What Hardware Controller Surface???

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by munkee, Oct 11, 2003.

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  1. munkee

    munkee Guest

    I want to upgrade my Controller. I'm looking at the Mackie Universal, JL Cooper, I have even checked out the Tascam FW-1884. The Tascam looks very cool, but I heard it's had some issues with Cubase SX 2.0. I don't really need the midi/audio interface of the 1884 either. Unless someone said it would be worth it to get rid of my current audio/midi interface and go entirely with the 1884. Otherwise, a good contrller is all I want.

    What would you suggest? What companies support their product the best???

    My Setup is:
    Cubase SX 2.0
    Windows XP Pro SP1
    1024 ram
    Delta 66/Omni soundcard
    Midiman Midisport 4x4 interface.
  2. i'm in the same boat as you.. i use nuendo 2.01, nuendo 2.1 tomorrow.. but i want a nice controller.. i've been looking at the mackie mostly.. but i know there has to be some other good controllers out there for good prices.as long as it keeps all my fader settings like the mackie i'm cool
  3. munkee

    munkee Guest

    I notice the Mackie is connected via Midi, While most others are USB. Are there any Pros/Cons when using one or the other???
  4. llornkcor

    llornkcor Active Member

    May 8, 2001
    Brisbane, Australia (originally Boulder, CO, USA)
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    I'ma na get me that there firewire thingy-ma-jooba. Et looks reel good.
  5. munkee

    munkee Guest

    As Usual I took another bit of advice from Mr. Opus(Gary)2000 and purchased a Radikal Tech. SAC 2.2!

    Hey llornkcor2, If your talking the Tascam FW1884 be careful. It is having issues with Cubase SX and Nuendo.
  6. llornkcor

    llornkcor Active Member

    May 8, 2001
    Brisbane, Australia (originally Boulder, CO, USA)
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    hmm, speaking of Tascam, what happened to their forums?
  7. A bit of late input here, but it may be of help to some. I was originally going to do the MAckie control thing - but I ended up buying a Yamaha 01v96 mixer to replace my old 01v's. Beyond just the mixing capabilities, the 01v96 acts as 2 HUI's, and can thus control 16 channels at a time. The 8 user-definable keys allow you to program transport, save/undo and various other DAW functions into the control surface. Quite honestly, for the money, if you're at all thinking of a controller that's going to pass some audio, you may want to think of this guy.

  8. Tbonedeluxe

    Tbonedeluxe Guest

    I've had a Tascam FW 1884 for about a month now. Running it on Sonar 2.2 (have a project to finish before I upgrade to 3).

    It's incredible. I had an Aardvark DirectPro 2496 before and and a studiomix controller and a USB midi interface. They worked fine, but now I've got more channels, more midi, more mic pre's (and nice ones too), and an awesome controller. Sold all my old stuff.

    And if you haven't recorded/mixed with a controller you haven't lived. I'll never use a mouse again (if I can help it).

    Anyway - one firewire hookup, and stable low latency drivers (by Frontier, I think), and great performance. Highly recommended.

  9. algorhythm

    algorhythm Guest

    Personally, I'd go for the Mackie or the Tascam over the Radikal. The Tascam can run Mackie Control emulation mode, or HUI emulation mode, and is a good all-in unit. The Mackie is probably the best solution if you don't need the audio and MIDI. No diss to Opus (who's a long-time bud), but the Radikal has always had issues.
  10. munkee

    munkee Guest

    So far the Radikal has been working great in Cubase SX 2.01 also in Reason. It also has a Mackie mode among others. Tech support has been good too. :c:

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