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Mackie Control Universal 8 Channel Master Control Surface

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Product Description

Ever wish you could control Logic Audio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Digital Performer, SONAR and other major audio software, all from a single, hands-on control surface with real knobs and automated faders? With Mackie Control Universal, you can. Mackie Control Universal is much more than a way to balance levels. It gives you realtime control over your music in ways your keyboard and mouse never will. With 100mm Penny+ Giles optical touch faders, a full sized backlit LCD, V-Pots for fast tweaking of effects and plug-ins, a full implementation of Logic Control, and shortcut navigation and editing for all major software including Pro Tools, this is the first and last desktop controller you will ever need. At just a fraction of the cost of other professional systems, with expandability via optional Control Extenders, Mackie Control Universal gives you the perfect hands-on surface to make music faster--no matter what software you use.

Features

  • New full implementation of Emagic Logic Control
  • Digidesign Pro Tools control via HUI
  • 100mm Penny + Giles Motorized Touchfaders
  • Multi-function V-Pots for fast control of panning and effects
  • Comprehensive Automation controls
  • Full Meter Display with track names and parameters
  • 7-segment Timecode display
  • Software-specific Lexan overlays
  • Expandable via optional Mackie Control Extenders and C4 module (coming soon!)
Compatibility
    EMAGIC
    Logic Control

    Status: The Mackie Control Universal and Mackie Control Universal Extender can be upgraded to control Logic media production system in the same manner as the best-selling Logic Control hardware. This translates into the tightest integration with Logic anywhere on the planet.

    DIGIDESIGN
    Pro Tools

    Status: The Mackie Control Universal and Mackie Control Universal Extender with the new Pro Tools Mode now works directly with all Pro Tools systems above Version 4.1, which includes Pro Tools HD, 24Mix, MixPlus, and all Pro Tools LE systems such as Digi001, Digi002, and MBox.

    For those who purchased a Mackie Control Universal on or after March 1, 2003, you will receive your Pro Tools Upgrade Kit for FREE. You will need to supply a copy of your sales receipt and your serial number from your Mackie Control Universal. For those who purchased a Mackie Control Universal before March 1, 2003, Pro Tools Upgrade Kits are just $99 and can be purchased online or through your Mackie dealer.

    MOTU
    Digital Performer

    Status: MOTU supports the Mackie Control Universal and Mackie Control Universal Extender in both DP 3.1 and the new DP4 release. There are Mackie Control Universal-specific icons for MOTU's FreeMIDI setup program, to make connection and interfacing quick and easy.

    Steinberg
    Nuendo

    Status: Mackie Control Universal is supported by Nuendo 1.6.1 and higher. Mackie Control Universal Extender support is planned for the upcoming release of Nuendo 2.0.

    Steinberg
    Cubase SX/SL

    Status: Mackie Control Universal support is currently available in Cubase SX/SL Version 1.03 and higher. Mackie Control Universal Extender support is planned for the very near future.

    Cakewalk
    SONAR 2.2 Update

    Status: Currently, Mackie Control Universal and Mackie Control Universal Extender are supported by SONAR 2.1 and higher.

    Magix
    Samplitude 7.0

    Status: Mackie Control Universal support is available for Samplitude 7.0 and higher. There is no overlay required for using the Mackie Control Universal with Samplitude 7.0.

    RML Labs
    SAWStudio 2.9

    Status: Mackie Control Universal is now supported in the latest Version 2.9 of SAWStudio by RML Labs.

    Adobe Audition
    Status: In May of 2003, Adobe Systems Incorporated acquired the technology assets of Syntrillium Software and eventually released a re-branded version of Cool Edit Pro 2.1 as the new Adobe Audition software. Adobe Audition is the same great Cool Edit Pro that you know and love, along with the addition of enhanced integration with Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects 6.0 software. This transition has not affected the integration and support of the Mackie Control Universal and the existing Syntrillium CoolEdit Pro Lexan overlay (which is still included in each Mackie Control Universal package) still supports all the same functions and nomenclature as before.
    Mackie wishes to welcome Adobe Systems Incorporated to their family of software partners for the Mackie Control Universal!

    APB Tools
    TH-S v2.1

    Status: The new Version 2.1 update of the popular THeater-Surround (TH-S) application by APB Tools now supports both the Mackie Control Universal Extender and the Baby HUI as primary playback controllers. There is no overlay required for use of these controllers with TH-S. The TH-S application is a Mac-based program, and is available for Pro Tools systems and ASIO-compatible software applications.

    Soundscape 32 / Mixtreme
    Status: The Console Manager V1.5 offers full support of the Mackie Control Universal and Mackie Control Universal Extender, as well as the HUI and Baby HUI controllers.

