Pure Control Surface LuxuryThe difference between mixing with a Avid Artist Mix rather than some other motorized control surface is a lot like the difference between riding in a Bentley limousine instead of a Manhattan taxi - they'll both do the job, but while one offers comfort and style, the other just stinks. Like the aforementioned luxury car manufacturer, Avid's key to making the Artist Mix a superior product lies in the choice of top-level components and an unwavering attention to detail. When you need a bank of touch-sensitive motorized faders and rotary encoders, with high resolution displays to give you absolute precisian control over your DAW, you need a Avid Artist Mix!
So what exactly does "top-level components" mean? First off, standard MIDI protocol just wasn't good enough for Avid. That's why they developed EuCon. The EuCon Ethernet Protocol lets the Artist Mix send and receive information at 250 times the speed and 8 times the resolution of MIDI, letting the Artist Mix control multiple programs at once giving you the smoothest faders on the market. And these aren't generic faders either, they're genuine ALPS 100mm long-throw faders that respond instantly to your touch, selecting the corresponding track as soon as you touch them. You'll find these same faders on only a few other control surfaces, most of which costTHOUSANDS of dollars more than the Artist Mix. Yeah, they really are that cool.
There's a lot more to the Artist Mix! It gives you full transport controls, plus eight rotary encoders and high-quality displays. The Artist Mix's rotary encoders have a slim, tapered profile that makes them easy to grab and leaves plenty of space between each, giving the surface a clean and uncluttered look. You can use the Artist Mix's encoders to control plug-ins, EQs, panning, and pretty much anything else you can think of. You even get convenient Knob Set selector keys that let you quickly reassign the encoders, without putting you through the hassle of searching through menus or bothering with fancy software.
And speaking of connivance, you also get instant feedback for the Artist Mix's displays. These aren't the chunky, black on green LCD jobs you'll find on a typical control surface - you know, the kind you need to tilt your head at just the right angle to read - these are 128 x 64 pixel OLED displays that give you all the information you need in a crystal-clear font that's easy on the eyes. Now, imagine a shiny new Artist Mix on your desk. Notice how it doesn't take up more space than it needs to? Its ultra-slim, small footprint puts the finishing touches on the control surface perfection that is the MC Control by Avid.
Avid Artist Mix Control Surface Features at a Glance:
- 8 touch-sensitive motorized faders
- 8 touch-sensitive rotary encoders
- 8 high-resolution OLED displays (128 x 64 pixels)
- High-speed EuCon Ethernet protocol
- Mac OS X and Windows 7 compatible