How do I reprogram my Icon platform M+ controller to affect midi cc values?

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Hi,

I have an ‘Icon platform M+’ midi control mixer and I am struggling with reprogramming it’s faders to operate midi cc values (such as cc1 for modulation etc).

I run Cubase pro 9 and whilst the Icon controller is reprogrammable, it does not seem to work just by simply changing the parameters in the supplied ‘digital control centre’. Any values I alter (such as changing fader 1 to operate cc1) do not take effect and the M+ controller resorts to default mode which alters only pitch on midi notes.

Does anyone know what I am doing wrong? – do I need a different controller (ie a Behringer) or, can I program the faders to control cc values via the ‘Bome Midi translator’ software and keep my M+ controller?

In short, how do others reconfigure their faders to operate midi cc values in real-time?

Many thanks,

Anthony

 

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January 7, 2018 6:47 pm
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Hi Steve,

I have already tried using the iMap software which is recommended by Icon , but in this case it does not seem to retain any re-mapped commands (for instance I cab remap fader 1 to cc1 modulation – this shows up as taking place in the iMap control centre but the re-mapping does not take place). It simply runs the Icon M+ controller on default. The instructions claim that Control Mode 7 is the ‘user defined’ mode whereby the device will run your reprogrammed fader controls – this does not work though.

In this case I was wondering whether MT pro would supercede iMap and all of these technical difficulties and thus manage to effectively remap the faders from within the MT pro software and allow me to redirect the midi cc messages of my DAW to the faders.

Ultimately I am unaware of the correct protocol with programming faders on a controller and was wondering if you knew of a better controller (that was easier to reprogram from out of the box) or, if MT pro will resolve the problem no matter what controller I owned (my concern being throwing money at this when maybe it’s the controller which is inadequate).

Many thanks,

Anthony

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January 7, 2018 9:27 pm

Hi, you can either buy another controller or MT Pro with your existing controller. To be safe I would uninstall the imap software which might interfere with operations of other MIDI software.

I have several cheap controllers and when they don’t do what I want them to do, I use MT Pro to handle all the MIDI mapping. For instance I have an FCB 1010 foot controller I set it up of one configuration (although it can support multiple), I can then quickly change the function of the controller by loading a different MT Pro project file.

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According to the manual, your controller can run with Cubase Pro by setting it to Control Mode 2.  This mode uses MCP (Mackie Control Protocol) which is different than standard MIDI messages.

You can try running in that mode natively or if you want to run in another mode, you will need to determine the output of each control by monitoring with MT Pro (open the log file) and then use MT Pro to convert it to the MIDI message you want to customize in Cubase.

It looks like your controller has a custom mode for this purpose but maybe it will require another piece of software like iMap to do this or of course you can use MT Pro. I don’t recommend running iMap and MT Pro concurrently.

So my recommendation is:

  1. Try Cubase Mode and set Cubase to Mackie Control
  2. Determine the default output of your controls by monitoring them and us MT Pro to conver to what you want. If you want to convert from something to MCP, I did publish a tutorial on how to do this with a project file you can start with. Just check ou link on Bome Tutorials.

I hope this helps!

Steve

bome@sniz.biz

Independent Bome Programming Specialist

Bome Q&A moderator

 

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