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Is anyone using the Monogram control surfaces successfully with Cakewalk? Christian from Spitfire uses it very successfully with Cubase, I think. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work with CbB, because it can be programmed to send just about any MIDI message.

Modular Productivity Tool for Creative Pros | Monogram Creative Console (monogramcc.com)

Thanks!
Tom

 

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Hey XBaker,

It's a cute little control surface.   Currently I am using the Mackie Control Surface (MCU).  I am hoping some time during this your to switch to the Icon Qcon Pro G2.

This  control surface is smooth and the faders aren't as noisy as the MCU's, which aren't really that noisy at all to think about it.  It's nice to have all of these controls at your finger tips.

 

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I have the QCon Pro 2 and EX G2, and they're great DAW controllers. I simply can't get Cakewalk to respond to them when I use them in User Defined Mode, which I need in order to send CC1, CC11, etc, when I record orcfhestral parts. Hence the need for the Monogram CC which I ordered about two weeks ago. Should arrive in another week of so. I'll let folks know how that turns out.

FWIW, IMHO the Monogram controller is quite a bit more than a cute little controller. It'll send MIDI of course, but it'll also send Keyboard messages, App-specific messages, OS messages, and even Joystick mode . And you can program up to 15 Profiles, so the knobs, faders, buttons, etc, can have multiple definitions. I've seen a guy use on with another DAW and set it up with a profile for Recording, another for Mixing, another for Editing, etc. 

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All of the Mackie compatible controllers are great for transport / fader control, but not really suited to custom control of plugins.

The monogram CC should work perfectly with ACT Learn however.

You just need to add the "ACT MIDI Controller" under Control Surfaces in preferences, setting the MIDI IN to be your monogram's MIDI input ( don't bother setting the MIDI output ).

Once you've done that, you're ready to assign knobs/sliders to VST parameters.  Once parameters have been learned for a VST, they'll be remembered globally - so the next time you insert that plugin, the controller will automatically work for that plugin while the plugin's UI is in focus.

A quick example of how to set it up for plugins is shown at 1min in on this video:

 

A more in-depth explanation can be found in this video:
 

 

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On 5/13/2022 at 3:41 PM, XBaker said:

Is anyone using the Monogram control surfaces successfully with Cakewalk? Christian from Spitfire uses it very successfully with Cubase, I think. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work with CbB, because it can be programmed to send just about any MIDI message.

Modular Productivity Tool for Creative Pros | Monogram Creative Console (monogramcc.com)

Thanks!
Tom

 

Tom,

Take a look at the video from Creative Sauce YoutTube Channel.   Mark gets an honorable mention in this video.

 

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