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Moving from analog mixer to control surface... how to???

Discussion in 'Consols & Control Surfaces' started by johnnyp, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. johnnyp

    johnnyp Guest

    I currenntly have a studio with (2) Protools HD 192 systems. A Toft AT32 mixer, 3 focusrite Octopres, 2 sets of monitors and a bunch of patch bays and outboard gear.

    The only thing I use the Toft for is 2 channels out and for a talkback. Also, it looks cool :)

    Everything works great but Im ready to move on to a nice control surface like the CONTROL24 or the Mackie Universal Pro board with the extenders. I hate using a mouse for everything!

    My question is... how is everything going to hook up? how do I start with things like TALKBACK mics, headphone mixes (I have a great headphone amp setup, the Furman HDS-6) reference monitors, etc. Can that all be done through the Protools HD systems or do I still need some sort of mixer to make all that happen? Im really lost how thats all going to work...

    Any info you need about my setup let me know. I came into this studio with everything already setup and am pretty new to the MAC and Protools side.

  2. hueseph

    hueseph Distinguished Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I've never used the Control 24 but from the website it looks like it connects to the 192 via RJ45 Ethernet cable(aside from the D-Sub connectors for I/O). Cool. Only one very light and thin cable. Talkback/Listenback is all done via XLR connector so you should be able to set this up through your headphone amp without any issues.

    It looks like a bargain for all that it does but again, I've never used one. Hope it all works out for you.
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    johnnyp, You laid out most of the short cummings of using a basic control surface.

    I am also jumping ship from an analog console. I too was looking at just a control surface but need more than what they provide. The price for a good control surface is up there with digital mixers that provide most if not all the things that a control surface lacks.

    I just pulled the trigger on a Tascam DM-4800 digital mixer. Not as cool looking as a big analog console, but still has the cool looking studio wow factor. This will now be my audio interface, MIDI interface, control surface, digital format converter, audio mixer and a patchbay all in one. And while it will do so much more than my analog console, it takes up at least 1/3 less space to boot.

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