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Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 5 reviews )
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Will Zégal05/19/2011

Will Zégal's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good product and not many alternatives"

Mackie Control
For how long have you been using it?
I have 6 years I think.

What thing do you like most/least about it?
Most: almost total control. It does almost the mouse (except for the edict and again)
The least: look quaint?

Did you try many other models before getting this one?
No. Only the Behringer BCF2000. Which broke down (rewind button) right mix. MCU purchased in an emergency because the control surface, once you've had a taste, eh ... Difficult to do without.
Compared to the BCF, there's no comparison. Although more controls accessible, integrated screen (not that damn virtual screen that takes up space on the screen and never in the right place) and jog-shuttle, which is unbeatable for moving quickly in a project .
Now, the BCF is a good choice for a more casual (and mine always helps me to control my TotalMix RME or sometimes for buses on large mix).

I have tried since the Euphonix Artist: very disappointing. Many aspects of latency and some very cheap for a product of this price (like jog, scandalous). Well, it is already beginning to date and I hope they have improved since then. But I will not trade a barrel of MCU cons two barrels of Euphonix.

Please note the upcoming release of a surface at QCon quite promising. Located between the BCF and the MCU, but closer to the latter. Maybe it'll bring down the price of MCU.

What is your opinion about the value for the price? Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ...

It's expensive, but at the time, there was nothing really comparable. Now mine works perfectly used for years. Nothing against him or ... almost I do not know if I repeat the same if mine let go. To see as a test of Finance and the QCon.

The two criticisms I have to do to the MCU are:
- It is excellent for mixing, but bof plug-ins. The extension seems to mean C4 level settings (damage). To control them, I have therefore added a Novation SL, much more suitable.
- Extension of 8 faders is almost as expensive as full MCU. You may use BCF as extensions, but there is always the problem of no screen.

manu63's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Mackie Control
I have the mackie CONTRL since almost a year but I have the audio version dedicates logic is just great! I had no problem to connect and every imaginable automation are easy to CASC, it's really a good product I am happy.
The only problem that is important is the price a bit high I got.

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

Mackie Control
[edit on 28/04]

I use it for two months: it's a great product, pro trs, trs well thought out and worth every penny. I use it with Cubase SX2 and indeed it is in these conditions (mice unused 95% of the time) that the software (broadly defined, is not it, may be another squenceur) takes really its full dimension in the sense ergonomically.

The finish is perfect, the blue LCD is the most beautiful effect and what about Penny & Gilles faders that are really gniaux (see below). If I wanted to quibble I would say that the buttons play / stop / etc. who click-click buttons to make me think of the old IBM keyboards: it's the only thing that makes a little "cheap" on the device, but it's so dtail compared to the input!

To give an ide of using the BTE in SX:

- CONTRL tracks by Mackie are those that are visible in the console VST (ie if you move a piece in "cache", it disappears from the screen + mackie at the same time)
- Track names appear directly above each slice on the LCD (gnial!)
- If you change the order of the slices in Cubase, Mackie makes the change directly (by reversing the positions of the corresponding faders)

Moreover, given that it is impossible as Cubase change the track order Fawn totally free (eg 1: 2 Audio: VSTi 3: VSTi 4: 5 Audio: Rewire 6: 7 VSTI: Audio 8: Rewire etc..), it is essential to spend only by groups.

Thus, for example, I made a 24 track setup groups in SX: displaying only groups under the console, there are only groups that appear on the Mackie and suddenly you put the order that you want. This fawn is gnial in use: one can completely from reorganization of the slices being components: the faders with automation start automatically updated on the Mackie, and the names of the tracks on the LCD!

However, it remains a bug, even with the latest OS from Mackie: LEDs "signal" have an activity that does not match that of the slices. This would be a problem inhrent SX that would not transmit the correct values ​​of Mackie. It was not until a future version of Cubase for this bug has been corrected.

A note on Penny & Gilles faders: a little Drout to beginners because they are touch-sensitive faders, if for example you touch a fader with your finger (without the fader moves, for example, it is calculated at the bottom ) Well the mackie sends MIDI! This is reflected in the fact that if you're having fun moving faders with nails, they return to their original position cis! In fact if you move the faders with anything other than cis fingers they recover their position on Previous! This is to avoid accidents during the mix like I push my sheets on my desk and I lose my last mix. This means jusqu'o they pushed the DLIR in Mackie! (Such as pasque Whereas hyper handicapping is on an analogue desk, as in our case we return the worst dernire the backup). I wanted even when prciser because I put a sional understand! :-)

Finally: you can accder all: EQ, insert, FX, choices and their VSTis paramtres / presets is finally Sidr permeability with the software of your choice.

TO BE AMONG ALL HANDS! In short I highly recommend all users of Cubase SX and other squenceurs to sell your old machines that you no longer use SAVE for the 1000 euro (used) that cost the machine (nine euros in 1300).

Apart from the small ppin LEDs on the edges that do not correspond to the channels - and the problem comes from Steinberg and would be for the next update rgl power in May - this machine quickly becomes indispensable for passing on it. Make music with your ears and not with your eyes (yes, you can not adjust the levels, for example the mouse without looking at the screen).


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

Mackie Control
It's stunning to see the faders move.

Getting started requires a good hour. Completely replaces the console keyboard.

One small snag in Cubase, I think we can not save the movement of faders on several tracks but both may be I am wrong.

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

Mackie Control
A beautiful table trs Control twelve o'clock finally compatible with SONAR XL 2.1
Only downside, its price: in 1614 about 10,500 FF for former ...
Installation ...

For users of Sonar, you must have version 2.1
Otherwise it's simple .. MIDI In, MIDI OUT, 220 and it works!
Use ...

In practice, it is a good "remote control".
Indeed, the edition of the tracks is much more intuitive ...
Recording is accde all functions of the software:
Arm the tracks for the sound audio, rglage level between dplacement in the project, control of Mark Punch (auto or not), etc ...
Finally a tool that makes us forget the keyboard shortcuts ...! ! ! ! !

In monitoring, ... It's rgal.
Everything is controllable. Volume at the Pan through the possibility to edit plug directly select each track ...

Automation of all functions complte Mute, Solo, Pan, Volume (Gnial a move!), Fx, ETC ...

Possibility to customize the shortcut keys as you wish according to your needs the most common ...

Oh by the way! Do not think it is limited eight-track.
Indeed one eight physical tracks but with the Bank button you jump from 8 in 8 or 1 in 1 with Chanel.

Moral: the control XT (eight-track the extension) is not true intrressante given an award just infrieure the Control ...!
In short!

For the price, it could aurra esprer an audio interface to replace the card digital audio (in the spirit of the HUI).
But hey! Even when it was a beautiful table control with the added bonus of a 100mm faders trs very precise, and motoriss ...

Whatever software you use (well a Socit shall decide to adapt the hardware for anything other than Pro Tools or Cubase) you will find a compagon game which you will want to stop!