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MasterControl, FireWire audio interface from Alesis.


6 user reviews
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Alesis MasterControl tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Alesis
  • Model:MasterControl
  • Category:FireWire audio interfaces
  • Added in our database on: 01/23/2007

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Alesis MasterControl user reviews

stompboxjon08/29/2012

stompboxjon's review"Comes with Cubase LE"

Alesis MasterControl
The Alesis Master control is an audio interface that can give you up to 192 kHz recording. It does also have low latency with the fire wire connection. It has two microphone inputs and each one of those inputs has phantom power for your condenser microphones. It also comes with a copy of Cubase LE, Cubase is one of my favorite interfaces, so if you are just getting into music or you have been into music for a while , you can appreciate Cubase and it’s a wonder software to have with this interface because everything just works right away and causes no problems. If you don’t want to use it in Cubase that is fine, it will work in almost any DAW that is out today. With its Expandable inputs and 2 banks with assignable buttons, the Alesis Master control is really a no “brainer” if you have the money to buy it. The Alesis Master Control is not a cheap interface though, it will cost you some money!


UTILIZATION

Very close to zero latency and from my experience or from what I can remember I haven’t had a driver update yet. They did say they were releasing one though but I never got it and haven’t needed it.


GETTING STARTED

We have experienced 0 compatibility issues while we were using the Alesis Master Control. All of the configuration was very simple and the setup was pretty quick and painless.


OVERALL OPINION

Bad thing about the Alesis Master control is the price, it is not cheap and if you are just starting out you might not want to get this far in (money wise). There are better interfaces to start with that will cost a lot less. But if you can afford to then by all means go for it! You will love everything about the Alesis Master control. All of the faders are also motorized.
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MJCJM08/09/2013

MJCJM's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" ideal but limited!"

Alesis MasterControl
Characteristics have it all:
The MasterControl Acts as Controller Sound card Firewire 26 inputs and 6 outputs!
2 headphone outputs! motorized faders, knobs 360 °
It can be used stand alone!
I use it with all inputs and outputs (including ADAT and SPDIF)
Its connectivity is reliable and very strong this is a very good point for me!
6 jacks TRS inputs + 2 Combo XLR / Jack, 2 SPDIF input and ADAT inputs!
I have a first generation VAIO i5 with 8gb of ram and a mainstream hybrid DD!

UTILIZATION

MasterControl is my firmware 1.0.0.0, and I wonder now if another version is, I think here will remain a mystery.
The drivers are up to date and stable today!
This was not the case at all at its output when passed in 64bit windows, and it is this that caused the loss, Alesis past few years always a bit of a step behind it seems!
It's a shame because here works well (on Mac anyway)
If all the connections as SPDIF and ADAT works very honorably, fortunately.
The dynamic is really good, you really have to want to clip.
The ideal is that the machine has internal Dsp and can save the input presets (level faders and pan) and regardless of the software is that the motorized faders are also practical (they are passing rather silent)
So that the audio interface mode controller is independent (phew)

GETTING STARTED

The install is no problem you just need to get the latest drivers on the site!
The config is say, extremely simple! So in stand alone mode, no routing is possible, it's a shame, a channel assignment to the outputs would have been nice, too bad for the monitoring part is well designed!
(Obviously this is possible in your DAW)
It's not super compatible with my pc here is clear (random BSOD)
on the other hand I saw him turn in here and Mac air impeccable!
The manual is clear!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it recently and only in standalone (seen crashes on PC, you will see on the Mac)
What is really unfortunate is the lack of internal settings, it would have been nice to route regardless of the software and suddenly stand alone!
Pre-eq's were not luxury.
With the experience I would perhaps choose but not at this price.
(I got used to 550th) when I see the new prices in 2010 (£ 590)
If this interface it all and is still well designed, shame it lacks internal settings and it is not always very stable on pc!
helps out here, but I think it largely prefer a rack audio interface and a USB comm Focusrite Scarlett 18i20, because today at this price there's no picture!
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charles Burlat09/16/2009

charles Burlat's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis MasterControl
What characteristics have motivated your choice?

The next control surface + sound card all in one ....

UTILIZATION

The drivers are stable?

For the moment I have no surprises in Windows, I'll soon test the driver under OSX 10.6 ...

What software do you use most often?

Sonar 8PE

GETTING STARTED

The installation is done it without problems?

No Worries!

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

I do not need, so no opinion on this ....

OVERALL OPINION

It's been just over three months I have this card and I am very satisfied for the moment, the value for money I think is very interesting ...

I do it again this purchase without problems, since in addition it can be found is less than € 900!
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littlepopy10/31/2009

littlepopy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis MasterControl
the cot while a motivated my choice
I am working with a pc, asus motherboard with a quad core processor and 32 bit xp 4g ram stroke
I have a useful pro (I produced music for voice and radio advertising)

UTILIZATION

the drivers are stable, I tt t on the site to get the latest version, but the DVD drivers were already stable!
I use it with cubase 5, cot number of tracks I do not t the end of the possibilities of bte!
latency more than respectable! (Compared to my previous interface "motu ultralite") limit is better!

GETTING STARTED

relativment simple installation, configuration very easy, no problem of compatibility with the following hardware (quad uad2, novation remote sl)

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for several days.
I have tried many interfaces before (Terratec Alesis, TC Electronic, motu ...)
I love the most: the faders motoriss, the simplicity "ultimate" package (with cubase anyway), and weight (it's not something plastic and feels! !)

for now I would do the choice (a view of the length, I sometimes had to disillusionment with Alesis "Multimix firewire)

it's a bit expensive, in absolute terms but a good interface + good control, was relatively the same price in the end.
I've decided sells the motu!

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