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Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 14 reviews )
 7 reviews50 %
 3 reviews21 %
 1 user review7 %
 2 reviews14 %
Value For Money : Excellent
polishdog9008/08/2011

polishdog90's review"Decent control surface for beginners"

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O
Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and many other DAWS
10-bit touch-sensitive motorized faders
built-in 18 x 14 FireWire audio interface
8 phantom-powered mic/line preamps
assignable rotary encoders
LCD display
dedicated transport controls and jog/scrub wheel
ADAT Lightpipe, S/PDIF and word clock I/O

UTILIZATION

This control surface is a sort of all in one plug and record product. Once you install the drivers and plug in the firewire, it's ready to record. The synchronization between the faders and your DAW is awesome. When I first saw the faders moving on the projectmix while I was adjusting them on the computer I felt like I was in a sci-fi flick. It has phantom power, but it sends it to all the channels so you can't plug in a ribbon mic and a condenser at the same time. The midi input is nice because you can track virtual instruments and live instruments at the same time. Also, the two headphone outputs work really well. Most low end control surfaces have only one headphone output. It has enough inputs to track a drum kit, bass, guitar, keys, and vox. It's a spiffy beginners way to record a full band.

SOUNDS

The sound is where this interface lacks in my opinion. It doesn't sound terrible but it also doesn't sound great. It's nice for home recordings and demos but I wouldn't release anything too close to your heart recorded on this machine. Firstly, the preamps are pretty bad. They don't have enough headroom to record really loud drums. With the gain rolled all of the way off on a dynamic mic, the signal can still clip. Not all of the time but every once in a while you'll hear a slight distortion. Also, on some of my condenser mics I would have to crank the gain all of the way up to record my sound source. When the preamps are cranked they get really noisy. This really affected me on vocals. I would have to sing uncomfortably loud because if I turned up the gain more it would give an unsettling hiss. Also, one of the preamps fried so my interface is now a 7 track/1track horrible hiss recorder.

OVERALL OPINION

This mixer helped me get a lot of experience recording. It was easy enough to just plug in and record whatever I wanted and it was also pretty portable. I wasn't super concerned with sound quality when I bought it and I got what I paid for. I don't regret buying it because I learned A LOT with this control surface. It made me a much better engineer and I produced a lot of home recording projects. Now that I have access to a more professional studio I don't use it as often but I still use it for some simple tracking. If I were to buy another product like this, I would go with the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40. It's cheaper, and it sounds better. The motorized faders and word-clock are cool on the projectmix, but I'd rather have a reliable, great sounding interface.
mooseherman05/15/2009

mooseherman's review

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O
This control surface and audio interface is a fireware based piece of hardware. It's compatible with ProTools M-Powered, Logic, Cubase, Ableton, Digital Performer, and other programs. It has eight XLR inputs and four 1/4" inputs, and a front-panel instrument input. It has phantom power, nine touch-sensitive faders, eight rotary encoders, and a jog wheel. It has four analog outputs and two headphone outputs. There isn't much in the way of EQ's but it's more of a control for my pro tools setup anyway, so it doesn't really matter. It is also able to do almost every protools function, including automation, directly from the interface, which makes it much more convenient to use than a mouse!

UTILIZATION

The setup isn't too difficult with the manual. Getting it connected is easy. It takes a little bit of time to get everything up and running, but that is too be expected. Besides, it probably took me longer because I never had an interface quite like this before. Pretty much everything you'd need it to do in Pro Tools is pretty easy to figure out. It certainly made automation a lot easier. The manual explains pretty clearly how to use it in every capacity, so even if you aren't sure how to do something that well you can read the manual and probably be able to figure it out (assuming you know how to run whichever program you are using.)

