Mackie Controller and Samplitude?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Thomas W. Bethel, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    I got a Mackie Control universal to use with Samplitude. So far I have had nothing but problems with it. I bought it to use with my live radio show post production chores but so far it has been more of a problem than I anticipated. It seems to work well with certain parts of Samplitude and not so well with others. The buttons seem to work well MOST OF THE TIME and it seems to be able to do automated faders EXCEPT SOMETIMES and I am not able to figure out why sometimes it works well and other times not. I have been using Samplitude to do most of my acoustical recordings as of late and hoped this additional purchase would prove to be something that it has not. Anyone here on the forum ever tried to use the Mackie with Samplitude and if so what were your reactions to it? I got the Mackie as NOS since it had been returned without being used and the folks at GC could not sell it as NEW. I am not sure whether it is the Mackie or the interface to Samplitude. Any help would be most appreciated.
  2. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    I also use the Mackie with Samp. There is a fair amount of discussion on the Magix forum - it would be worth stopping by there. One key seems to be rebooting the controller once you are in samp and have a project open.

    I have had pretty good success with it for mixing with automation. The only gripe I have is somewhat flaky text display in the LCD screen, and when Samp is set to display milliseconds I get hundredths counting up in the last to digits of the display - the third digit which should be reading tenths just sits on zero.

    One more thing that I have not tested myself, but I read somewhere (might no apply to V8) that the mixer needs to display 8 tracks to synch up properly. The channel increment button shifts tracks two at a time rather than one.

    A few little glitches - but nothing that keeps me from thoroughly enjoying it.
  3. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
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    As Zemlin said, post on the Samp forums- there will be folks that can help you out there.

    I'm going to move this over to the DAW form as it isn't even remotely related to acoustic music...

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