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The Mackie Control Universal Pro from Mackie is a 9-fader (8-channels + master) USB/MIDI controller that provides mixing, editing, automation and navigational control for any supported digital audio workstation. Utilizing a proprietary communication protocol allows the controller to "talk" to various software applications without additional set-up. The unit communicates with the computer via USB and provides connectors for up to three pieces of external MIDI gear. For some users this functionality could allow them to remove any external MIDI interfaces from their systems. Each of the 8 channel strips includes a 100 mm, Alps touch-sensitive motorized fader in addition to mute, solo, and record arming buttons. Also included is a Signal LED, a Channel Select button, and a V-Pot that can be used to control panning, send levels, EQ, dynamics, and other DSP plug-in modules. The control surface also contains a full automation assignment section, edit buttons, Undo, Redo, and Save buttons, and a Shift Modifier that offers dual functionality for specific commands.


PreSonus Expands Control Surface Offerings with FaderPort 16 need quick and easy. Sixteen high-definition digital scribble strips provide visual feedback. Streamlined workflow and support for the Mackie Control and HUI protocols make it fast and easy to control virtually any DAW. No driver installation is necessary; just plug the control surface into a USB port and take command of your mix and...

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Behringer X Touch One that neither of these devices will automatically follow the channel that you click on with your mouse when using Mackie control in Cubase. You have to manually bank over to find the track you want to work on with the device. If this is the case that's a nonstarter for me. Is this really...

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Icon Pro X, EX - faders vibration/buzzing

...slightly move it to make it stop. I feel Icon's DAW controllers have never really made it to the Mackie MCU standard. Of course the MCU costs a bit more too.

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