January 2, 2008

Euphonix control surface...

by Chris Randall

The MC Control (and its lil' halfling brother the MC Mix) are in the Sweatwater store now for preorder. $1499 gets you four faders, a jog and transport, and a very nice touch-screen display. More faders in banks of eight for $999. Nuendo and Cubase 4 come with EuCon, but I can't speak for other DAWs, so it's debatable whether you can actually work this if you're a Pro Tool or whatever.

Complaints? Sure. I'm left handed. Euphonix hates me, and always has. Mac only until some time Real Soon Now, which in Euphonix-speak could easily mean "never." But if you're in the market for a control surface, and you can fit this in to your workflow, get it instead of some dumb-ass Mackie bullshit. It's only $500 more, but easily $5000 better. And then, when you sell shit on eBay, you can put "from Euphonix studio..." in the description.



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Jan.02.2008 @ 11:25 AM
Note that the new Mackie controller sells at $1,199 so it's only $300 more. Although the fader expansion is $300 more than the Mackie expander.

Jan.02.2008 @ 11:33 AM
Chris Randall
The price difference isn't really important. What's important is that this _isn't_ made by Mackie.



Jan.02.2008 @ 11:50 AM
Now you are taking this Mackie thing too far. Their control surface (read: control surface) doesn't even see your signals, and as far as I can tell the ppc (price-per-control, not particle projection cannon) is WAY lower on what looks to be a perfectly usable and fully integrated (not MIDI either) controller. What's the beef?

Did Mackie beat up one of your friends in highschool or something?

I feel like an idiot for letting your comment actually make me sink to the level of defending some inanimate piece of metal and plastic.. but the only product I have seen so far that actually seems to increase workflow MORE than the MHUI is that Dexter unit.

Also not worth the extra dough, IMO.

Oh, and Happy New Year


Jan.02.2008 @ 11:58 AM
Chris Randall
You're sorely mistaken. There is no such thing as "too far." Unless we're talking about people with 8-string basses playing the Mario theme.



Jan.02.2008 @ 12:41 PM
Logic Pro has EuCon (Express does not). Just spoke with someone I know at Sweetwater. They are expecting these in 8-10 weeks, no sooner (so probably longer). Also, in the same email i was told the Blofeld is still at least a month away.

I have a Mackie Control Pro and i am am generally happy with it. I did try and purchase not one but two C4 expanders and the both booted up with the sweet smell of burning transistors before dying completely on first attempted run. That would be my issue with non signal processing Mackie gear. Replaced that with an SL Zero which is generally OK.

Right now i am saying i will pass on this (no desk space if nothing else) but i am sure i will have an order in the system in no time.


Jan.02.2008 @ 1:27 PM
I got my MC open box or refurb at Zzounds for like 800 and it has thus far performed as expected. One dud bar on the time-display LED but I can live with that. But I definitely wouldn't want to pay more than I did, and even then it really strikes me as a $600 value at best. That is, if you don't despise everything Mackie. Which may be a justified bias; I wouldn't know since my experience with their product doesn't extend beyond this.

Jan.02.2008 @ 3:50 PM
Adam Schabtach
So, if matrixsynth is posting vids of the Blofeld, why is it still a month away? And is anyone beside me getting leery of a synth that was supposed to be out nine months ago, and made by a company that shipped a flagship keyboard without finishing it and then went bankrupt? Maybe I'm just paranoid.



Jan.02.2008 @ 4:45 PM
There are some non-beta tester Blofeld owners in the States. Maybe Waldorf only had the scrilla for a small first run, maybe their manufacturer's flaky, who knows? Emails on the Waldorf list indicate that the Blofeld is functionally complete and thoroughly tested, with only a few niggles to redress {most notably, patches taken from the Micro Q need to be rescaled, but they're working on a dedicated Blofeld soundset}. So, it's not vaporware {finally} and Waldorf appear to be getting it right.

Jan.02.2008 @ 5:50 PM
Chris, are you sure about Cubase 4 supporting EuCon?

I can't find any info on this anywhere..?


Jan.02.2008 @ 6:44 PM
Adam Schabtach
Ah, cool, I'm glad to hear that the Blofeld vapor has solidified. :-) It is near the top of the shopping list, currently.



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