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M-Audio ProjectMix I/O
M-Audio ProjectMix I/O

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O

4.15 4.15 (2 Reviews)
M-Audio have packaged a fully featured control surface with motorised faders, an 18-input Firewire interface and eight mic preamps in one box — at a very competitive price.
M-Audio ProjectMix I/O
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Published by sampemberton on 28th March 2012
User Review
Sound Quality
4 out of 5
4
Ease of use
3 out of 5
3
Features
5 out of 5
5
Bang for buck
5 out of 5
5
Overall: 4.25 4.25
M-Audio ProjectMix I/O

Iv had my Projectmix for just over a year now and i'm loving it! The one thing I always wanted in my home studio was a good control surface to mix without using a mouse and staring at a screen all day. The motorised faders are great, they're really smooth and accurate, better than the similar Behringer controller iv tried in the past.

It has a whole heap of controls which are easy to navigate to and use when mixing quickly. Although, some of the parameters are hidden by the small 2 high LCD screen and it doesn't always seem to show which parameter your tweaking, especially with the aux levels.

The sound quality is pretty good too, there plenty of XLR and line inputs which is great for recording a number of surfaces at a time. The preamps arnt amazing but do the job for the price. Having two independent headphone outputs is a nice touch too, especially when recording with talent in the same room.

As for the build quality, the unit it very sturdy and weighs a ton! Recently iv found some of the buttons are starting to be very intermittent, unfortunately the main ones being the transport control which eventually start to work again.

Overall this unit is great. Also the price has dropped to near £500 for a new one at some shops which is a steal considering how much these cost and the features it includes.
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By alwilts on 8th October 2013
User review
Sound Quality
4 out of 5
4
Ease of use
3 out of 5
3
Features
5 out of 5
5
Bang for buck
5 out of 5
5
Overall: 4.25 4.25
M Audio ProjectMix I/O

As an Audio Interface -
The ProjectMix has 8 inputs, all with preamps, and an extra instrument jack input on the front of the desk which can be switched in on track 1 with a button. Originally I thought this feature would be redundant, but it's perfect when you want to get a guitar or bass part down to reamp at a later date.

The preamps sound clean, neutral and to a good standard, but are not outstanding when compared to the higher range of pres in units such as the Apogee Ensemble. That said, they are good enough to record high quality sound, but they seem to lack that 'expensive sparkle' that you get off the more expensive audio interfaces. The Phantom Power button switches it on for all the inputs, so you have to be weary of what mics you are using, but it shouldn't be too much of an issue when using professional standard equipment.

The ProjectMix has 4 1/4" jack output channels and 2 headphone outputs, both with their own independent level knob. It also features ADAT connectivity and S/PDIF digital.

As a Controller -

The ProjectMix's motorized faders are perfect for anyone who likes to work in the box, and wants to be able to recall projects at the drop of a hat. Likewise, the pots on each channel strip are easily assignable, and the buttons help speed up work flow in a session, with record, select, solo and mute available at the touch of a button.

This section works in banks of 8, allowing you to scroll through any project to the desired track, with the track names displayed on the LED screen above the channel strips.

The transport section of the ProjectMix is yet another tool that functions brilliantly with the DAW. This section includes a scrub button, a feature included in many DAWs that is not always that easy to access, but is extremely useful.

At this point I have to admit that the encoder operations section of my ProjectMix has not been used to its full capacity since it has been in my hands. As I good workman never blames his tools, I won't suggest it's because of the link between the ProjectMix and Logic. I will, however, point out that when I first received the interface, I spent a substantial amount of time trying to figure out what this section does, with little luck. This is why I've scored 'Ease of use' at 3 - maybe I'm lazy and short sighted, but the whole point of a controller like this is to speed up work flow, which the Encoder Operations section hasn't.

To end the controller interface section, it performs very well and 3/4s of it is easy to use. One feature that is missed is a time display, but this forgivable given the overall increase in workflow when using the ProjectMix.

Conclusion -
The ProjectMix is a great tool for the Project Studio. It contains all the features to make life ITB easier, and has enough features to work for you, not against you, increasing work flow and allowing the music to become the focus. As well as at home, I've used the Interface twice on location, recording an acoustic band, with good results.

The Preamps are of a good standard, more than adequate for a wide range of scenarios, and 8 in one unit is a big bonus.

When I bought this second hand for $600, I couldn't believe how well it performed. If I didn't know the price, I would value it at $1200, and would pay that for such a versatile piece of equipment.
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