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ProjectMix I/O

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M-Audio ProjectMix I/O is a control surface combined with a FireWire 18x14 audio interface that turns your computer into a complete digital production station. Features include 9 touch-sensitive motor... Read More

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Overview

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O is a control surface combined with a FireWire 18x14 audio interface that turns your computer into a complete digital production station. Features include 9 touch-sensitive motorized moving faders and 8 assignable endless rotary encoder knobs for channel or plug-in functions. I/Os include: 8 switchable phantom-powered analog mic/line inputs (XLR and 1/4" TRS balanced) with switchable phantom power and signal/peak LEDs; 8x8 ADAT Lightpipe; MIDI with activity LEDs; 2x2 S/PDIF coaxial optical/digital; 4 analog outputs (1/4" TRS balanced); 2 stereo headphone outputs (1/4" TRS) with independent level controls; and one front-panel instrument input (1/4" TS) switchable for input one.

Each channel on this M-Audio Controller features mic/line, record enable, select, solo, and mute buttons. Channels and banks are selected via ± keys. A zoom key is included, with 4 directional keys, as well as dedicated keys for in/out points, locate, region nudge, and more.

Illuminated transport controls and a jog/shuttle wheel with a mode switch allow effortless navigation. The M-Audio ProjectMix control surface includes dedicated keys for in/out points, locate, region nudge, loop, and more. LED displays clearly display each channel's status. Word clock I/O (BNC) is supported. Compatible with Mackie Control, Logic Control, and HUI protocols plus support for most other popular applications.

Features
  • Records audio directly into Pro Tools M-Powered industry-standard format
  • Use with Live, Logic, Cubase, Digital Performer and SONAR with total compatibility
  • Assignable rotary encoders provide control of mixes, effects, and synths
  • FireWire control surface and 18-in x 14-out audio
  • interface10-bit touch-sensitive motorized moving faders
  • 8 mic/line inputs (XLR and 1/4" TRS balanced) with switchable phantom power and signal-peak LEDs
  • LCD display shows full track and parameter status
  • Dedicated transport controls and jog/scrub wheel for seamless session flow
  • 8 x 8 ADAT Lightpipe I/O
  • 2 x 2 S/PDIF coaxial optical I/Os
  • 2 stereo headphone outputs (1/4" TRS outputs)
  • Front-panel instrument input (1/4" TS) switchable for input one
  • Function LED for each channel
  • MIDI I/O with activity LEDs
  • Kensington lock port
  • Mackie Control
  • Logic Control
  • HUI protocols plus support for most other popular applications
  • Kensington lock port
  • Package includes:
  • ProjectMix I/O
  • 1 FireWire cable (6-pin to 6-pin)
  • 1 FireWire cable (6-pin to 4-pin)
  • Power supply
  • Ableton Live Lite 4 software CD
  • FireWire family driver CD
  • Quick Start guide
  • PDF manual
Specifications
  • Control
  • 8 touch-sensitive motorized channel faders
  • 1 touch-sensitive motorized master fader
  • 8 assignable rotary encoders and large LCD for channel or plug-in functions
  • record enable, select, solo and mute buttons on each channel
  • Channel +/- and bank +/- keys
  • Illuminated transport controls for record, play, stop, fast forward and rewind
  • Jog/scrub wheel with mode switch
  • Zoom key with 4 directional keys
  • Dedicated keys for in/out points, locate, region nudge, loop and more
  • A/B headphone source switch for cue auditioning
  • function LED display for each channel
  • I/O
  • 8 analog mic/line inputs (1/4" TRS and XLR balanced) each with signal/peak indicators and mic/line switch
  • 4 analog outputs (1/4" TRS balanced)
  • ADAT Lightpipe I/O
  • Front panel instrument input (1/4" TS) switchable for input 1
  • S/PDIF digital I/O
  • 1 x 1 MIDI I/O with activity LEDs
  • FireWire (IEEE 1394) connectivity
  • Word clock I/O (BNC)
  • Phantom power
  • 2 stereo headphone outputs (1/4" TRS) with independent level controls
  • Kensington lock port
  • Compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered 7, Ableton Live 5^, Logic*, Cubase*, Digital Performer*^ and SONAR*^.
  • * DAW software version must support Mackie Control, Logic Control or HUI protocol.
  • ^ Support provided after product launch via free downloadable firmware upgrade; see this page and Support>Drivers section soon for availability.
  • Pro Tools M-Powered 7 or greater
  • All Pro Tools systems (MIDI control only)
  • Logic*
  • Cubase*
  • Ableton Live 5 or greater^
  • Digital Performer*^
  • SONAR*^
  • ASIO 2
  • GSIF 2
  • Core Audio
  • * DAW software version must support Mackie Control, Logic Control or HUI protocol.
  • ^Support provided after product launch via free downloadable firmware upgrade; see this page and Support>Drivers section soon for availability.
  • Dimensions: 25-2/5"W x 22"D x 9-1/10"H
  • Weight: 15.9 lbs.
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4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

GREAT.... IN THEORY

By ROCK'N OUT PRODUCTIONS

from Sch'dy NY

We'll its been 4 months, trying to get this thing to work, im on my 3rd unit and its going back again,(29days DIED, 38days line and signal noise with nothing plugged in on channel 4, 28 days no motorized faders and no lcd screen (and using the faders ****ed up automations to a whole mix... ahh 4hrs of corrections. gotta say the whole keyboard and mouse seem alot more reliable especially if you can learn the shortcuts and stuff, other than that horrible techsupport and obviously poor internal quality its a good idea but they just don't work, and did i mention the unit also created issues of upgrading my OS and technically being required to now upgrade my DAW, if it wasn't for the shuttle wheel and the time that saves gating tracks i'd say the unit is completly useless

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5.0

Everything I hoped it would be

By Lazarus

from Syracuse, UT

This thing is sweet. Really a step up from any of the other M-audio products in the past. Sturdy construction and great functionality. If you're looking for an affordable interface the project mix is a must have. The only thing I wish it had is an undo button.