SOUNDS

The console doesn't have a particularly great, or even a very palpable sound to it. It is arguably pretty transparent. Once when I booted it up, it gave out a really loud shrieking signal, which was pretty painful and could have damaged my monitors. However, it was the only instance I've had of it for some reason. I don't particularly like the preamps or the EQs but I feel like I didn't really buy it for those things. I just needed an interface and I liked that it was also a control surface with faders. The preamps I use tend to be outboard and the EQs are usually plug-in. I've just had better luck with those.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had this console for over a year. I like that it's basically everything I would need for a home setup. I don't do any crazy tracking at home, I prefer to use a studio or larger consoles to record more instruments. I think that this was probably the best interface I looked at when making my decision. A friend of mine who engineers used it and recommended it to me. I trust his opinion and he didn't steer me wrong. The price is pretty fair. While by no means cheap, it's not a fortune, either. For the price, you get a lot of features and great performance out of it. I would certainly make the same choice if I had to do it again. For someone who really wants to get into engineering, this board will help you out tremendously, making you able to work with ProTools at home with much greater ease.
moosers03/24/2009

moosers's review

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O
The M-Audio Project Mix I/O is a firewire based audio interface as well as a digital control surface. You have eight pre amps and eight faders and virtual channel strips that you can control at once. It has both XLR and 1/4 inch inputs for the pre amps and also has MIDI connections. Since this an M-Audio interface, you can run this with Pro Tools M-Powered or any other digital audio software.

UTILIZATION

The configuration of the M-Audio Project Mix I/O is pretty straightforward, even though it provides you with a wealth of options and things to control. The typical functions are really easy to figure out how to use, and every thing is laid out smartly, so it is easy to follow. The manual is pretty helpful for this unit and I would recommend having it around when possible, as there are a lot of ins and outs on this that can get pretty in depth.

SOUNDS

The sound quality of the pre amps in the M-Audio Project Mix I/O is about average. They aren't too thick and full sounding, but won't color your sound too much. The sound is clean, it just isn't as warm as pre amps that I would prefer to use. It doesn't have built in EQ, and can only control EQ and other effects virtually. Beyond the pre amps, there isn't too much to say about the sound quality as the rest just control different elements of your digital audio workstation.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the M-Audio Project Mix I/O on and off for about three years and I have come to the conclusion that it is a good audio interface for those who have M-Powered Pro Tools and small project studio owners. It is convenient to be able to run Pro Tools, but in itself it is good audio interface and a good digital control surface. The price is very reasonable, making it great for those who want to get into computer and digital recording, with or without Pro Tools. Overall, a great interface that has a lot of capabilities within itself.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O
Honestly, there is nothing missing. In fact there is way more then you would expect. Blows away all the competition. Repeat: IT'S ALL THERE!

Price paid: $999

UTILIZATION

It is impossible for anyone to get confused, all the buttons light up, the faders are motorized, it's a dream. Plug in the powersupply (inline not a wallwart) and plug in the firewire. Cake.

SOUNDS

The microphone pre's are what you would expect. You can't record a gold record, but its more then enough for any home studio. They are transparent which is fine by me. Besides that everything else is done in the box. It support digital in, lightpipe and world clock, so you can still use all your fancy equipment. Has 2 headphone mixes and they get loud enough for me, sound great on my hd265's.

OVERALL OPINION

It's 25 pounds. Solid as hell, makes a digi 002 feel cheap and for under half the price. I feel like I robbed somebody.

Take one look at it and you will be in love too. Best purchase I've ever made.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Ulterior (January 0-, 2005)
Kaprikorn01/19/2012

Kaprikorn's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The stroke of luck"

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O
See other opinions.

UTILIZATION

Installation on a Mac Pro dual boot.
Installation on OSX as on 64-bit SEVEN nickel. RAS
Used in "Logic Mode" as ... Logic (Mac)
Used "Mackie Control Universal mode" in FL Studio 10 (PC)
I use it exclusively as a control surface to control my DAW and VST.
Why it's great. I spent a little time to link my main plugins with the knobs and faders. But now, I load my plugin in the DAW and I almost never the parameter with the mouse (except for control of VST that are not assignable to the surface)
It's faster, more intuitive. In short, it enriches the creative process drastically.
I read that converters were a little ways. But since (for now) I do not purchase audio ... It does me no problem.

