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Alesis MasterControl FireWire Audio Interface and Control Surface

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The Alesis MasterControl eliminates your need for individual analog preamps, digital audio interfaces, speaker switching and routing units, mixing and transport-control surfaces, hardware volume contr... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Alesis MasterControl eliminates your need for individual analog preamps, digital audio interfaces, speaker switching and routing units, mixing and transport-control surfaces, hardware volume controls, and more. The only piece of gear you need to input all of your sources into your DAW; the only piece of gear you need to control recording and editing; and the only piece of gear you need to run tracking and mixing sessions is MasterControl. It even comes with two powerful recording and production programs: Steinberg Cubase LE 4 and Ableton Live Lite 7, so you can start recording immediately.

Master Audio Interface
MasterControl is a 24-bit/192kHz low-latency audio interface. It's capable of nearly any input type with the ability to expand its input capability, and also has generous output section. Featuring low-latency FireWire computer connectivity for Mac and PC, a single cable carries all audio and control data from MasterControl to your DAW. MasterControl contains eight analog inputs; inputs one and two offer XLR connection, high-definition, discrete-design preamplifiers, 48V phantom power, and channel inserts. Inputs 3 through 8 contain 1/4" TRS line inputs. MasterControl's input section can be expanded to handle up to 24 simultaneous inputs, including dual ADAT Lightpipe, coaxial, and optical S/PDIF. Six analog outputs and 16-channel MIDI I/O further extend MasterControl's impressive I/O capabilities.

Extensive Control Surface
Along with its comprehensive input capabilities, the Alesis MasterControl also provides hands-on control for tracking and editing. Multiple banks of assignable controllers enable access to over 50 software parameters in real time.

Nine touch-sensitive and motorized 100mm faders deliver the ease of mixing that a mouse simply can't rival. MasterControl has 8 assignable knobs that access 3 control banks, and two rows of 8 assignable buttons that access two control banks each. Dedicated transport controls and a multifunction jog wheel complete the control package.

MasterControl's DSP-driven internal mixer enables hardware-direct monitoring with no discernable latency. It employs the industry-standard Mackie HUI protocol for communication with all popular DAW software, and requires no mapping. MasterControl also enables editing of templates and presets for customization. A large dedicated display provides real-time visual feedback of all actions and a preview button allows safe audition of controls prior to sending commands to the DAW.

Control Room Management
MasterControl's monitor management section enables you to easily switch between multiple sets of monitor loudspeakers for easy mix-translation checks. An internal talkback microphone that can be engaged from the control surface or using an optional footswitch, enables easy communication with musicians while tracking.

Three pairs of independently assignable stereo outputs with dedicated mute buttons make A/B monitoring a snap. All sources are assignable through any and all output pairs. Dual independently assignable headphone outputs with independent gain controls further extend the output capabilities of MasterControl.

Superior Audio Processing

MasterControl employs an advanced DICE II chip with JetPLL technology for ultra low-jitter, which greatly improves imaging and decreases digital noise. As digital audio devices are added to a system, they increasingly create system-additive audio-band clock jitter. Variation between device clocks can actually fall outside the ability of some devices to cope, causing failure. JetPLL's tolerance of wide variations in clock frequencies keeps your digital gear in sync. This technology ensures the highest possible converter performance.

Software and System Compatibility
MasterControl comes with a powerful software suite for recording and sequencing. It includes Steinberg Cubase LE and Ableton Live Lite software, giving you a wide range of music production and performance capabilities. MasterControl is compatible with all popular DAWs, virtual instruments, and other audio software on Mac and PC.


8 built-in analog inputs: 2 XLR mic preamp inputs with phantom power and channel inserts, 6 TRS 1/4" line inputs 
S/PDIF and dual S/MUX ADAT Lightpipe inputs make it expandable to up to provide 26 total recording inputs
192kHz analog recording/playback capability
6 analog outputs: configurable as discrete, 5.1 Surround, or Stereo X 3, with dedicated speaker switching
Nine 100mm motorized faders and eight 360 virtual assignable knobs (three banks each) provide 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)
16-channel MIDI I/O
2 X 16 character LCD provides instant controller feedback and enables customization of knob and button functions
Low-latency FireWire connectivity
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
Pro Coverage
Manufacturer's Warranty
One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
One year or 1500 hour warranty (whichever comes first) on tape heads.
Custome must register purchase online to receive customer registration number and warranty.
(No warranties are sent with product.)

