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Does mackie Universal control affect sound?
Old 31st August 2011
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Does mackie Universal control affect sound?

Hi, New user and first time poster and I have kind of a dumb question. I am thinking about getting either the Mackie Universal Controller or the Command 8 to control Pro Tools 9 on a Mac. I have an apogee ensemble as my interface and I love the converters. Do either of those controllers change sound coming out of monitors? Also is either one capable of controlling effects plugins (like for sweeping an EQ).

Old 31st August 2011
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Control surfaces will NOT change any sound as they do not process sound. They just tell software what to do.
Old 31st August 2011
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Thank you. I saw this on another thread, that's why i asked

""How is the monitoring on the Command 8? I've seen some threads warning of noise and the usual descriptors ("smaller sounding") but is anyone using the monitor section and happy with it? I know I can completely ignore it but I'm curious.""

If anyone know if I can control automate EQ knobs, that would be great.

Old 31st August 2011
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If you use the analog monitoring section, it can most definitely have an effect on the sound. If you're worried about getting the best analog monitoring for your studio, you can get a dedicated monitoring controller like the Cranesong Avocet.

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Old 31st August 2011
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the Command-8 contains a monitor section - essentially a volume knob in front of your speakers. The Mackie does not as far as I can tell from the photos.

how this volume control is achieved can slightly color the sound or add noise. This is probably what the people are complaining about in the Command-8.

Your Ensemble seems to have a volume control and headphone jacks already, so if you end up with the command-8 you could use it strictly as a controller and bypass the monitoring section.

as Elpimpo says, the actual controller part of either of these boxes will not affect the sound, it's just a "mouse" when you come right down to it.
Old 1st September 2011
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Does mackie Universal control affect sound?

Most plugins will map to the rotary encoders on a control surface. So you can do things like select an channel, select a plugin, select which range of plugin parameter will be controlled by the available knobs, figure out which knob is doing what and then twist the night away. I only use this when I want to close my eyes and listen for what sounds right. I still have to go through all the trouble before grabbing the knob and closing my eyes. Otherwise it's faster to just use the mouse. A lot of times I can click on a virtual knob and use the mouse scroll wheel (PC) to set something without looking.

There are some controllers coming out with dedicated sections for EQ and such. And of course the big time Digi desks have this. But that's another barrel of green.
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