SOUNDS

Since I work "all in the box" I have found nothing special about these points.
I work with 96Khz and I feel that the latency is even lower than my old TC Electronic Konnekt 24D.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had three weeks.
I was eyeing for a while until the price reduction exceptional (bought 588 euros)
I think it value for money is simply no equivalent for this type of product (+ surface with motorized faders, touch-sensitive LCD screen and integrated sound card)
Before, I had a TC Electronic card on one side, a small area on the other Behringer BCF2000 ... Now I have one device super strong, the perfect finish, LCD off essential (large missing on the BCF 2000 ...)
At this price, I would do this choice more ways than one! I am overwhelmed!
theoa7808/17/2009

theoa78's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O
Good for technical specifications, we go.

I had this table for a year and a half and that's what I think.

MAUDIO was wrong for me trs rflchi the firmware of the table. Indeed, despite several updates, I had too often crashes the faders, I find the volume Controller imprcis trs.

I almost lost my ears twice prcieuses accusing a complete crash of the table, signal noise numrique full price in a brand new headphone, which is now shaped trs. (Ct computer do not worry I have a mac pro running fine)

Caution also always turn his monitors last ... The table is ignited for 10 seconds clicks in the output.

Anyway ... Surprises.

Plus: HYPER waterproof! A friend renvers on my table a glass of white wine two weeks ago, nothing to say everything was working the next day.

Ct pramplis ... Due! Of breath, a lot of breath. Prampli of me that is not to say thank you and the "I have between 8 XLR and immedia Phantme."
Attempts to rec ... I mean attempts, resulting all the time by the use of external pramp even "low end".
Ct CONTRL surface, RAS his donut, its runs well on Logic and Tootools.

For résumé. J'espre for the Euro 1100 era, it was I who came across a bad MODEL ... Trsdu, sound card with "dfault" until the week or dernire I was finally able to change it. Beautiful body, but not the electronic drop ...

UTILIZATION

Configuration gnrale Is it easy? The usual functions are they easily accessible? The manual is clear and sufficient? * ...

SOUNDS

The console is transparent? Introduced she breath? The qualiseur is it effective? * ...

OVERALL OPINION

How long you use it and what is the particular feature you like best and least? Have you tried many other models before acqurir? How do you report qualitprix ? With the exprience, you do again this choice? * ...
digitalor11/05/2008

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

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O
Everything has already been said.

UTILIZATION

J have a little gallery (with an ALIENWARE 3.16GHz dual core) with XP Pro sp3.j've had to put a XP Pro SP2 for the console to be recognized but hey, it works.
The functions are quite clear even though in my opinion it lacks some details about the various shortcuts and possible assignments in the manuel.Il need any further seul.Un dommage.L little explanation of the project cubase mix mode is that on 2 pages seems a bit light.

SOUNDS

Good son.Pas of souffle.Pré amps than corrects.Pas latency noon.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought the 3 days ago.
The -: the manual too fair and too starved approfondie.Quelques essential commands such as copy / paste or UNDO.

Most: Everything else .. sensitive faders is a real pleasure.

Very good quality / price ratio
Ryko09/26/2008

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

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O
Firewire Interface with 8 motorized control surface Mono Analog inputs (Mic or Line XLR Jack), an instrument input is a shared entrance, a stereo RCA SPDIF input. 8 ADAT Optical (Lightpipe) (ADAT converter option) or 18 entries in total.
4 mono outputs (1 & 2, 3 & 4) jack, no dedicated monitor output is used for outputs 1 & 2 to connect their monitors. 1 SPDIF output RCA Stereo. 8 out ADAT Optical (ADAT converter always optional), or 14 outputs.
Note 2 outputs monotoring headphones with volume control and independent mix.
Word clock sync connection for ext.
9 I note in relation to the number of limited release (of course with a converter ADAT I put 10). Otherwise it is complete, it looks to me fairly robust and does not gadget!

