Can I use the Steinberg CMC-AI knob controller with Ableton?

Does anyone have experience with this unit? I'd like to use it with Ableton. I figured you should just be able to midi map the messages but I'm not sure since it specifically mentions Cubase and Nuendo as software.

http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/controllers/cmc_series/models/cmc_ai.html

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BSA 2 years ago | 0 comments

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    Anyone?

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    According to the website and several forums these controllers were specifically made for Cubase and Nuendo. So i don't think they will work with other daw's. I don't see MIDI signals mentioned anywhere.
    If i were you i would look for some more usable controllers. The Steinberg stuff only has some transport buttons, sliders, etc. There are many many better controllers out there that work great with Live, and have a lot more functional controls than these things (probably for a lot less money too. Why buy loose components when you can get controllers that have faders, pads, assignable buttons, transport buttons and rotaries, keys etc. all in one. And you can use these controllers for other software too. The Steinberg stuff probably only works with one piece of software....

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    Thanks for your response.

    I already have several controllers, I'm just looking for a simple device specifically for controlling BPM and Track selection/launch. I have a few of those Korg nanoKontrols laying around that I'd use, but I only need one knob and a few buttons and this Steinberg device is exactly what I was looking for. 

    May I ask what you'd recommend?

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    If it's track selection and launch you want to control, i would have to say apc20 or apc40

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    Or try something like a Contour ShuttleXpress, novation Nocturn or a Euphonix MC transport.
    Then again; you can assign any kind of push button to trigger clips or any rotary to adjust the bpm.

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    Ok, to come back to answering the original question instead of leading away from the topic set:

    Yes I have the Steinberg CMC-TP Transport controller mapped to control transport functions in Live 9.

    So I would say this is possible also for the other controllers from the CMC-series.

    You need to activate the "Remote" or "Fernsteuerung" (german) ports for the device in the midi settings and can then manually map buttons of the controller to software control elements in Ableton.

    (See here: https://www.ableton.com/de/manual/midi-and-key-remote-control/)

    I don´t yet see the LED lights of the CMC Controller giving feedback to the state of the controlled button in ableton. Maybe it´s possible, but right now I don´t see how...

    1 month ago | 0 comments

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