The Transport Controller speeds up you workflow and reduces the need to learn keyboard shortcuts for typical transport functions that are used over and over in any project. The Channel Controller is really handy, giving you quick access to most features on the selected channel, including a newly developed touch fader for volume control. If even more faders are needed for larger mix sessions, the Fader Controller offers you four of these touch faders with a shift function and channel and bank scrolling buttons to maximise its use. But probably the most handy of all these is the AI Controller that gives you use of Steinberg’s AI control knob. This really makes your workflow with a mouse a lot faster and easier. You simply place the mouse cursor over any function in the software and the AI knob instantly locks to that so you can make quick adjustments. This is something that many users may know from some of Steinberg’s interfaces and anyone who has used this feature before will know just how good it can be.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
Being small and easy to integrate, the CMC controllers give you a new level of control in a simple interface. The only thing you need to worry about is deciding which ones will suit your setup and workflow best. I reckon one of these would be great, but having the option of up to nine units all together, it is easy to see how users are going to take advantage of the modular nature of these control surfaces.
By Rob Gee
Price: RRP $199.99 (CMC-QC, CMC-AI, CMC-TP, CMC-PD, CMC-CH), $249.99 (CMC-FD)
Distributor: Yamaha Australia
Phone: (03) 9693 5111