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Old 28th June 2002
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Mackie Control Supports Soundscape 32, Nuendo, CubaseSX, Digital Performer!!!!

Don't know how good this thing will be, but I thought Alpha may want to check it out.

Motu has a new Mackie control unit for Digital Performer.

Just thought I would let you know.

www.motu.com
Old 28th June 2002
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you beat me to it... im just hoping for expansion fader packs.
Old 29th June 2002
  #3
got a direct link to a page for it?



This could be just the thing to tide you over Alpha (till the end of the 96k / music biz slump / storm..)

I am still enjoying my 'toy desk' (Pro control) and as you dont do a ****load of midi, the thing doesn't risk getting bogged down by dence midi traffic...
Old 29th June 2002
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this is the biggest news for DP users seeing how it has motu's support with it. i would guess the plugin for it should be more advanced than the other 3rd party controllers.

god im just hoping for expander packs.
Old 29th June 2002
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Originally posted by Jules
got a direct link to a page for it?
Here you go: Mackie Control

Don
Old 29th June 2002
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its just the logic control... without logics name on it. and i dont know what they mean by lexan overlay. the lexan i am familiar with is the 2" bulletproof sheets in banks. i hope is screwed onto the controller and not just some thin sheet laying on top.
Old 29th June 2002
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I'm sure you will get your fader packs.

it's SMALL, and that is diggable IMHO

It's not a giant reflective surface for your monitors to bounce off into your ears..!!!

Mackie must have dimention PDFs somewhere, Alpha make yourself a paper cut-out one to plan how it will fit in your studio.

Good thing about controllers is that sample rate doesn't affect em in any way..!

Old 29th June 2002
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its something like 17.5"wx17.4"d, the logic expansion packs are 10"w... so 16 channels would be 27"w, not too bad. 32 channels would be 47"w which would be real sweet.
Old 29th June 2002
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AND if its the same price as logic, $1299 aint bad at all.
Old 10th July 2002
  #10
Alpha's eagle has landed!

Mackie Announces Nine-Fader Master Control Surface Called Mackie Control
Supports Soundscape 32, Nuendo, CubaseSX, Digital Performer, with plans for SONAR2 and CoolEditPro
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WOODINVILLE, Wash. (Jul. 08, 2002) -- Mackie Designs Inc. has announced Mackie Control, a new nine-fader master control surface with nine touch-sensitive Penny and Giles motorized faders.

Mackie Control supports software integration for a growing family of DAWs that currently includes Soundscape 32 by Mackie Broadcast Professional, Nuendo and CubaseSX by Steinberg, and Digital Performer by MOTU. Support is coming soon for CoolEdit Pro by Syntrillium Software, SONAR 2 by Cakewalk and others. In addition, Mackie Control has been pre-mapped to enable power-user functions by many of the supported DAWs, and is the first to offer DAW-specific Lexan overlays allowing users to take advantage of these functions.

Each of Mackie Control's eight channel strips includes a 100mm optical, touch-sensitive motorized fader, mute, solo, and record arming buttons, 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 eight channels can be bank-switched to control as many channels as the user-selected software supports. Various software parameters are displayed on a back-lit LCD screen that provides channel metering and track naming in addition to DSP and dynamics parameters.

Mackie Control also supports a full automation assignment section, editing shortcut buttons, undo, redo, and save buttons, as well as modifiers that offer multiple functionality for specific commands. Complete navigational control is provided in a tape-style transport with jog/shuttle wheel, loop I/O points, and timeline quick jump buttons.

For those customers needing more than nine faders, the Mackie Control Extender is a channel extension add-on option for the Mackie Control. Slightly narrower than a full Mackie Control, the Mackie Control Extender has all the channel strip features of the Mackie Control, without the master section. Multiple Extenders can be used with a single Mackie Control to emulate a large-scale control surface with as many faders and pots as desired.

"Mackie Control and Mackie Control Extender are the most versatile and integrated control surfaces available today," says Keith Olsen, Corporate Director, Global Recording Market and Product Development at Mackie Designs Inc. "We worked with industry-leading DAW manufacturers to make it extremely easy to set-up and configure. Every Mackie Control ships with a variety of Lexan overlays, designed to 'personalize' the controller for the customer's music production program. The overlays fit right over the master section, dedicating the section to key, software-specific control functions. It's just that easy."

