Digidesign C24

C24, Motorized MIDI Control Surface from Digidesign.

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Hatsubai 06/17/2011

Digidesign C24 : Hatsubai's user review

« Ridiculous control surface »

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The Digidesign C24 is one of the ultimate control surfaces out there. Simply put, it has pretty much everything you can think of and then some. Starting off with features, this thing has 24 bankable strips, touch-sensitive motorized faders, 16 high quality mic/line/DI preamps, 8x2 stereo line submixer, 5.1 surround analog monitor section, talkback mic inputs, dedicated mute, solo, record, select, EQ, dynamics, send and insert switches, along with illumination for each of them. There are probably more features that I’m forgetting, but those are the main ones.

There’s a bit of a debate throughout the audio engineering world at the moment. One school of thought says that you don’t need these control surfaces. They take up too much space, and you can do everything they do in the virtual environment. The other loves that analog feel, and they also realize that these offer faster on-the-fly tweakability that a digital environment might not be able to provide, even if it’s a touch pad one. I actually don’t feel these are that necessary for most beginner studios, but once you start getting major acts in your studio, a control surface such as this really helps when it comes to fast tweaking.

A friend of mine owns a studio, and I’ve had extensive usage with this when I go over to record some of my material. This thing is just amazing in terms of what it can do. I could list all the various different things you can do with this, but I have a feeling that anybody who is looking to buy one of these already knows all the features. What I can comment about is that it’s extremely reliable. I never experienced any failures or unresponsive controls. I’m not sure exactly how old his C24 is, but it has a good amount of time on it. They’re expensive, but if you can afford it, I say go for it.