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 Post subject: Mixers with interface vs. interface and controller
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:23 am 
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Hey guys,

So I'm planning (long term) a mixed hardware/software studio. My thought was to get a Soundcraft Signature 12 MTK, as it has an interface built in and you can route individual channels to/from your DAW. That way I could mix my hardware synths on a tactile surface with on-board effects alongside my soft synths. then I'd get a separate MIDI box.

But now I'm wondering if that's the right way to go. Would it be better to just get a good, fast interface with MIDI, and some kind of controller for the mixer in my DAW? I'm using touchOSC right now and it's fine, and I've got the old Akai APK at home (though I don't really use live anymore).

What are your thoughts on mixer w. interface + dedicated MIDI box vs. dedicated interface with MIDI + control surface?

(I'm also looking for as low latency as I can get on a budget.)


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 Post subject: Re: Mixers with interface vs. interface and controller
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:57 am 
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I can't really comment on what to choose be sure I use my stuff inseparation, but I have the MTK 12 and it is great, but I just use it to record my hardware.

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 Post subject: Re: Mixers with interface vs. interface and controller
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:42 am 
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have you considered a digital mixer like the https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/X18

you trade physical faders for touch screen but gain a ton of dsp on each channel (gate comp eq rta) and bus efx and dsp , heaps of flexible routing (6 aux) , 18x18 interface and full recall and automation. you can also connect physical knobs and faders to it

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 Post subject: Re: Mixers with interface vs. interface and controller
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:42 am 
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Lost to the Void wrote:
I can't really comment on what to choose be sure I use my stuff inseparation, but I have the MTK 12 and it is great, but I just use it to record my hardware.


You use it with a hardware sequencer instead of your DAW?

I'm curious how good the audio interface is. If it was low latency and high quality, that might just do it for me. Seems like an (almost) all in one solution.


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 Post subject: Re: Mixers with interface vs. interface and controller
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:54 pm 
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I drive all my hardware from an MPC live and record through the MTK in to the computer.
I haven't run it with software to see what sync latency is like with vst or anything.
I either work ITB or OTB but never mix them.
Quality is great though and the EQs are nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Mixers with interface vs. interface and controller
PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:50 am 
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Makes sense.

Unfortunately, I'm not finding reliable info on its latency online. Some sources say it's bad, others say it's good.


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