MC Mix on Cover of Recording Magazine
MC Mix was recently featured on the cover and reviewed in the February issue of Recording Magazine.
Sitting down in front of a console (or, ahem, control surface) is another matter. When you have faders and knobs to touch, operations are faster and smoother.
Since your decisions with level, pan, eq and effects are all based on reacting to the moment, the way in which you execute these decisions is of particular importance. The faster and easier it is to try little adjustments,
the more likely you are to try them in the first place. I’d even argue that one will mix differently with a mouse than with physical faders and knobs.
The first thing you’ll notice about the MC Mix is its footprint. It’s near the exact width of a full-size computer keyboard, and maybe twice as deep. It has an extremely low profile that works well sitting behind the new ultra-slim Apple keyboards, but risers are included that elevate the MC Mix to the exact right height for older style keyboards. The ergonomic and industrial design is extremely well conceived and executed, and the risers give you some flexibility in your setup.
Basic mixing with the MC Mix was straightforward and fun. The form factor is really sweet, and by now I like the faders. They are plastic and a little wobbly, not quite as buttery and solid as the metal Penny & Giles motorized faders on the big Euphonix consoles, but serviceable nevertheless.
Ultimately they are really accurate and I appreciated the long throw. The rotary knobs are nice as well, and I quite like the MC Mix’s buttons. All of the backlit buttons looks great, and the LCD display is really attractive.
Gone are the days of the segmented LED strips that are hard to read. Sometimes, however, I wished for a larger scribble strip on the MC Mix: the track names are shortened to only 4 characters, so “Click” becomes
“Clck” which is unfortunate. I really like the meters next to each track in the display! They are small but so helpful, especially in large sessions...