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M-Audio ProjectMix I/O Control Surface/Interface

Elevate your at-home studio with this interface's 16 analog audio inputs and four analog outputs, plus touch-sensitive faders, transport and zoom controls. (125) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Today, more professional music is produced at home than ever before -- and the new ProjectMix I/O delivers what you need to take your computer-based studio and productions to the next level. Seamless integration with all major DAW software. The ability to record directly into industry-standard Pro Tools sessions. Faders so you can feel the mix with your fingertips instead of dragging a mouse. On-board display of critical parameters for intuitive operation. Motorized control to craft more accurate mixes. And professional multi-channel I/O including mic/instrument preamps, Lightpipe and S/PDIF. ProjectMix I/O is the universal solution that combines the best of the hardware and software worlds for a new standard in streamlined production. 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

Features:

- Record audio directly into Pro Tools M-Powered (not included) -- industry-standard format
- Use with Pro Tools M-Powered, Live, Logic, Cubase, Digital Performer and SONAR -- total compatibility
- 10-bit touch-sensitive motorized faders -- totally intuitive mixing and editing
- Built-in 18 x 14 FireWire audio interface -- no additional hardware required
- 8 phantom-powered mic/line preamps -- pro input right on board
- Assignable rotary encoders -- control mixes, effects and synths
- LCD display -- full track and parameter readout
- Dedicated transport controls and jog/scrub wheel -- seamless session flow
- ADAT Lightpipe, S/PDIF and word clock I/O -- total digital connectivity
- Complete Production Experience

Computer-based DAWs seem to have virtually no limitations-except those imposed by using a mouse to do the job of dedicated hardware. ProjectMix I/O finally puts all that tactile control back under your fingertips. It also combines that control with M-Audio's acclaimed FireWire audio interface technology, eliminating clutter while integrating everything you need to transform your computer-based music system into a full-fledged digital audio workstation.

Total I/O

ProjectMix I/O gives you just about every kind of I/O you might need for a session -- and at the same price as many control surfaces lacking audio altogether. Eight analog input channels all feature 1/4 in. balanced and XLR microphone inputs with individual mic/line switches. Of course, phantom power is provided for up to eight condenser mics and input 1 even features a front-panel instrument input so you easily plug a guitar or bass right in. 8 x 8 ADAT Lightpipe I/O brings the simultaneous input total to 16 and allows you to expand your system with devices like M-Audio's award winning Octane preamp. This allows for eight more channels of preamp via Lightpipe. 2 x 2 S/PDIF handles all your other digital connectivity, and word clock synchronizes ProjectMix with other digital devices.

ProjectMix I/O also serves as a 1 x 1 MIDI interface, allowing your computer to connect with MIDI hardware. Monitoring options include 2 x 1/4 in. headphone outputs with separate volume controls for working with a partner, as well as two stereo output pairs for routing to monitors, processors and mixdown devices. There's even an A/B headphone source monitoring switch for cueing. ProjectMix I/O brings all of this to your computer with a single, simple FireWire connection.

Transport Control

Dedicated transport controls are another feature that makes doing sessions with ProjectMix I/O a breeze. You get illuminated controls for record, play, stop, fast forward, and rewind, plus a jog/shuttle wheel and locate buttons for easy project navigation. Sets of keys for in/out points, zoom, region nudge, looping and more will having your flying through sessions with incredible efficiency.

Easy to Use

M-Audio's design team gave a great deal of consideration as to what features would provide the most value in an affordable package. They knew that cutting-edge features like high-resolution 10-bit touch-sensitive moving faders, large LCD display and mic/line switches on all channels were important. They also found that much of the expense of other units on the market owed to a dizzying number of controls that many users find daunting. Our engineers opted for a streamlined design that places some functions under the control of the keyboard and mouse, where they are best suited. The result is a controller that doesn't have much of a learning curve, is much more intuitive to use and comes in at an unbeatable price.

10-bit Touch-Sensitive Moving Faders

The motorized touch-sensitive faders on each of ProjectMix I/O's 8 channel strips and master strip record and playback your changes, making for seamless mix automation. And touch sensitivity means that when you touch a fader in motion, it immediately disengages for manual control and re-engages automation when you release. This provides for both smoother operation and the elimination of motor burnout prevalent in older technologies. ProjectMix's faders also feature higher resolution than other control surfaces in its price range.

