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M-Audio Project Mix I/O

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Control Surface with Motorized Faders and 18 x 14 Audio Interface

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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 available now via free downloadable firmware upgrade

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 ¼” 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 two ¼” 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. Check out ProjectMix I/O for yourself at your local M-Audio dealer. We think you’ll agree.

10-bit Touch-Sensitive Moving Faders

The motorized touch-sensitive faders on each of ProjectMix I/O’s eight 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 eight 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.

Features

  • 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

Specifications

  • Mic Inputs (A/D)
    • Input Impedance 3.4k §Ù
    • Maximum Input Level at Minimum Gain -3dBu, balanced
    • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk < -110dB @ 1kHz
    • SNR -104dB, A-weighted
    • Dynamic Range 104dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N 0.00188 % (-94.6dB) @ -1 dBFS, 1kHz
    • Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB
    • Preamp Gain 55dB
    • Phantom Power 48 Volts DC @ 16mA
  • Instrument Input (A/D)
    • Input Impedance 560k §Ù bal/280k §Ù unbal
    • Maximum Input Level at minimum gain +14 dBu bal/+11.8 dBV unbal
    • SNR -100dB, A-weighted
    • Dynamic Range 100dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N 0.00243 % (-92.3dB) @ -1 dBFS, 1kHz
    • Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB @ 48kHz
  • Line Inputs (A/D)
    • Input Impedance 20k §Ù bal/10k §Ù unbal
    • Maximum Input Level at Minimum Gain +10dBu bal/+7.8dBV unbal
    • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk < -110dB @ 1kHz
    • SNR -104dB, A-weighted
    • Dynamic Range 104dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N 0.00243 % (-92.3dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
    • Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 0.1dB @ 48kHz
  • Line Outputs (D/A)
    • Output Impedance 300 §Ù bal/150 §Ù unbal
    • Maximum Output Level +10dBu bal/+1.8dBV, unbal
    • Channel-to-Channel Crosstalk < -109dB
    • SNR -110dB, A-weighted
    • Dynamic Range 110dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N 0.00205 % (-93.8dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
    • Frequency Response 20Hz to 22kHz, +/- 0.1dB @ 48kHz
    • 20Hz to 44kHz, +/- 0.2dB @ 96kHz
  • Headphone Output (D/A)
    • Maximum Output -2.9dBV at THD+N < 0.03% into 32 §Ù
    • Working Range 24 to 600 §Ù
  • Supported Sample Rates
    • Analog Ports 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
    • S/PDIF Digital I/O 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
    • ADAT Digital I/O 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
  • Digital Parameters
    • Converter Bit Depth 24 bits
  • Size and weight
    • Size: 50.8 cm x 47 cm x 11 cm
    • Weight: 12.6 kg

Compatibility

  • Pro Tools M-Powered 7 or greater
  • All Pro Tools systems (MIDI control only)
  • Logic (version 7.1.1 or greater)
  • Cubase (version 3.1 or greater)
  • Ableton Live 5 (version 5.02 or greater)
  • Digital Performer (version 4.6 or greater)
  • SONAR (version 4.02 or greater)
  • ASIO 2
  • GSIF 2
  • Core Audio

Minimum System Requirements

  • PC
    • Pentium 3 – 800MHz or higher (may be higher for laptops)
    • 512 MB RAM
    • Windows XP (SP2)
    • DirectX 9.0c or higher
    • Available FireWire port or FireWire expansion card
  • Mac
    • Macintosh G3 800MHz or G4 733MHz higher (may be higher for laptops)
    • 512MB RAM
    • Mac OS X 10.3.9 / 10.4.21
    • Available FireWire port or FireWire expansion card
    • *G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported
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M-Audio Project Mix I/O Reviews

10/10

M-Audio Project Mix

Bought this item about 2 months ago now and haven\'t regretted it for one moment. I havent had a single problem with it. Set up was very simple and it was only about 30 mins from opening the box to the desk being fully functional. Faders are very smooth (they are slightly noisy but thats to be expected) and had no experiences of the faders going crazy like i\'ve had on other systems! My only critisicm is that it only has 4 outputs. If they had just added two more then 5.1 would be possible. However this aside it is a great system. Just the fact it is fully functional with cubase and protools is amazing. And the LED display is an absolute godsend when your working with like 40 channels. Takes away the frustration of browsing through banks trying to work out which channel is controlling which! Genious.

