Mackies' Control Surface

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by dabmeister music, Aug 6, 2003.

  1. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

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    Has anyone tried or is currently using the mackie control surface ? I wanted to get an opinion as to how it works and feels coupled w/ cubase sx. I'd like to get rid of the mouse. :cool:
     
  2. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

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    Howdy

    I'm using the Mackie Logic Control. I'll never go back to mouse mixing. I think its not because the LC is so good...rather, its because mouse mixing sucks so badly.

    OK, it doesn't _totally_ suck mixing with a mouse but you can't, for example, turn one thing up while turning another thing down.

    Anyhow, the box is decent enough. Its not built like a piece of Manley gear, the faders are a little wonky and the switches feel like a cheap VCR but, I think its good. It really makes Logic's automation much easier to use.
     
  3. JB3

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    Dabmiester-

    Using a MC (Mackie Control) for three months now (after a shoot-out with Radikal Controller) with Pro-Tools and even though I still use the mouse and keyboard for many editing functions...for mixing, there is nothing like faders.

    The other HUI functions for Pro-Tools are icing on the cake. With the overlays available for most other programs, it just makes life easy...typical Mackie!

    I have had an occasional issue with fader following but nothing that I've ever given the slightest thought to beyond "I need a faster Mac..."

    Buy it somewhere that will give you a trial period/satisfaction guarantee...you won't be returning it...in fact, you just may extend it out to more faders. :roll:

    ...As usual, your mileage may vary.

    ...J
     
  4. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

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    I am using a Behringer DDX3216 digital mixer as a control surface for SX. I get 2 banks of 16 faders, and also a headphone cue generator at the same time!

    Before anyone freaks out and starts Behringer-bashing, nothing in the signal path that goes to tape goes through the Behringer, only the headphone mixes and the control surface, I may be stupid, but not *that* stupid! :)

    Works great, and costs about the same as the MC, but I get lots more faders, plus the headphone cue mix (plus a talkback mic!).
     
  5. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

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    JB3

    What was the difference in your opinion that made you get the Mackie over the Radikal? Just curious as I just recently bought the SAC 2.2 at GC for about $700 bucks..it was a good steal and I like now having motorized faders. Before I was using a Tascam US428 which was nice to begin with but seems like a toy compared to any other controller!

    I happen to like it so far as it's implimentation for Nuendo right now is very nice!

    Opus
     

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