September 24, 2013

Behringer CMD LC-1 Overview with Andrew Luck

The Behringer modular MIDI controller in the CMD line that can be described as an Ableton Live workhorse has got to be the CMD LC-1. Before the CMD LC-1 there were only a couple of controllers that could integrate this well with Ableton’s session view for launching clips. These included controllers like the Akai APC 40 and we are beginning to see more Ableton integrated controllers such as the proprietary controller Ableton Push. Now with the Behringer CMD LC-1, there is an affordable, modular solution for performers to control their Ableton Live sets.

Andrew Luck does a great job of going over the way Ableton integrates with the CMD LC-1 in the video above, but it’s worth mentioning some of the construction features of the CMD LC-1 for those looking to grab one.

The overall construction of the CMD LC-1, as well as the other modular MIDI controllers in the CMD line, is a combination of metal and hard plastic. The buttons and knobs are all of a hard plastic but the surface of the controller has a nice glossy metal feel to it. The LC-1 is light weight but feels sturdy enough to make it from gig to gig, being banged around in a backpack or gig bag.

On the top of the CMD LC-1 are a set of eight endless rotary encoders. Although the encoders are endless, the LED lights help to provide you with a visual feedback to know how much of a parameter you are manipulating. This is especially useful within Ableton Live and live performance applications when you want to control effects or EQ controls with speed and precision. They are made of a hard plastic and feel like they can take the abuse of a grueling show, night after night. Below the endless rotary encoders are a set of eight back lit buttons for selecting different banks within Ableton.

Within the pad grid, you have a set of 32 backlit buttons that change color when triggering clips. The buttons have a nice feel to them and have a responsive click when engaged and disengaged. The buttons are less for finger drumming as they are pretty small and not conducive to that type of performance. You would be better served getting something like the CMD DC-1 for that type of performance control. Be sure to check out Andrew Luck’s overview of the Behringer CMD DC-1 for more on that controller. The buttons have a nice RGB spectrum to select from so you will always know what clips you are launching as indicated by the color on the pads. Finally at the bottom are a set of buttons used to control your tracks on the fly and these include a solo, mute, and record function.

The CMD LC-1 as well as the other modular MIDI controllers in the CMD line are all fantastic and affordable solutions for DJ’s looking to slim down or expand their performance setup. The CMD controllers, and the LC-1 specifically, could see interesting applications in the studio as well. These type of applications make these modular controllers very versatile. To pick up one of these Behringer CMD controllers at a great price, be sure to head on over to



The Behringer LC-1 is an excellent choice if you are looking for a controller with a lot more buttons. Its got a total of 52 and you’ll find no shortage. Designed with a session style triggering of Ableton or Traktor’s remix decks in mind, the button grid is ready to fire off loops and samples and give you the ability to browse through the session to change the group you’re controlling with on the fly. The LC-1 also features 8 endless encoders at the very top and you can also control modulations or anything you’d like to assign those to.
On the LC-1 we have one shot samples and gated samples set up so that when you crossfade over, you switch in Ableton you can actually crossfade over to the other samples. You can browse up and down or left, right. You can stop all clips. You can also record mute and solo. You can browse each device or assign these endless encoders to different EQs or filters on each track.
To pick up one of these CMD controllers for yourself, head on over to This is Andrew Luck, product specialist for Behringer. You’re watching