Nowadays, feed axes are often equipped with multiple parallel-acting actuators in order to increase the dynamics of the machine tool. Also, additional actuators for active damping are widely used. Normally, the drives or actuators are controlled independently without consideration for the impact on each other. In contrast, by using the modal space control, the system can be decoupled and the modal control loops can be adjusted independently. This control approach is particularly suitable for motion systems, such as machine tools, which have more drives or actuators than degrees of freedom of movement. This paper deals with the pre-investigation of the modal-based vibration control for machine tools with additional actuators. The object of investigation is an elastic system with a movable saddle. The modal-based control is compared with a local control approach. The results obtained experimentally on the test rig are presented. The modal control is superior since, with the modal approach, each control loop corresponds to a specific vibration mode, and the control law for this loop is designed to provide the desired performance of the control system at the corresponding resonance frequency. The parameterisation of the control loops is simplified by modal control, since the modes can be controlled independently.