Customer Reviews

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AlesisMasterControl FireWire Audio Interface and Control Surface

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(21 of 37 customers found this review helpful)


Brilliant Mixer/Interface

By Ryan L

from New York City, NY

Comments about Alesis MasterControl FireWire Audio Interface and Control Surface:

I do believe I am the first one anywhere doing a reveiw on this product and I would most deffinately recommend it to anybody in the music business.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


A great piece of kit

By Sub 7

from Boston

Comments about Alesis MasterControl FireWire Audio Interface and Control Surface:

I was really skeptical about the Master Control,because of how little it cost compared to other DAW controllers.It is by far excellent in sound quality and in solid construction.The Master Control is very easy to use.I use it with Logic 9 Pro and it works perfectly.If your looking for a DAW controller and you are on a budget look no further,Because this bit of kit is fantastic on the wallet and ease of use.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Intuitive Work Flow

By Derrilykt Dave

from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Comments about Alesis MasterControl FireWire Audio Interface and Control Surface:

Man, all i have to say is this thing is soooo easy to use. I went from an M-Audio Fast Track Pro to of difference. Recording sessions are so much smoother. The Built in Preamps are not bad by any means though i think I will still be using my Presonus BT DP. I record using Acid Pro 7 and the Mastercontrol works just fine with it.... I would recomend this to anyone serious about home recording studios....

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Alesis MC

By John

from Galveston, Texas

Comments about Alesis MasterControl FireWire Audio Interface and Control Surface:

For the most part I bought it for a better work-flow experience and to my surprise it handle quite well. Especially on Cubase. I use Cubase 5 and Protools 8. With PTls 8 solely the control use only. But I'm not complaining, for what I'm doing it met the need. That's what its all about isn't it? By the way with anything new always has its ups and downs, but on the positive side I believe the Alesis Master Control has great potential. Yes its new to me, but I like the challenge. The Alesis MC gets a thumbs' up.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


on a another level

By happy customer

from Florida

Comments about Alesis MasterControl FireWire Audio Interface and Control Surface:

after spending a close to a year of researching an making sure I spent my money wisely I found that this was the best audio interface/controller out there with out being ripped off and the fact that the mastercontrol has saved me so much time when it came to mixing my music my mouse has pretty much become useless during sessions the mic preamps are of great quality and provide enough power without all the extra cables and studio gear that can get in your way

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


If you have a home studio you need one of these !!!

By Sash

from Keller, TX

Comments about Alesis MasterControl FireWire Audio Interface and Control Surface:

Wow, thats all I can say. It took me a while to figure out how it is setup, the routing and such. But beleive that is the same with any product that does what this thing does. I love the fact that I was able to cut the clutter in my home studio. People think this is pricey ... But go look around and compare the features and you will find that you are getting the best deal , best features for the best price. I like mAudio but I am very happy I purchase Alesis. I use Logic and once I had a template built in Logic for the way I wanted my inputs to be routed, it was done .. I have had this for about a year now and I honestly cannot remember how to do it ... But like I said once it is set it is set ...., I still come across some very useful features and things I didnt know it could do ...., beautiful peice of gear ... I thought maybe because of all the motorized fader and such and the lower price (compared to other controllers/ mixers) it would not last long, but it has ... well - you got to take care of it too .... and Not one problem so far ...., lovee it ! If you are like me, trying to make reduce the foot print that your studio consumes, would like a one peice does it all , hates clutter and would love to have your friends look at this and go .. wow , where is all the cables ... and love to hear them say ... wow .. that is cool.... it can do that !.. yeah you need one of these .....

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