Sonic State Studio / Digital Mixers / MACKIE Control Universal

Average rating: 10.0/10 out of 10

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Nathaniel Essex a part-timer user from USA writes:
First unit I got worked fine except for the fact that the first fader did not work (screwed up motor). I was immediately sent a replacement, and luckily for me (I guess), it was the newer Control Universal. Flipped in on, the faders danced properly, and I was in business.

How anyone could mix without a control surface is beyond me. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, but the moment you are able to get your hands on one, DO IT! It makes mixing SO much easier. Granted, there are some things where you have to use the mouse or keyboard, or it's faster to do so, but for most functions the controller will do it more smoothly and sometimes quicker.

Bad points: sluggish meters. Granted, I'm staring at the onscreen faders 99% of the time, but sometimes you just tire of looking at that big screen. They're slow, but useful. Also, it's totally dependent on the individual software makers to create layouts for it (a plus with the Universal as opposed to the older version is that they actually ship a CDROM with manuals for using it with the various programs). That's really it for bad points. It's just an extremely well designed piece. And for PT potentials, the Mackie has both a save button and a jog/shuttle wheel, both receiving extensive use from me. Add those smooth, great feeling faders, and you have a winner on your hands. Peace

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Friday, 26-Dec-03 at 23:36
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