Ten to fifteen years ago control surfaces used to cost a fair amount of money, there really were not that many low-cost solutions out there in the market place to choose from. Of course, there were some affordable offerings available such as the Digi 003, a couple of 8 fader devices from Mackie and Avid but these solutions all cost upwards of $1,000, not exactly what we would consider these days to be low-cost or budget friendly. Luckily, times have changed. "Low-cost" small form factor control surfaces have generally come down in price, in fact, we're now rather spoilt for choice these days when it comes to choosing budget control surfaces for Pro Tools.
Control surface technology has also taken a giant leap forward in the forms of EUCON and touch enabled devices. These days it seems that there is a Pro Tools control surface option for every budget. This article features a comprehensive roundup of our reviews of control surfaces for Pro Tools along with a wealth on content we’ve published in the past on control surfaces.
Reviews Of Control Surfaces For Pro Tools
I often get to the point in a mix where having just eight faders & controls, on a small surface or touchscreen, starts to seriously impinge on my speed and efficiency. There are always compromises with small control surfaces. Has iCon managed to make these compromises in the right places?
In this review Pro Tools Expert Editor Mike Thornton takes a look at the JL Cooper MCS5 USB Media Control Station and sees what it can do with Pro Tools and how it can help streamline some of his workflows.
Should you buy a PreSonus Faderport 8 control surface to use with Pro Tools? Russ takes it for a spin and is surprised by the results.
In this review, Paul Drew takes a look at the Softube Console 1 British Class A Channel Strip using Presonus Studio One.
You can add body and character to your tracks with this Softube Console 1 strip inspired by classic British units from the 60s and early 70s. Paired with the workflow and hands-on control of Console 1, British Class A has been designed to give you the perfect mix solution for the DAW-based studio.
PreSonus make some very cool stuff these days with everything from their hugely popular digital mixers to audio interfaces and monitor controllers, live sound equipment as well as their DAW Studio One.
As I’ve already said, I’ve never been a fan of control surfaces, I always find myself looking at the screen and that then defeats the object of using them in the first place, however this was not the case with the Console 1, in fact I had been mixing for some time and the screen on my Mac went to sleep. I was mixing with my ears!
Articles & Videos On Control Surfaces For Pro Tools
AVS Medientechnik GmbH has created a new brand Intelligent Studio Devices (ISD) and their first product is the ISD S6 PSU (Power Supply Unit), which is a special power supply unit for high-quality and interference-free power supply with additional functions for Pro Tools S6 M10 and M40 series control surfaces.
All small form factory control surfaces these days are very good in their own right although I feel that all of them lack a certain charm… something magic that… it’s hard to describe. This ‘thing’ I’m referring to is evident in the motorised 8 fader control surface and interface we feature in this article.
In this article we list six used Pro Tools Bargains that you can buy second-hand today for a fraction of what they would have cost you new. The article gives you information on support and compatibility with Pro Tools, technical faults to watch out for when buying one of these units used along with ballpark values based on units what they are currently listed for on eBay.
The Avid Pro Tools C|24 control surface is coming to the end of its life. As we mentioned in our comprehensive History Of Pro Tools, Avid announced the end-of-life date of the much-loved C24 as 31st December 2017, with an end of support date 5 years later as 31st December 2022. Does this mean that it is the end of line for the C24 or does this popular control surface still have a future? We investigate…
Paul Neyrinck has done it! He has released a new version of V-Control Pro that has initial support for Pro Control Main, Pro Control Faderpack, and Control 24 that only currently works with Pro Tools. Read the rest of the article for more details.
In this article we list a selection of control surfaces compatible with Pro Tools that are all available to buy today for under $500 - Have we missed any?
Following on from our article, Avid Quietly Discontinue Their Pro Tools HD Native PCI-e Cards and studying the Avid End Of Life article, we noticed that a number of Avid products pass their End Of Support Dates during 2018 including the Mbox Mini and all the black-faced D-Control And D-Command control surfaces. What should you do? We offer some help and advice.
Paul Neyrinck has released a progress report on supporting Pro Control and Control 24 in V-Control Pro so users can use these legacy control surfaces in Pro Tools 11 and above. He is also looking for a small number of beta testers with specific requirements.
Last month Paul Neyrinck got in touch to tell us that he is undertaking some R&D looking at possible new features to V-Control Pro that would provide support for legacy control surfaces like the Pro Control and Control 24 with Pro Tools 11 and above as well as other DAWs. We asked if you would complete a short survey and Paul has now announced the outcome of the survey and how he plans to move forward.
We have covered several attempts to get legacy control surfaces working with later versions of Pro Tools. Paul Neyrinck has been in touch to say he is undertaking some R&D looking at possible new features to V-Control Pro that would provide support for these legacy control surfaces with Pro Tools 11 and above as well as other DAWs.
In this article we celebrate all that's good about the C|24 along with some well-documented problems in its design, I suppose we could call this a review of the C|24... all be it ten years late.
AudioSwift is a new app for macOS that lets you use a trackpad as a control surface and MIDI controller in your DAW. You can move one or two faders at the same time, set the values of the pans, sends, master fader, write automation and use the trackpad as a jog wheel by using simple touch commands and without the need of moving the mouse pointer.
If you would like to be in with the chance of winning an Icon Platform M+ with Platform D2 display, worth more than $530, which is one of 31 great prizes on offer worth over $15,000 in total, then go over to our Win page and enter the prize draw competition.
Avid Artist Mix control surfaces can be purchased new between £800 to £900. Not bad value for money but not the cheapest point of entry into eight-fader control surfaces for Pro Tools either. Luckily, there is an alternative...
Our recent Poll on Control surfaces and Pro Tools received over 2000 responses. In this post we share a breakdown of the results data.
Following on from our very popular article Do You Still Use Your Control Surface? Be Honest Now we thought it would be interesting to see what control surfaces you use.
Manufacturers have spent an awful lot of time and money bringing us hardware with an unprecedented amount of surface feedback and control. So why don't we use them?
In this article, the Pro Tools Expert team share their current Pro Tools control surface solutions and reasons behind their choices. The Pro Tools Expert team also share their control surface past experiences of previous control surfaces they have used and owned.
As I said on last week’s podcast. I’ve been spoiled when it comes to control surfaces and I’ve been of the opinion that as far as Pro Tools goes you’ve needed to spend a lot to get a control surface which will actually earn its keep. What makes some control surfaces successful and others hard work?
Two ex Avid UK employees have seen an opportunity to put their experience and contacts to good use and have set up Resurface - an console and control surface marketplace. Ben Nemes and Tim Hurrell between them have over 50 years’ combined experience, and they have set up Resurface to connect buyers and sellers of audio consoles and control surfaces around the world.
In this new series we will be talking about old studio gear that made an impact in our audio production journeys. To start this series off I am going to be talking about the mighty Digi 003 Factory
I have tried nearly all the iOS apps that control Pro Tools and as good as many of these apps are they all, for me, fall short of being a suitable alternative or future replacement of control surfaces.
Today I downloaded and installed the new version of the Avid Pro Tools Control app for iPad and I am going to share my first look at it.