Alesis have introduced their MasterControl Audio Interface and Control Surface.
The MasterControl is a professional audio interface and recording control surface, providing up to 44.1 - 192 kHz recording capability directly to your computer via ultra-fast, low latency FireWire connectivity. The audio interface features 2 mic (XLR) inputs with Phantom Power and channel inserts, 6 line (TRS) inputs, and boasts plenty of expansion capability; a total potential of 26 simultaneous inputs with the additional S/PDIF and dual S/MUX ADAT Lightpipe inputs (18 total digital inputs at 44.1/48 kHz or 10 at 88.2/96 kHz).
The outputs on the MasterControl are impressive as well, featuring six analog outputs, configurable as 5.1 Surround or three separate stereo outputs. With dedicated speaker switching, the MasterControl allows you to dynamically select between different monitor combinations to check your mixing references on different speakers.
In addition to being an audio interface, the MasterControl functions as a fully featured control surface for hands-on, dedicated control over your HUI-compatible DAWs and external MIDI devices. Each of the 8 channels strips is equipped with dedicated Solo, Record-Enable, Mute, and Select buttons for quick access to the most essential channel strip functions.
The jog wheel can be used to shuttle, zoom and enter data, and is complemented by a dedicated transport control section. The two banks of eight fully-assignable buttons provide different functions for setting markers, loop points and automation modes, while nine 100mm motorized faders and eight 360-degree virtual assignable knobs (three banks each allowing control over 24 different parameter), give you convenient control over your DAWâ€™s parameters.
Removable, customizable templates provide a visual overview of all preset operations and all presets are fully editable and configurable.
Alesis say that the MasterControl is designed as a complete solution for all your recording and mixing needs and also features a built-in talkback microphone, a Preview button allowing you to preview knob, button and fader adjustments before sending them to your DAW, and full MIDI I/O interface.
In addition, the MasterControl comes bundled with Cubase LE and is compatible with most popular DAW software products on the market today. Features
8 Built-in analog inputs â€“ 2 XLR mic preamp inputs with Phantom Power and channel inserts, 6 TRS 1/4" line inputs
192kHz analog recording / playback capability
6 analog outputs â€“ configurable as discrete, 5.1 Surround, or Stereo X 3, with dedicated speaker switching
Nine 100mm motorized faders and eight 360Â° virtual assignable knobs (three banks each) Provides instant access to 28 different parameters on every DAW channel
2 banks of 8 fully-assignable buttons provide 16 different functions per preset (setting markers and loop points, setting automation modes, cut/copy/paste)
Expandable audio inputs for up to 26 simultaneous inputs. S/PDIF and dual S/MUX ADAT Lightpipe inputs provide 18 additional recording inputs
16 channels MIDI I/O
2 X 16 character LCD provides instant controller feedback and enables customization of knob and button functions
Fully-editable presets allow for instantaneous, dedicated control over DAWs (HUI-compatible) and external MIDI devices
Removable, customizable templates provide total visual overview of preset operation
Preview button shows knob, button, and fader parameters before sending them out to DAW
Built-in talk-back microphone and control-surface based cue mix setup
Bundled with Cubase LE software and compatible with most digital audio workstation software products