Channel Strip

ProjectMix I/O's 8 channel strips can map to as many channels as your project by simply pressing the bank +/- and channel +/- controls. Each channel strip features all of the functions you'd expect to help you zip through sessions, including buttons for mic/line, record enable, mute, solo, and select. In addition to a touch-sensitive motorized fader, each strip has an endless rotary encoder knob whose function is assigned by one of 15 dedicated buttons for EQ, aux send and more. Related information is displayed in the LCD window directly above each encoder. The encoders and LCD double to control assigned plug-in parameters as well.

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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 in. TRS and XLR balanced) each with signal/peak indicators and mic/line switch
- 4 analog outputs (1/4 in. TRS balanced)
- ADAT Lightpipe I/O
- Front panel instrument input (1/4 in. 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 in. TRS) with independent level controls
- Kensington lock port
- Compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered 7, Ableton Live 5**, Logic*, Cubase*, Digital Performer*/** and SONAR*/**

Compatibility
- 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.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5765
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (125 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"3 years old and still kicking!!"
Sound: i progressed to the project mix from sound blaster 1080, was blown away by the sound quality,bearing in mind i only had earphones when i set it all up (which was a breeze!!) Feature: the i/o came with ableton live lite,various power adapter cables(i guess to suite different international sockets etc.)It looks so pro like,and gave my little room a real lift.my only gripe would be that they could have added a fake leather or vynal padding along the bottom of the unit,because leaning on my hand, using the jogg wheel for long periods causes numbness!! Ease of Use: so easy to use,you never forget either or loose interest. ive had mine for 3 years nearly,still as good as when i first plugged it in.Still need my p.c mouse on occassion,i couldnt go back to a sound blaster type card again!!! Quality: looks very good!! maybe could do with a more colourful lcd for meter display etc.But for sub 1000 already too good :). Value: well worth the money i payed!! put this way:if someone was going to offer me the money i payed for mine, i'd advise them to go to a store and get their own!! i havent had the need to look a similar items either cheaper or more expensive. Manufacturer Support: support bang on!! no problems over the near 3 years!!! The Wow Factor: ive still got it!!,(say no more!!) Overall: i,d sooner get my self a bigger multi roomed setup first than stepping up or replacing the project mix,even then,i ask my self, "would i need to replace it"
Style of Music: house,old skool hip hop,soul.
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "You gotta try this or else you will regret buying any other firewire control surface for you DAW programs!!!"
Sound: I am using a beringe compressor/limiter with a Samsun CO1 Condensor 48V phantom powered mic connected to my daw Sonar 7 Producer edition and Pro-Tools M-Powered. It works wonders in my studio which is located seperately from my home. It responds excellent to my system. It intergrate easily with Reason 4.0 also which is not listed. Midi Works seemingless through it. The play in the XLR's is a little scary but I have no problems with it. I love all of the controls and I am still learning them by heart. If you do not have a good memory of using these Knobs then don't use it. It does not explain everything that it can do. I wouldn't trade it in the world. Only if I could at some more tracts to this product then it would be great. 8 mic inputs are not enough. Feature: I love the way it handles. I wish that it came with all of the XLR cables, and other cables that it can handle. The word clock cables need to be added along with ADAT cables and wires. You have to purchase everything but the power supply. So buy the accessories before going home to hook it up. Ease of Use: It is easy to use once you get it going good. I had to go into the presets and un mute the unbalanced cable plug ins. If you don't then you won't hear anything. Quality: This control surface is constructed strong. I have no problems with it yet. Only had it for about 8 months though. Value: For the price this is. It is an offer that you can't refuse. Manufacturer Support: Couldn't tell you. I have not called them yet. The Wow Factor: Its great but some people want it to match everything else such as black or woodgrain etc. Overall: I will continue with this product because I can see the standards for this product is very high already.
Style of Music: R & B/Gospel/Contemporary/Movie/ all other genre
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