9/10

M-Audio Project Mix I/O

After a lot of research (it\'s a big purchase) I bought the Project Mix I/O for my home studio. It is a combined Firewire audio interface and control surface. The package I bought bundled Pro Tools M-Audio 7.4 (which, after registering on M-Audio\'s website qualified for a free Pro Tools 8 upgrade).

Install
In the box were disks containing hardware drivers, PT 7.4 with reg card, bundled plug-ins, a copy of Live Lite, a PSU (with every possible plug adaptor), a pre-auth\'d iLok device, a 6-pin / 6-pin f/w cable, a 6-pin / 4-pin f/w cable and two manuals.
I run Vista (SP1) on a 2.2GHz Intel Dual Core laptop with 3Gb of RAM. Note a Vista install is not as smooth as I had hoped but support offered by M-Audio is great. First, nip over to M-Audio\'s site and download and install the latest appropriate drivers. Vista 32 bit SP1 is supported. Shut-down the computer, plug in the firewire cable turn on the Project Mix and boot up your OS. Once boot-up is complete there is an extra step to complete installation in Vista. Instructions for this are only on M-Audio\'s site and caused some initial head-scratching. There is a squeaky bum moment whilst the firmware updates! Once I had the surface installed I checked the audio interface was working by sending some music to it from media player to my monitor speakers via balanced TRS jacks. I then installed PT 7.4 (but I guess you could register before installing PT 7.4 and go straight to PT8). I had some issues with PT after install which I thought was due to a duff iLok. A quick search on Digidesign\'s website prompted me to uninstall IEv8 which cured the issue. I then registered (once happy all was working) and created an iLok account. I then received an e-mail containing PT8 download instructions. Note you need an iLok account to do this as a new key is deposited to you. Download (>3Gb) took an hour with my connection but I can see it being a problem for some users. PT8 install was smooth and it has a much improved interface over PT7.4. Once installed, turn off your computer, plug in and turn on the Project Mix, boot-up your computer, launch PT 8, set-up your hardware and you are ready to make some music!

First Impressions
Ins and outs are as specified on the product page. You can configure in the control panel and it is self explanatory. There is an A/B switch – great for switching between sets of monitors when mixing. There is 6.35mm input on the front of the unit – very handy for guitarists and two independent headphone outputs. You can use the desk as an audio interface in Vista which is good for listening to tunes whilst not working. Sound quality is great with no hisses or pops although I haven’t pushed it hard yet.

The Project Mix has many modes covering all of the bases. M-Audio seems committed to service and the firmware is updateable. Modes are selected by holding down an Aux key when powering on. Mine defaulted to Cubase mode on power-up but this is easily changed. M-Audio recommend only changing modes when all elements of you set-up are powered off including your computer.
In PT mode track names are displayed above each channel, and the workflow is intuitive, a mini-studio in your house / at the gig. Motorized faders rock! You will use the surface instead of you mouse whilst recording which speeds everthing up.

I have my musical equipment wired into the inputs. (elec. guitar, bass, keys, floor pod, synth and keys). Instead of un-plugging equipment you can just move the channel strip along so that the track matches the input which is handy!

Verdict
The LCD screen makes recording simple and the faders come into their own when mixing. Impress your friend with automation when paying back your session! Comparable products are more £££ and don’t come with PT! Recommended purchase if you want a solid control surface and a high-spec digital audio interface. Make sure you have the room for it though!

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