Icon Platform X+

MIDI / audio user interface with motorized faders (Expander for Platform M +)

  • 8-channel extender for Platform M +
  • Use as a stand-alone device without platform M +
  • Expandable to 32-channel control surface with 3 units platform X + and platform M +
  • 8 touch-sensitive motorized channel faders with 10-bit resolution
  • 8 dual function knobs (turn and enter)
  • Illuminated buttons for each channel
  • Including sel, mute, solo and record
  • ICON Quick Setup driver is immediately available for Cubase, Nuendo, Reasons and Bitwig
  • Plug & Play function
  • Mackie Control for Cubase, Nuendo, Samplitude, Logic Pro, Reaper, Bitwig, Studio
  • One and Ableton Live integrated
  • Mackie HUI protocol integrated with Pro Tools
  • IMapTM software included for easy mapping of MIDI functions
  • Firmware upgrade easily via USB port and iMap software possible
  • Class Compliant with Windows XP, Vista (32-bit), Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit & 64-bit) Mac OS X.
  • (IntelMac)
  • USB 2.0 connection
  • Robust metal case with Kensington lock
  • Including 12 V / 2.5 A power adapter

Further Information

USB Yes
Bluetooth No
5-pole DIN MIDI No
Ethernet No
Fader 8
Rotary Encoders 8
Audio I/O No
Transport Function No
Footswitch connection No
Foot Controller Connection No
Bus-Powered No
Jog No
Joystick No
Additional Features Expandable to 32 channels
18 Customer Ratings
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There are problems, and apparently no support
RensT, 23.11.2017
I bought this unit to augment a platform M which I have been using for a year. I want to like this; the hardware quality is good. But it is tremendously let down by:
- software issues
- complete lack of tech support

First the good: the unit is a great size, the platfrom D2 display is a good add-on and it the right size and aligns nicely over the fader banks. Everything feels good and solid. The faders are (relatively) quiet. From a hardware design perspective, this gets high marks.

Now the very very bad:

First, my setup: I have been using a platform M for a year with no problems; it works well with Logic pro X and with Ableton Live 9. Its running firmware 1.03 and it has a platform D attached. I run these on a Mac.

I acquired platform X+ to use with it. The X+ is running X+ firmware 1.01. There are problems:
- The scribble strip on the display is not updating consistently.
- there is no firmware on the iconproaudio website to upgrade to. In fact, the X+ does not even appear on the website for driver downloads.
- there is no response from the company for a week despite repeated emails and posts to their message board and facebook page.

Here are the details of the scribble strip problem:
On Ableton, set up as a mackie extender, it basically remains blank and does not display the track info or anything.
On Logic, set up as a mackie extender, it displays the track info on startup, but then does not keep it updated accurately; for instance, if I rename a track in logic which is mapped on the M, the name changes on the scribble strip. If its mapped on the X+, the name does not change on the scribble strip.
The faders and the pan knobs on the X2 work fine in extender mode; its just the display that it not working correctly.

So I tried is as two mackie controls (theplatform M and the X+), rather than one control and one extender

Logic:
If I set up the Platform X+ in Logic as a 'mackie control' alongside the platform M which is also 'mackie control' it works properly; scribble strips stay synched.
If I set up the platform X+ as 'mackie control extender' with the platform M in 'mackie control' then the scribbe strip does not work.

Live
- If I set up both the platform M and the platform X+ in live as a 'MackieControl' the platform X+ works with the scribble strip correctly, but both it and the platform M are controlling the same channels.
pressing 'bank' or 'chan' on the platform M switches the view on the platform M, but not on the X

- If i set up the platform M as MackieControl and the platform X+ as MackieControl XT, then the faders and pan pots work correctly but the D2 screen does not.

Because I know my live and logic installations are fine (I also have actual Mackie MCU Pro adn MCU Pro XT which I am trying to replace with the two Icon units) I can only assume the firmware on the X+ is not correctly supporting mackie protocol as a mackie control extender.

To my distress, there is no response from technical support.

There you have it; a potentially great unit spoiled by (1) poor quality software (2) obvious lack of testing and (3) absolutely no response from support.

Unless I hear back from them, this is going back to thomann and I will be giving up on Icon altogether; life is too short.
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Nice to hane, not must have
TimeCode, 31.07.2019
I use it as extender for platform m+ with Reaper..
Very nice looking... Nice to have, not noisy, simple to set up... I would never use it alone, and only with display whic makes it pricey...
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andy9, 09.05.2018
good to have with a good price
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Verbesserung im Workflow durch Feeling
Manuel P. Kempf, 28.02.2018
Der Icon Platform X+ ist ein einfacher midi-basierter Controller mit 8 motorisierten Fadern. Einfach deswegen, weil er ganz ohne Schnick-Schnack die wichtigsten Funktionen je Kanal übersichtlich angeordnet hat.
Je Kanal findet man einen Button zur Auswahl des Kanals, Mute, Solo und Record.
In Verbindung mit der "Mutter", dem Icon Platform M+, hat man Zugriff und Steuerung auf insgesamt 16 Kanäle. Über den "Bank-Button" kann man die Kanäle in der DAW-Software wechseln.
Wer auf das Wechseln bzw. Weiterschalten der Mixer-Bank im DAW-Mixer verzichten will, kann den Icon Platform M+ Controller mit maximal drei Icon Platform X+ erweitern und hat somit direkten Zugriff auf 32 Kanäle.
Um die Übersicht nicht zu verlieren empfehle ich das passende Display Icon Platform D2.

Die Geräte funktionieren nach der Installation und der Auswahl der DAW quasi von selbst. Im jeweiligen Controller-Management der DAW einfach den Controller auswählen und los mixen.

Die Fader reagieren sauber und schnell. Aufgefallen ist mir ein leichtes "Ruckeln beim Fahren" der Fader bei langen automatisierten Fades. Stört aber nicht weiter.

Im Lieferumfang sind Adapter-Clips aus Metall. Somit kann man die einzelnen Controller fest miteinander verbinden.

Als negativ komme ich mal wieder auf das altbekannte und herstellübergreifende Strom- und USB-Salat. Jeder einzelne Controller benötigt eine separate Steckdose für Strom sowie einen USB-Steckplatz an der DAW. Hier hätte ich mir eine Weiterleitung von USB und Strom vom Hauptcontroller zu den Slaves gewünscht.

Fazit: Gut verarbeitete Controller die ihren Zweck erfüllen und den Workflow ohne weiteres verbessern. Das Preis- Leistungsverhältnis ist hier Top.
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