Mackie Control (US MSRP $1,299) and the Mackie Control Extender (US MSRP $1,099) are currently shipping to Mackie dealers and distributors worldwide.

For more information, go to www.mackie.com.

Old 10th July 2002
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alright, all this talk of "lexan overlays" has me a bit nervous. what they are showing in the MOTU ads looks screened on the controller.... what kind of overlay are they talking about? or is the MOTU one a "special" version of the controller. pictures on logics site show the mackie control [logic control printed on the bridge part] with generalized buttons but the DP version shows those buttons dedicated to various specific uses. i dont want some plastic sheet i have to lay over the controller... you know how often my son is going to pull it off if it does?

or am i going to have to make my own stinkin screen and screen the body myself?
Old 10th July 2002
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i also wonder if i could talk mackie out of selling me an empty expander chassis and shove a multimax into it.... be my CR section.
Old 10th July 2002
  #13
Man those things ain't so deep at ALL.

The highest sloped up meter bridge part is little higher than a coffee mug! You would have to cut a hole in the table you put it on!

See what Argosy do - I reckon that controller will be HUGE! (as a product heh ) They may find it worth their while making something special for it. The regular frame they make at present is WAY oversized for the Mackie Controller IMO.

The various DAW program overlays is an AWESOME feature and totally cool for studios where different outside projects are coming in on a regular basis.
Old 11th July 2002
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I'm currently using the Logic Control variant of this surface (with Pro Tools, mainly, though I use Logic occasionally), and I must say, it's great. It so totally blows away the MotorMix and HUI that it's almost scary. It's pretty intuitive, feels nice (except, unforunately, the v-pots... there's just too much rotation for too little parameter movement, and no tweakability in sight.. and they're a little bit clunky), and works *almost* flawlessly.

The #1 reason why it rocks? I may be on crack, but it feels (to me) like the mutes and solos respond even faster on the LC than with the mouse! They're certainly worlds faster than the other MIDI surfaces I've owned/worked on. For my dub/live style of mixing/arranging, this is a total godsend. Finally, I don't have to train myself to pre-press the buttons to get past that (*#%*!#% 40ms delay!

Finally, the mutes and solos on my $30,000 DAW respond as quickly as my $600 Mackie 1604vlz! Whattya know?

.georgeC.

www.djorigami.com
Old 11th July 2002
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so how are those faders george? smooth?

man, im excited... its shipping now. im about to order the main and expander.
Old 12th July 2002
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they are shippin today. reports are they are flying out the door like hotcakes. i need to order mine SOON. just dont know if it works with DP 3.02 yet.
Old 12th July 2002
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Old 12th July 2002
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They're certainly the nicest thing I've worked with short of a Pro Control. They're smooth, but with enough "drag" to them that it helps you be precise. They're really really fast when they update, and the touch sensitivity works beautifully...

Prepare to be impressed! (I think)

.georgeC.
Old 15th July 2002
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Hi! Are you George Cumbie with the wild studio in a disused church?!

If so



How come you have a Logic control AND a Pro Control then?

I hope I am not being too nosey..

TIA
Old 15th July 2002
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Anyone get the feeling that Mackie selling what essentially was Logic control (That only gained PT support afer MUCH pressure) is a direct consequence of the Apple take over of Emagic?

Nice now its been brought to a larger market. Still love my Motormix though, nice and small and covers all the basics..
Old 15th July 2002
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well it IS the logic control.... i heard they only had 5 months left of exclusivity before the apple buyout. im guessing there was a clause in the contract that negated exclusivity when apple bought emagic out letting the controller become available to others sooner.

gotta admit the "beauty" in it though if i were to switch from DP to say Logic or possibly Neundo... no need to rebuy hardware.
Old 15th July 2002
  #22
I find it of interest because of being able to accomodate guest software, for clients bringing stuff already started... Like using the studio to track live drums - overdub & mix...

Jules
Old 19th July 2002
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Not quite...

...not quite a revised logic control. The brains are totally different, according to a friend at Mackie. MAS support tomorrow, i hear. No scoop on protools compatibility though. I wouldn't wanna be the one approaching Digi with a controller after today's Digi002 bashing on the DUC. Still gotta use the logic control with HUI emulation.
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