M-Audio at AES on Friday announced
ProjectMix I/O, a combination motorized control surface and multi-channel audio interface. ProjectMix I/O is designed to simplify system configuration and streamline production by integrating everything needed to give project studios many of the workflow advantages of pro studios, according to M-Audio.
ProjectMix I/O connects to the computer using FireWire and is compatible with Pro Tools, Ableton Live 5, Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase and SONAR.
Each of the ProjectMix I/O control surface’s eight channel strips and master strip feature a moving fader for hands-on mixing. The ProjectMix I/O control surface’s faders also have true 10-bit resolution for smoother control compared to 7-bit components, according to the company.
The unit features eight analog input channels, which all feature high-quality preamps with individual mic/line switches and one-quarter-inch TRS balanced and XLR inputs. Phantom power is provided for up to eight condenser mics. Input 1 also features a front-panel instrument input for easy direct connection of a guitar or bass during a session.
ADAT Lightpipe I/O brings the simultaneous input total to 16, allowing users to expand their system. S/PDIF accommodates other standard digital connectivity and word clock synchronizes ProjectMix I/O with other digital devices. IT also serves as a 1 x 1 MIDI interface, allowing the connected computer to communicate with MIDI hardware.
ProjectMix I/O ships with M-Audio’s ProjectMix Control software application for Mac and Windows. This application allows users to assign special MIDI commands to the control surface faders, encoders and buttons for control of outboard sound modules, effects processors or virtual instruments in the computer. This MIDI mode, which is separate from the DAW control mode, can be accessed at any time with the press of a button.
In addition to supporting Mackie Control, Logic Control and HUI protocols, the unit is compatible with WDM, ASIO 2, Core Audio and GSIF 2.
ProjectMix I/O is expected to ship in October for US$1,249.95.