As far as I know, the frames have the space to incorporate a midi hub, of course it would have been nice to incorporate one…but there we go…If it was a metal frame, I understand the pricing, but as its plastic, well, Im just gonna build a new desk to incorporate these…Mdf & my router here I come…(although as they are not availble in Europe until the 30th of this month…I have got plenty of time!..
n.b (and in my own honesty, my initial “verdict” was that they were rather poor, as I like many others were looking for something more “BLING”…but now that I have managed to put together the “BIG” picture…these units are quite unique in what they offer us, and WHEN I find out just how many can be linked into a single system,without any glitches…(4 x CMC -FDs = 16 faders MAX, afaik…But how many of the other units can be linked -4-6-8-10 -14??
What is the maximum amount of configerable units in the one system, anyone know that yet?
After having read the detailed descriptions here http://www.steinberg.net/cmc-explorer/?lang=en&start=0
I have to retract any doubts with first impressions…I would have liked Steiny/Yam (just for their Marketing departments feedback, as I really think they dropped the ball here!!..these units are truly fantastic, once you get by the initial advertsing confusion!!.. the very first thing they should have did to win MANY favourable comments concerning these units …is the following.
1st) Release the CMC Explorer to give us a detailed look at these controllers.as they are deceptively well designed, build quality? but in recent form they will be very good performance wise.
- Have shown us videos with all potential configurable systems “IN USE” - IN PROJECT…yes I watched the video with Keiran,but all in all that was rather a quick rundown…I also have have seen the videos with Greg, again a bit more detailed, but, just not getting there as far in terms of possible uses… it woud have been nice if they had got a full blown multi channel setup with loads of the modules set up if money was no object…to their “max” as it were, all nicely installed in a dedicated desk setup…and using the system in an actual recording session.Control room & Talent Sends in use…(along with Zero latency monitoring, using multiple stacked units of The UR 824’s…Fully Miked Drum Kit, and the rest of “the band”… that would have got it just right!. (anyone listening?) THIS WOULD BE THE GAME CHANGER!.
…I would have been blown AWAY if they had been shown to me like this, for the cash, they are fantastic, the configurability, with the “Shift” key on each module…the way you can interchange & actually DESIGN your own console (albeit with a max of 16 faders)…the way the Meters turn to faders for a split sec,for adjustments, then switch back to meters…The way each channel has got 2 touch sections for switching mute & solo., the 4 velocity zones on the CMC-PD ( ooft many uses REALLY)…I could go on, but I have seen my big picture and it is SHOCKINGLY perfect… I see myself sitting back over the next two weeks, and I advise many others to do the same,before puchase, as Kieran got it spot on in the last sentence of the video…"Think about what ones you need,and what ones you want.)
I havent been as excited about hardware in a long time,after the initial disappointment…but to get a full blown setup for approx 2000 euros …I already own a CC121…
4 x CMC - FD = 16 bankable channels of Fader & Metering, showing a visual response to all my vsti’s channels in banks, (RMX,Kontatkt etc… A little adjustement to my project templates and … nice one!.
4 x CMC - PD = 2 x dedicated to 2 GA1 vsti’s & 2 x Battery ( 64 velocity sensing pads of Joy for my drum samples & efx triggering,…and easy access to banking midi notes, and 4 rotary encoders, & the 4 x Velocity mode suits me just dandy for sample layering! never mind using it in partnership with my Vdrums!..I’ll be jammin with the V Drummer/doing live Overdubs of Latin percussion…all nice and neat there in front …nice one!.
4 x CMC - QC’s dedicated to Any Vsti’s of my choosing (32 Endless encoders, 32 Eq Rotaries & 32 Dedicated Hot key Pads for what I want… (Kontakt/Nexus/Massive/Etc (Im also hoping the firmware/editor will allow changing the dedicated EQ assigns too…
1 x CMC - CH for Channel duties etc /
1 x CMC - TP for access to the Touch slider
after I spend the next month with google sketchup, an Arcade Rollerball, and a 22 inch touch flung in for good measure…all in all with custom sticky overlays for my dedicated shortcuts/keycommands …one word GENIUS!.
Spot ON Steiny! I now know what Santa has brung me!. even if something bigger comes along, it wont be at this price! lol.