Available next month in the U.S., the Mackie Control Universal(MSRP: $1,299) combines the functionality of Mackie Control, EmagicLogic Control and Mackie’s HUI protocol into a universalcontroller.
The Mackie Control Universal features full implementation ofEmagic’s Logic Audio, as well as the entire family of DAWsoftware currently supporting the Mackie Control, including DigidesignPro Tools, Cakewalk Sonar, Magix Samplitude and Sequoia, MOTU DigitalPerformer, RML Labs Saw Studio, Steinberg Cubase SX/SL and Nuendo,Syntrillium Cool Edit Pro and APB Tools TH-S software.
Design and layout for the new Mackie Control Universal is nearlyidentical to the previous Mackie Control and Logic Control. It featureseight channel strips each with 100mm Penny + Giles optical touch faderand V-Pot for fast tweaking of effects and plug-ins. Also included is afull-size backlit LCD, and shortcut navigation and editing for allmajor software functions. The stock silk screen will now correspond toLogic Audio functions, while software-specific master section overlayswill continue to be available to customize the unit to other supportingDAWs.
With this product announcement, Mackie is offering several upgradepackages that will allow existing Mackie Control or Logic Controlowners to retrofit their current system with cross-platformcompatibility. Mackie has also made the recently announced HUI/ProTools upgrade available for existing Logic Control owners.
For more on the upgrades, visit www.mackie.com.