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Old 11th February 2004
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Hello all, I've been recording on a stand alone "all in one" box for years now, and wanting to upgrade to a more usable and more powerful format. Was thinking of going into the DAW side, so that I can choose my own pre's, converters, etc.

Wondering how much control these new "control surface" boxes actually control. I can see fader, track arming, pan and the usual.
But can you route effects, tweak effects, cut paste, undo?

Where should I start looking, any recommendations for a newbie? Suggested reading?

Old 11th February 2004
Gear Maniac

To clairify, do these boxes make the system a "mouseless" environment?

or to what extent ?
Old 11th February 2004
Lives for gear

I use a Mackie Control with my PT HD3 rig and I do find it reasonably useful. I came from a HDR/02r combo so I initially found the lack of faders a little frustrating - still do sometimes.

Others may have a different experience but the only thing I use the control surface for is touch fader riding, the occasional solo or mute and very rarely the transport (usually a band will use that). Obviously you can do a whole lot more from the Mackie but it's just quicker with keyboard shortcuts.

All that said I wouldn't be without it as it makes fader riding painless and lets you inject a little feel. I'd kill for a 48 channel control surface with nothing but TS faders, mutes, solos and track arming,

Old 11th February 2004
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I am a new Mackie Control user for Logic. I have found it extremely useful. Bringing in tracks and setting rough levels from another studio is no longer a painful 30 minute process, but a 2 1/2 half minute excersize in coolness. However, I should note that I am not doing heavy lifting mix-wise at my place. But even with that said, I have found it very user friendly and intuitive.

You get get into plug ins and EQ and sends and such in Logic with quite a lot of ease, can't vouch for PT. Doug HTI is going to borrow it for a few days when he gets back fhis vacation (bastard) and he's going to put it through the paces on their HD3 system. He is trying to decide if a cheaper solution is acceptable of if he needs to shell out for a Control24.

Perhaps he'll be kind enough to post a note for you.

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