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Deal Around!

By The Street King

from Chicago,IL

I thought that with this I would deal better with Pro Tools, and I was right. It cuts my mix-downs 3/4's of the time. I am flying through projects. Also it makes it easier to record, and the Pre-amp on this is very good. I use a Rode NT2-A mic and I get great sound! I use four monitors Pair of BX5's and a pair of BX8's, and it was just slightly difficult at first to sort out the outputs but as long as you use the readme file you'll be ok! Plus I spent $1000 less than if i would have bought DIGI 003. I definately suggest setting this!

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

M-Audio Strikes Again

By Cram

from New Jersey

You can't go wrong with this Project Mix...... It virtually controls all of your programs, with little to no learning curve, accurate controls, great functionality, sound, and is built to last!!!! I have used Cubase, Protools, M-Powered Protools, Live, Sony, and this is the best controller I have used thus far. It is the greatest if not my best investment.

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(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

this is the only one

By scrappy jonez

from san antonio

i bought the project mix after a year of researching it and others. i put it to work as a mixing board with pro tools 7 and it made life so much easier. the ease of the controls and the precistion of the faders made the mix i worked on sound like it was done right. if you need a center piece for your home studio, look no further...this is the real deal.

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(30 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

M-Audio's Greatest Creation

By Producer 615

from Nashville,Tn

The M-Audio ProjectMix I/O is A great controller with motorized faders and Mackie Control support with an integrated audio interface that all connects via FireWire. It basicly does everything,Serves as Mission Control for your DAW based studio. The Project Mix gives you audio I/O, MIDI I/O, Word Clock, and mic preamps all seamlessly integrated into a slick, motorized-fader equipped control surface. It also serves as a compatible interface face for ProTools via M-Powered version 7 and above. Everybody who's professionally involved in music needs one of these, or Anyone sick of having to mix with a mouse or Anyone who wants an interface that supports every major DAW including ProTools. The Sound is Amazing, Not only do you have the quality of having control over multiple faders, EQ and plug-in parameters but it also, can help bring up the quality of your mixing as well, or at least make it more fun. What really makes this audio interface & control surface great is that it Performs excellent, and it costs less than some control surfaces that don't include an audio interface. Plus the layout is simple and not cramped, the buttons, knobs and faders feel great. Also, there is a instrument in as well as two headphone outs on the front of the unit,making easier to access. Basicly everything is great only one slight annoyance is that you have to turn the unit off and then back on to switch to different DAW modes (Live, ProTools, Logic, etc.). But as long as the application supports the Mackie Control Protocol you don't really need to make this switch.Also, you only get two LEDs for metering (Signal and Clip), but you can press the MTR button and the scribble screen becomes a high resolution meter. But Overall M-Audio has made an exquisite musical masterpiece for an incredible price. If you are looking for a control surface you will most certainly need to check it out! In My opinion its the best interface out there for its price.

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All in one

By Umbrellah Entertainment

from Columbus,Ohio

The project mix I/O is the ultimate all in one solution for the home or project studio. I guess that is why m-audio called the project I/O. M-audio did the control surface/interface platform the best hands down. It allows you run Protools,DP5,Sonar,Cubase,Live and Logic- need I say more. Motorized faders,sturdy contruction,great I/O,LCD, and wonderful studio eye candy, c'mon you can't beat that at $1249.99.

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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Project Mix--Practical Applications

By Parks

from Upstate New York

I purchased the M-Audio project mix as an upgrade for my project/home studio's increasingly outdated Mackie VLZ-1202Pro and M-Audio Audiophile Delta 24/96. The Projectmix I/O has a lot of strong selling points, including 8 microphone preamps (4 more than it's closest competitor and big cousin, the Digi 002), Adat Lightpipe compatibilities, and Wordclock connections for those of you who might wish to upgrade to better converters. The Projectmix I/O also is stronger than the aforementioned Digi 002 in that it isn't as limited in the applications that it functions with. The piece was extremely easy to set up, and communicates well with Pro Tools M-Powered, which is the application I essentially purchased the piece for, and the microphone preamps sound at least as good, if not better than those on the Mackie that they were replacing. That being said, the Projectmix also has some less than satisfactory points as well. The first of which may be biased due to my previous experience with true analog hardware, in that it isn't exactly as simple to operate as a traditional mixer. For those that mix in the box (ITB) this may not be a problem, but for those of us who either cannot afford good plug-ins (and refuse to use the inadequate ones supplied with Protools) or have outboard gear from previous non-daw lifetimes, it may be difficult to incorporate them with the Projectmix, as it lacks the standard Aux and Insert jacks that all of us analog guys are used to. Besides that gripe, the Projectmix also has quiet monitor outputs, and isn?t as useful in communicating with Reason (although the Midi works fine, which is most important) and Adobe Audition, which I used for the better half of my early career. The ability to have access to 8 microphone preamps simultaneously and control Protools outweighs the cons however, as does the single connection via firewire, which makes remote recording and just general cable clutter much easier to deal with. I would also recommend that a user picks up a patchbay or two with this piece, as it can very easily become a fixture in the home studio, and having a patchbay might be the most important headache saver in any studio larger than two or four tracks.

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