UTILIZATION

Quick and no problems whatsoever on my laptop (Intel Core Duo 2.66 GHz, 1GB Ram, Nuendo, XP Pro) my Desktop (XP Atlhon 1.3 GHz, 1.5 GB Ram, Nuendo, XP Pro). Very simple configuration, the PDF manual is short but comprehensive and clear.
about functions, we have everything at hand, a real treat. Tuning of EQ, plugins, VSTi, audio & midi channels ... total control at hand, the mouse and keyboard become secondary, it's cool that!
Mixing become a real pleasure, it's simple I back all my old songs and remixes with the project mix. So it sounds better and more coherent.

SOUNDS

With regard to the sound, having had the opportunity to test MOTU Traveller, RME Fireface, Sounblaster Audigy (!!!!!!) and edirol, the preamp is relatively tansparents and quite precise, although transient reagissents, treble rather well-defined, an ample headroom, even a very low blows when you push the gain of the preamps do not come and spoil the catch. In short, not much to complain about. Not high-end nickel certes.Mais taken to make very accurate.
I made ​​the catch of voice, electric guitar on an old Marshall JMP Master Model MK2 Lead 100W donf has grown, making batteries and everything is very well emerged with good definition. EDIT: With a drummer who hits hard, it saturates the preamps that start at 20 dB and there is no pad, so distrust. The A / D converters are rather clean and transparent, but it's not the top as the Mytek or Lynx Aurora.

EDIT: I note down my 8 because of preamps / convertos premium (Prismsound & co) are very high quality top.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 months and I'm really pleased. Took me a while to my mind, after trying other brands (RME, MOTU, Edirol and Tascam) is to mix the project as I turned because I was really amazed by its ease use.

Goodies: see above
Cons: the number of exits just too limited (to invest in a good converter to have 8 ADAT outputs, and (or) 8 additional entries)
Paid 1099 euros in Playback, a choice I would do.

EDIT: on 29/04/2007

After several months of intensive use (Studio, repeated). Ben I am still very happy. Faders, knobs are still there, no weakness noted. In practice this is what is missing to make it perfect: a button to cut out 1 / 2 and (or) 3 / 4, the phantom power supply or at least by 4 by 4, the drivers that vista are expected. Here I will complete my opinion as you go.
Nomad-horizon08/17/2008

Nomad-horizon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O
-facilment rack (super good convertos) a very broad connectivity
-8 Motorized faders good quality plus a master
-connectiques firewire that so much faster than the USB ensures certainly more convincing stability
-an LCD screen not too difficult to understand
- Great compatibility with major standarts of marchprotools, logic, cubase ..)
Finally, here is a whole atiraille that make it a real jewel that price

USE

Easy Config for my part g tro no problem to install either Mac or PC
if it is very fast and the use of this machine is quite fluid
except when we want to tackle the plug becomes his horns a little more but it normal because audio interfaces that allow to control plug c c very rare and not what you'd expect of this machine in the buying then c no reproach on this one M-Audio was very surprised I must admit

SONORITS

Frankly this is where you really feel the intRet of this machine, we have a gro clear, warm tone that does not attack the ears so I do not regret to have achetbr />
NOTICE GLOBAL

I use it for two months and for me this machine is a real jewel for its price
moreover it is very complte and I think on this one M-Audio has many competitors the remote so I say bravo l
Ivanweb03/13/2008

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

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O
Okay.

USE

Okay.

SONORITS

Okay.

NOTICE GLOBAL

WATCH OUT!

This jewelry does not work under Lopard.
Pending the M-Audio driver, I salute you.