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Command 8 or the old Mackie Hui....worth to buy?
Old 12th July 2005
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Command 8 or the old Mackie Hui....worth to buy?

I'm still looking for a controller...
Is the old Mackie Hui..still worth of buying?...even tho it's old?

Or the new Command 8?

What are the street prices of the Hui?
Old 12th July 2005
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At this point if your just buying one I would stay away from the HUI. Mackie has stopped making it and I don't know what the repair situation is like. I have gone thru 6 different HUI's with problems since 1998 and although I got great results from them I was always plagued by bugs along the way.

I owned a Command 8 for 6 months and sold it to buy a Control 24. I can tell you that I had a problem with the first unit I got in that the faders had some sort of static/electrical bug in the unit. I don't think it was grounded properly. I called my dealer and Digi overnighted another to me and I had a replacement the next day. It worked perfect from the minute I pulled it out of the box.

The Monitor section on the Command 8 is much more limited than the HUI and I never plugged audio thru it so I have no idea how it sounded.

The HUI runs on MIDI and once I worked on USB and Ethernet it made the HUI seem like a slow hog. Also I noticed the fader resolution on the Command 8 was a million times more finite than the HUI ever was.

New the Command 8 should be around $1100.00 or so. Used HUI's might be had for $400-700 but I would still go with a new or under warranty Command 8.

Good Luck,
Michael Greene
Old 12th July 2005
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Why not the Mackie Control Universal? Great unit in that price range and plenty up to date.

Old 12th July 2005
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Get the Command 8....
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