Steinberg CC121 Keene NH

A single-fader motorized control surface for Cubase.The CC121 is tailored specifically to work with Cubase 4.5 or 5, it doesn’t control send levels, for example,but it speeds up the process of crafting a multitrack audio mix.

Cheshire Music
(603) 357-4277
20 Main St
Keene, NH
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Fiddlers Choice Music
(603) 563-8800
Po Box 410
Dublin, NH
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Music Workshop Of Salem In
(603) 893-1544
353 S Broadway
Salem, NH
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Guitar and Band instrument repairs and service
Hours
Monday-Friday 10:00am-7:0pm
Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm

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Hanover String Instrument
(603) 643-3143
34 S Main St
Hanover, NH
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Northern Lights Music
(603) 444-7776
Po Box 956
Littleton, NH
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Retromusic
(603) 357-9732
38 Washington St
Keene, NH
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Lnrmusic
(603) 899-9986
30 Danforth Rd
Rindge, NH

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Pianoarts Inc
(603) 483-2897
316 Whitehall Rd
Hooksett, NH
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Guitar Gallery Of Ne
(603) 672-9224
5 Route 101A
Amherst, NH

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Strings & Things Music
(603) 228-1971
113 S Main St
Concord, NH
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
On-site guitar, bass, and violin repairman.

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Steinberg CC121

Hands-On Control for Cubase

0809 Steinberg CC 121 Web Res

Click above for larger image. The CC 121 provides a hefty assortment of dedicated controls (left and center areas) and a few assignable ones (on the right). It measures about 11-1/4" wide by 7" deep.

PROS

Motorized fader. Dedicated Cubase EQ knobs. Jog wheel can also control most recent moused-over parameter.

CONS

No way to lock channel select buttons primarily to mixer window instead of track window.

INFO

$549 list/approx. $430 street,
steinberg.net

NEED TO KNOW

What is it? A single-fader motorized control surface for Cubase.

Does it mean you’ll never have to touch the mouse? No — it doesn’t control send levels, for example. But it speeds up the process of crafting a multitrack audio mix.

Is it USB-powered? Everything works, but the fader won’t be motorized. For that, you need to plug in the included wall-wart AC adapter.

Cubase users who can’t afford (or don’t have room for) an eight-fader motorized control surface may find the new CC121 an ideal compromise: plenty of control, but a small footprint, both on the desktop and on the credit card. Need an even smaller footprint? Steinberg recently announced the release of iC, a free iPhone/iPod Touch app that wirelessly controls Cubase. Still, the CC121 does a heck of a lot more.

The CC121 is tailored specifically to work with Cubase 4.5 or 5 ( click here for our full review from the August 2009 issue). On its left side are a fader with a 100mm throw, a pan pot, eight command buttons, and left/right arrow buttons for selecting channels. The command buttons do the most useful things: mute, solo, input monitor, arm record, automation read and write on/off, channel strip edit box open/close, and virtual instrument panel open/close.

In the middle are eight transport buttons, matching the onscreen transport. Above these are dedicated EQ buttons and knobs. Each of the four EQ sections in a Cubase mixer channel can be switched on or off from the CC121, and each of the four sections gets its own gain, frequency, and Q (bandwidth) knobs. When the EQ Type button is lit, the gain knob selects the type of EQ.

My only real issue is that I was hoping the channel select buttons would duplicate the left/right arrow keys on my QWERTY keyboard, which step through channels in the mixer window. At this time, they duplicate the up/down keys, which step through tracks in the track window. If you don’t have any automation lanes open, that amounts to the same thing. If any are open, the channel select buttons step through these before reaching the next audio, MIDI, or instrument track. If you’re on an automation track, the dedicated EQ knobs remain active for the most recently selected mixer channel — even when that channel is not selected in the mixer window. That can be confusing at a glance, though it does let you adjust a track’s EQ and work on its automation at the same time. To make the channel select buttons track the mixer, you’d set up a key co...

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