Product Specifications
Dimensions
  • Width: 17.4 inches (441mm)
  • Depth: 17.5 inches (444mm)
  • Height: 3.8 inches (96mm)
  • Weight: 14.57 lbs. (6.61 kg)
Control Universal FAQ from Mackie

What is the difference between a Mackie Control Universal and a Mackie Control?
The Mackie Control Universal merges the Mackie Control and Logic Control technologies into one professional control surface. The Mackie Control Universal will allow you to boot the control surface in one of three modes, Mackie Control, HUI, or Logic Control. The default labeling on the Mackie Control Universal will be for Logic. Lexan overlays are included for each of the other software programs that support the Mackie Control Universal.

How do I update my Mackie Control/Logic Control to a Mackie Control Universal?
Mackie Control and Logic Control users may download a firmware update for their control surface and extenders. This update will allow you to boot the controller in either Mackie Control mode or Logic Control Mode.

Will the Mackie Control Universal include the HUI Mode?
Yes! All new Mackie Control Universals will have HUI Mode for Pro Tools. This means you can use it as a Mackie Control, Logic Control, or HUI/Pro Tools. If you already own a Logic Control or Mackie Control, the Basic Update is free.

What is a "Lexan overlay" and why do I need one?
A Lexan overlay is a thin sheet of polycarbonate that has DAW-specific nomenclature on the front side and an adhesive on the back. It is designed to be placed over the master section of the Mackie Control Universal and associate the buttons and controls with specific software commands.

Lexan overlays included, one each, with the Mackie Control Universal are for Digidesign Pro Tools, MOTU Digital Performer, Cakewalk SONAR, Syntrillium Cool Edit Pro, Steinberg Cubase, and Steinberg Nuendo. All other overlays including for RML Labs SAWStudio are available online. You can request these and any extra Lexan overlays from the Mackie web site. Overlays are $10 each plus a $10 shipping and handling cost for each order.

How do I connect the Mackie Control Universal to my computer?
The Mackie Control Universal is a MIDI device, which means you must have a minimum of one available port (both in and out) on a standard MIDI Interface, connected and running on your computer.

Because of the wide variety of MIDI interfaces available today, ranging from single port Serial/USB interfaces to PCI cards, Mackie Designs makes no official recommendation for a specific type of MIDI interface to be used with Mackie Control Universal.

Can I use the Mackie Control Universal as an audio mixer?
In a sense...Mackie Control Universal will control your virtual mixer that lives within your preferred audio application. As you move the faders on the Mackie Control Universal, you will see the adjustments being made on the screen and you will hear the results through your audio interface. Hence the Mackie Control Universal gives you the feeling that you are using an audio mixer even though no audio signals are actually passing through it.

Are there any options available for use with the Mackie Control Universal?
Yes! You can add more faders to Mackie Control Universal with the Mackie Control Universal Extender. The Mackie Control Universal Extender has all the same features as the regular channel strips on the Mackie Control Universal without the master section. The Mackie Control Universal Extender is designed to let you extend your control surface as desired, while utilizing just one Mackie Control Universal as the master section for a true expandable control surface.

What kind of faders are in the Mackie Control Universal?
The Mackie Control Universal is designed with Penny & Giles custom touch-sensitive motorized optical faders with 100mm throw and 1024 step, 10-bit resolution.

Why should I buy a Mackie Control Universal over the competition?
The Mackie Control Universal offers:
  • Best feature set for the price
  • Most extensive and integrated software support of any controller
  • Custom-built optical faders with 1024-step resolution
  • Traditional analog mixing console ergonomics for a comfortable look and feel
  • Technical support from real live Mackoids

What specific controls in my software will interface with the Mackie Control Universal?
It all depends on the software you use with the Mackie Control Universal and the Lexan overlay contains all the function labels you need to control that specific software application. The default labels on the Mackie Control Universal are for Logic Audio. For all the supported functionality of the Mackie Control Universal respective to your preferred DAW, please refer to the DAW manufacturers' documentation that accompanies the software version that supports Mackie Control Universal. You can usually find this information at the DAW manufacturers' website in the form of Release Notes or as a separate download.

Can I use the Mackie Control Universal with my laptop, or as a mobile studio?
Absolutely! There are a wide variety of USB and FireWire MIDI interfaces that can interface the Mackie Control Universal with your laptop computer. And because the Mackie Control Universal ships with an external AC adaptor for its power supply, it can be used in any country around the world.

How do I get a Logic Control/Mackie Control Lexan overlay for my new Mackie Control Universal?
The new Mackie Control Universal default screening will be for Emagic Logic Audio. If you already own a Mackie Control or Logic Control you can request the appropriate Lexan overlay from the Mackie website. Each overlay is $10 plus $10 shipping and handling per order.



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