I need a physical controller for Pro Tools!

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by dirtysouthstunta, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Hello, I have been using the m-box with pro tools le for a while now. I want to have a huge board in front of me to control what I see on my screen instead of moving the mouse all the time. I know digi design makes some small one with like 8 or 16 tracks, but I want something big, like the ICON (maybe not THAT big)... and of course the ICON is way out of my price range. Can somebody tell me how all that works? What kind of boards to I have to buy in order to make it control pro tools, and for example if I draw some automation on protools, it will make the board adjust the faders according automatically as the song plays. I don't even know what the boards are officially called. Can somebody just give me some information on how I can go about doing this??? Thanks!
  2. mark_van_j

    mark_van_j Active Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    Maribor, Slovenia
    Check out the Tascam US 2400. It's gotten poor reviews, but it's about as big as I can think of at the moment.
  3. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Look for a control 24, or the smaller ICON surface, the D-Command.
  4. that doesn't have motorized faders right? Will it save my settings? If I open a new session will the faders go to where they are supposed to automatically?
  5. Jimi_London

    Jimi_London Guest

    You may want to check out the Mackie. It can be expanded to at least 24 faders.

  6. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    Actually go to sweetwater.com and read up on it. I believe it does have motorized faders, and the knobs have meters around them that you can use for metering, and some plug settings I believe. I messed around on one for about 15 minutes, its was ok, not huge but does have about as many faders as I would use, also has pan controls and a few other nice little features. I don't think it controls much besides eq and compression but again you may want to read up on it.
  7. overlookfran

    overlookfran Guest

    i have an older mackie HUI which is still supported. it rules. i might consider selling it...
  8. hociman

    hociman Active Member

    May 29, 2005
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    At the risk of coming across as an undercutter...

    The studio I work for does have a Mackie HUI for sale. Send me a message if you are interested.
  9. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    I use a Behringer BFC2000 and BCR2000. The appeal here is price point. I've read they work by emulating the HUI in ProTools. They are cheap, very flexible (can operate DAW, MIDI gear, MMC, VSTi, etc.) and the faders are actually really nice, fully automated 100mm. The rotaries are endless with a handy LED ring so everything is 100% "restorable" and visual. You can take snapshots, load setups, and a zillion other things. If you can afford an ICON great but if you're trying to get into a controller for $200-ish then I don't think anything can beat the BFC2000. The rotaries on the BFC are also "dual function", i.e. clickable like a button. Very cool, the controls feel very nice and the unit is USB with full support for MIDI I/O, footswtich, etc. It's easy to map any of the controls, including the footpedal to any function in your DAW in a variety of ways including "learn" mode which is a no brainer. :D

    I haven't used it in ProTools but here's what I've read:
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  10. Thank you everybody! I've been doing some reserch, and I think I'm giong to end up getting the digidesign command 8. :D
  11. WOW!!! only $200, can it really be a good controller for only $200?
  12. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    I like it. It's decent quality with nice faders and tactile rotaries. It has some advantages over some units, for example the TASCAM 1884 has no visual indicators on the rotaries (???) but the rotary LEDS on the behringer are awesome, visible from across the room in fact. I like the USB MIDI I/O/THRU and dual footswitches.

    It's not a replacement for a full blown pro surface but it's got a lot of kick for the buck and the automation is top notch. Godo drivers, firmware upgrades from the Behringer site, etc. They even give away a free PC based editor for the BFC.

    It also acts as standalone MMC control for any gear with MMC such as stage light controllers and external processors. And best of all it works for VSTis, so for example it's great as a drawbar control for your hammond or an editor for your drumkits... :)
  13. Matt_Trix

    Matt_Trix Guest

    Re: HUI

    Hey Hociman, could you please email me at matt@nospam soundendeavour.com if the Mackie HUI is still available?

    Obviously remove the "nospam " from the address.

    Thanks! :)


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