Use Mackie’s C4 Control Surface with Reason

Just after making the Mackie C4 Commander software free (which works even without the Mackie hardware), Mackie has unveiled Reason support for their C4 control surface: Mackie Control C4 There’s a PDF there with setup instructions. The C4 is becoming the go-to control surface for just about everything, with robust support for software like Live and Logic as well as Apple and Adobe video software, LCDs above each control, 32 endless encoders, and a US$1000 street. I know we have a number of happy users here. I could even see supplementing the new control features for the same apps in …

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An Audio Interface for the Studio and the Road: Mackie’s Satellite

A lot of people now split their recording time between on-location and studios, which for many people means buying two separate audio interfaces. Also, despite the fact that their needs are simple, they often wind up with interfaces that either don’t do quite what they need or, at the opposite extreme, are complete overkill. That’s why Mackie’s new Satellite Firewire Recording System looks appealing. It was introduced at NAMM in January, but it’s now available with a really low price: US$519.99 retail. Here’s the idea: the interface is split into a docking station and mobile FireWire interface, so you can …

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Mackie C4 Commander Software Free; More Control Options for Your Gear / Software?

Mackie has released a free-for-download version of their C4 Commander software. Before we start warping this to our own purposes, let’s start with how Mackie likely intends this to be used. The C4 Commander software maps knobs and displays to a wide variety of software, plug-ins, and external MIDI hardware (new and vintage), either via included maps or via your own custom configuration. That in itself is nothing new; what is new is that Mackie is now letting you download this useful software even if you don’t own the hardware. If you don’t have a C4 Commander hardware device, you …

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Fake (or Customize) a Mackie Control Surface on Mac … and Windows, too!

Every keyboard, drum pad, and audio interface these days seems to be crammed with MIDI faders and knobs, and (if you’re lucky) LCDs. If you’re like me, you’re rapidly running out of money and/or room for yet another dedicated control surface. Wouldn’t it be great to take better advantage of these controls with programs like Ableton Live, Cakewalk SONAR, Steinberg Cubase/Nuendo, Mackie Tracktion, and even graphics and video programs? As we saw earlier today, on the Mac you can use LC Xmu with Apple’s Final Cut Studio, which otherwise doesn’t support generic MIDI devices, but it turns out that’s just …

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Use Cheap USB MIDI Controllers, MIDI Keyboards with Final Cut Studio

Got a basic USB MIDI controller or keyboard sitting in your studio? Got a copy of Final Cut (or any other software that supports Logic Control / Mackie Control control surfaces)? Wish you could use your hardware to control your software? Thanks to Adam in comments on a story on M-Audio keyboards, we now know you can. That bank of faders should be perfect for some occasional Final Cut sound mixing, after all.

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Mackie Tracktion 2 Arrives: One-Screen Audio Workstation

Mackie Tracktion 2 for Windows and Mac is now available for purchase. Tracktion has a lot going for it: a streamlined one-screen interface, VST compatibility, cross-platform, and a low price (US$150 street). New in this version is expanded MIDI editing, step entry, loop recording, external synchronization, MIDI controller mapping, Mackie Control Universal/C4 support (I’d hope so), QuickTime video support, and a 64-bit mix engine. Some of the bundled plugins are freebies anyway, but there’s still way more than enough value to justify the price. I’ll have more coverage of this soon. Check out the demo and see what you think. …

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Mackie Tracktion 2: Audio Workstation Revealed

Mackie's Tracktion is a newcomer to the Audio/MIDI multitrack DAW scene, but its one-window interface and powerful features have earned it a lot of respect — especially when it comes free with some interfaces and cost well under $100. Tracktion 2 is here now and sweetens the deal without sacrificing the elegance of the interface: 64-bit mix engine Lots of bundled effects and instruments (mda, Acuma, Raw Materials, IK Multimedia, etc.) Bundled loops and samples More powerful MIDI editor Eight aux sends and returns More comprehensive keyboard control and MIDI control of filters Improved external sync support Full integration with …

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Free Mackie Tracktion Download Ends 12/31

If you've been waiting to download a free copy of Mackie's incredible audio/MIDI application Tracktion discussed here on CDM, do it now: Tracktion is available free only until 12/31. After that, you're limited to downloading a demo version that introduces white noise after 2 weeks of use. (The free version is fully functional forever.) Mackie will show version 2.0 of Tracktion at the NAMM conference late in January; we'll have more details of the new version then. Tracktion Free Offer Download (Mac/Win)

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Music Mash-Ups Tutorial, Using Free Traktion

paintingbynumbers has a full tutorial on creating mash-ups, remixes that combine two songs. This is a 'beginners' guide' but it's quite intense: author Philip Meehan covers everything from isolating beats to removing vocals via phase cancellation. It's inspiring enough to make me want to mash some of my own tracks. Best of all, the entire tutorial takes advantage of Mackie's Traktion audio editor, which for a limited time is free, as we reported here last month. [Thanks, waxy.org]

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Mackie Traktion 1 Audio/MIDI App Now Free (Win, Mac)

Forget limited-feature bundled apps or the now-defunct Pro Tools Free; Mackie's got your free general-purpose audio tool right here. Traktion is available free for a limited time, and rivals the flagship audio/MIDI workstations for functionality, with audio and MIDI recording and editing, VST plugin and instrument hosting and ReWire support, a built-in sampler and filters, and pro-level mastering tools, collaboration, and project management. Best of all, it does all this in a single-window interface vaguely reminiscent of Ableton Live, so it's a lot easier to approach than apps like Apple Logic. Give it a try via the free promotion page …

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