Omnitronic CMX 2 + 1 Ableton tutorial - connect, setup & midi map

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The Omnitronic CMX 2 + 1 is a highly versatile midi controller and is a powerful instrument when used in combination with Ableton Live. This midi DJ controller has a great selection of features that make it perfect for your Ableton Live setup.

This tutorial will show you the whole process of how to operate the Omnitronic CMX 2 + 1 with Ableton Live. It will cover the steps of connecting, setting up and midi mapping the CMX 2 + 1.

Article Contents

  1. Does the Omnitronic CMX 2 + 1 work with Ableton Live?
  2. Does the Omnitronic CMX 2 + 1 come with ableton Live included?
  3. How to connect the CMX 2 + 1 to ableton
  4. How to midi map the Omnitronic CMX 2 + 1 in Ableton Live
  5. The Limitations of midi mapping the CMX 2 + 1
    1. Saving your CMX 2 + 1 Midi Mappings is cumbersome
    2. Ableton MIDI mappings are one-to-one
    3. Limited Ableton parameter options to map to
    4. A great solution to these problems
  6. Why can’t I hear my Push in Ableton Live?

Does the Omnitronic CMX 2 + 1 work with Ableton Live?

To put it briefly, the Omnitronic CMX 2 + 1 is compatible with Ableton Live.

Despite the absence of a built-in MIDI remote script within Ableton Live, users can still use the CMX 2 + 1 to midi map to numerous functions in the software.

Any edition of Ableton Live, from Intro to Suite, will be compatible with any device that transmits MIDI data. This works for all editions of Live, for instance 9, 10, and 11. As the CMX 2 + 1 is a MIDI enabled device, it will work with Ableton Live.

Making your own midi mappings is a breeze with Ableton Live, which gives you the ability to control a lot of components of the software with your CMX 2 + 1.

Does the Omnitronic CMX 2 + 1 come with ableton Live included?

Ableton Live Lite isn't included with the CMX 2 + 1, so this must be bought separately.

There are three main versions of Ableton Live: Intro, Standard and Suite. Although Intro and Standard are both powerful, Suite offers extra features, such as 70GB of library sounds, in contrast to Standard's 10GB.

For those seeking the full range of Audio and MIDI effects, we highly suggest purchasing Ableton Live Suite, as it offers significantly more than the Standard edition.

How to connect the CMX 2 + 1 to ableton

Linking the Omnitronic CMX 2 + 1 to Ableton Live is a simple process, and when you have them connected you can control the software's parameters from your midi DJ controller.

1. Connect the CMX 2 + 1 to your computer via USB.
First, connect the USB cable to both the CMX 2 + 1 and your computer.
2. Launch Ableton Live and open the MIDI preferences.
Double click the Ableton Live icon to launch the software. Then, in the top menu of Ableton, go to the Preferences menu by opening the ‘Live’ menu and clicking ‘Preferences’.
3. Select the CMX 2 + 1 from the list of available devices.
Click the the MIDI Sync tab, make sure that Input and Output for the CMX 2 + 1 are checked.
4. Ensure that the ‘Track’, ‘Remote’ and ‘Sync’ boxes are all checked.
In the ‘MIDI’ section of this tab, make sure the ‘Track’ and ‘Remote’ boxes are checked for both the Input and Output of the CMX 2 + 1 (Sync can also be optionally checked).

The CMX 2 + 1 is all set and can now be used with Ableton Live.

How to midi map the akai mpk mini in Ableton Live

Upon making a successful connection between the Omnitronic CMX 2 + 1 and Ableton Live using the instructions above, you can now use MIDI mapping to allocate the physical knobs, pads, keys etc on the device to their respective functions in Ableton Live like this:

1. Select the MIDI Map Mode button in the top right corner of the Live window. The button should turn orange, indicating that the MIDI Map Mode is enabled.
2. Select the parameter you wish to control in Ableton by clicking it with the cursor, the parameter will become highlighted.
3. Move a control on the CMX 2 + 1, such as a knob or fader.
4. The parameter you selected is now mapped to the physical control which you moved on the CMX 2 + 1.
5. Moving the physical control on your CMX 2 + 1 will now move the position of the corresponding parameter in Ableton.
6. Repeat steps 2 - 4 for any other parameters you wish to map.
7. When you’re finished mapping, press the MIDI Map Mode button again to disable it.

The Limitations of midi mapping the CMX 2 + 1

With Ableton's midi mapping system, you can swiftly map your CMX 2 + 1, however, you must be aware of a few restrictions...

Saving your CMX 2 + 1 Midi Mappings is cumbersome

When saving an Ableton session, your mappings will be saved as part of that session. Therefore, if you create a new session, you will need to remap your controls.

Ableton MIDI mappings are one-to-one

Through a one-to-one MIDI mapping, each control on your CMX 2 + 1 can only be assigned to 1 parameter in Ableton Live.

Limited Ableton parameter options to map to

Ableton’s internal midi mapping mode is unfortunately missing many control options. Options such as selected track and selected device control aren’t possible using this method. You can see a list of all available Ableton midi mapping options here.

We have a great solution to these problems

If you're looking to get the most out of your CMX 2 + 1, our Ableton Midi Script Creator tool 'Control Surface Studio' is exactly what you need!
With it, you'll be able to:
- save and re-use your CMX 2 + 1's mappings across all of your Ableton Live sessions,
- map multiple Ableton parameters to a single control on your CMX 2 + 1,
- access many more Ableton parameter controls for your CMX 2 + 1, than Live's internal midi mapping mode allows.

Learn more about Control Surface Studio and see how it can help you by clicking here!

FAQ / Troubleshooting

Why can't I hear my CMX 2 + 1 in Ableton Live?

There are several possible causes:
1. Make sure that the CMX 2 + 1 is connected properly to your computer via USB and that the cable is not damaged.
2. Make sure that the CMX 2 + 1 is selected as your audio input and output device in your audio settings.
3. Make sure that the correct driver is installed for the CMX 2 + 1.
4. Make sure that the CMX 2 + 1 is selected as the input device in Ableton's MIDI Preferences.