#1
Anybody use one to mix with?

I'm looking into buying a control surface with motorized faders for Presonus Studio One (and Reaper too I guess). Current plan is to buy a Mackie Control Universal Pro off of ebay for ~$350 when I get done more money. I would buy the Behringer BCF2000 because it's cheap, but the faders jump too much and are loud in the videos I've seen. The Korg nanokontrol2 looks nice at $60 but the faders aren't motorized, so that seems pointless for mixing.

If anyone has suggestions or wants to talk about them, go for it!
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#2
I'm sorta interested in this as well and have been looking around but haven't tried anything yet. What I've noticed so far are the Behringer X-Touch Compact (whenever that actually comes out!!), the Presonus Faderport or the Behringer Motor-49 keys.

For non-motorised faders, you could try the Novation Zero SL MkII

Again these are just options, but I'm curious anyway
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#3
I have a Mackie Control Universal.

It's a pretty cool little control surface, but it can take a while to setup for your workflow, especially with Reaper and Studio One. The Behringer is actually a pretty solid unit, but it doesn't have individual displays for each channel, which is a total deal breaker for me.

I actually rarely use my MCU, though. I'd use it more if I had 2 more of them, but I feel like, even with 8 channels, I find myself switching between channel banks too much and things just get confusing. I mostly bought mine to control my plugins and I find it more of a hassle to figure out where the hell I am and what I'm doing than to just click on the screen with the mouse and move parameters. To be fair, I don't think anything short of a full-blown console will really meet my needs at this point.

For automation, the motorized faders are a must. I wouldn't even consider buying anything else, if that's something you think you'll use frequently. The jog wheel on the MCU is a must, too IMO.

For me, I think just getting the BCR-2000 and a Faderport would be a decent compromise. It's cool to be able to control all of the volumes and automation at once with the motorized faders on the MCU, but I honestly rarely use more than one at a time. All the rotary knobs of the BCR-2000 would be more beneficial for me, for plugin control. Still no display, but considering they're so cheap, I think I could get used to it
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#4
I don't use one, partly because of space and partly because I don't think I'd use it enough to justify the expense for a decent one. Haven't tried the Behringer stuff, or higher end stuff but I had a Presonus Faderport for a few months and sold it on - the latency was far too noticeable when writing automation data, compared to just writing it in with a mouse (which is time-consuming but far more accurate as a result of no delay in writing) and the motorized fader I could use to write automation was pretty much the only reason I got it in the first place.

Fortunately, for me, the re-sell price for them has been pretty stable for years so I got back the same, maybe even more, than what I paid for it.

Would recommend trying some out, but from my own experience alone I wouldn't recommend the Faderport to anybody unless it integrates into their DAW a lot better than it does with Logic Pro (can't see how using something other than Mackie HUI system and another DAW would improve the latency of the fader though).
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#5
Does the Mackie or Behringer have motorized pan? It would seem odd to go from channel to channel without the pan knob changing. Though I guess I don't really need that feature, I usually set the pan with the mouse or do my automation and leave it.
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Man, Behringer's control surfaces look awesome but I already have a touch screen and I put my mixer on there and it acts just like a control surface so that would be a silly purchase.
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#8
I just use the DAW on-screen interface. I use a Kensington trackball mouse which allows smoother and more accurate dialing of knobs/sliders.

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^Me too. I use the Bamboo to shape MIDI CC parameters to add realism to sample VI's.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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