Mackie Controller question?

Discussion in 'Location Recording' started by siog, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. siog

    siog Active Member

    Hi all,

    I have a choice between a new Mackie Control Universal Pro* at EUR 1,200 or a used Mackie Universal Controller eMagic** for EUR 400. Naturally, the used one seems more attractive but can anyone advise if it will integrate as well with Sonar 8.5 as the newer model will?

    Many thanks for advice!

    * Mackie Control Universal Pro Expandable DAW Controller
    ** Mackie Universal Controller Usb For Sale in Galway from travelman
     
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    I've got an old used non pro version a couple of weeks ago. I'm happy with it. Make sure you have the sonar lexan overlay with it. Mine did'nt have it so I taped taged the buttons to fit the sonar fonctions. It has midi communication only but It was very easy to make it work with sonar X3.. I think it will be the same with 8.5. The only thing it needs is a DAW compatible with the mackie control protocol in the controller settings.

    My only downside is that the faders are a bit noisy when they move. When I get time I'll check if they need lubrication.
     
  3. siog

    siog Active Member

    Good to hear. Where/how do I get the Sonar Lexan overlay? When you say it has midi connection only - do I connect it to the audio interface or to the main computer?
    Thanks!
     
  4. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    The overlay usually comes in the package but it can be missing if You buy used.

    If You buy a midi version, You connect it to a midi interface (whether it's included to your audio interface or an stand alone unit)


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  5. siog

    siog Active Member

    Are there different versions? I rarely use midi.
     
  6. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Older Mackie controls are Midi only. If you have a midi interface, you're ok but it takes both midi in/out. So if you need to use other external midi device, you'd need another midi interface.

    Anyway, if you buy a new version, they come with USB connection (which is its own midi controler)

    Just check the specs before you buy ;)
     
  7. siog

    siog Active Member

    Seller says this used one has USB - roughly what year does this make it and should it work okay with Sonar do you think?
    http://www.adverts.ie/mixing-desks/mackie-universal-controller-usb/2586156
     
  8. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    As I said earlier, the usb version comes with its own midi controler. What it meens is that when you install the drivers and plug the usb cable the controler will become available in sonar. You go in the controler settings, click new, choose Mackie control as the type, then choose in and out to the mackie control ports (created via USB). If you are still insecure, you can go in the controler settings without having the controller to check if you see mackie control in the list. This will confirm that the 8.5 version is compatible (of course you one find the in and out ports unless you connect the unit)
     
  9. siog

    siog Active Member

    Much appreciated - you've been very helpful :)
     

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