Originally Posted by TheGolfer
I don't understand why they are dropping the MC Pro.
You may know better, but I was always under the impression that MC Pros were either stupendously overpriced, or priced out of the range of most editors -- I've worked at most of the studio sound departments in LA and I've never seen one installed, except as part of a supervisor's personal gear. I know some small shops that use them in their main rooms, but these rooms book out at a price level way above what a designer/editor would pay and are primarily for mixing. My impression is that if you booked a room with an MC Pro, and you found yourself using the MC Pro in that room a lot, you were probably spending money on the wrong room -- and editing room can be had for a week, for the amount of money you spend on a day in an MC Pro-equipped mix room. (I guess shops that do commercial/industrial work might do things different, I dunno).
Anyways, something like an MC Control gets you 50% of an MC Pro's features for about 1/50th the price, and it's compatible with $1,000 fader buckets, not $10,000 ones. There has been, historically, a huge gap in the product lines between the entry-level control surfaces and the professional ones, and Avid seems to be trying to close this a bit.