I’m getting really concerned about the future of the Euphonix/Avid MC Control. I got mine used about 11 months ago and I expected a very smooth intergration of this device into my studio. After all it was well established with almost a decade of use. So, surely there would be tons of real world USER BASED information to learn from, not to mention the elimination of all the bugs that come out with new technology.
But my experience was anything but! The GUI was not great, the manual (if you could call it that) was laughable and there were lots of quirks if not outright bugs! Nevertheless, I clawed my way through the learning curve and finally got it set up to be an actual asset for my room, in that now I missed the shortcuts it could save me when it wasn’t working. Which brings me to the point. IT’S NOT WORKING MOST OF THE TIME!
Every single day, when I go down to work, I’m on pins and needles wondering if this thing is even going to fire up. IF it does, that day “I win.” If it does not, then I’m in for hours of lost time tracking down the problem to get it back on line. This is total BS for a piece of gear that is supposed to be for professional use!
I know I’m not alone on this because both this forum and the Avid forum are full of complaints/questions regarding MC Controls crashing on both the Mac and PC platforms. There are numerous questions about which iteration (2.7 v 3.0 v 3.1 etc) will actually work with their respective DAWs to insure STABLE performance. But the most troubling pattern, to me, is the one where the MC seems to work better and better with Pro Tools and less so with everybody else! Features that used to be available for Nuendo/Logic/DP etc, no longer work as well or at all, while the MC becomes more and more PT oriented.
My MC has been off-line for the last 2 days after dropping connection to N6 towards the end of a session. I was using it and then, bang, I got the error message saying that it had stopped working. I have no clue why and re-booting the session and or the PC has done nothing to wake this thing up. After all of the aggrevaton just learning how to use this thing and then not having it perform as promised (the faders won’t stay where you set them, NONE of the 8 knobs will calibrate to the DAW - 2K reading on the N6 EQ is 2010 on the MC knob, etc.) and now you can never be sure if it will actually work at all, I’ve had just about enough! It may be time to cut my losses here.
This sucks because I really wanted to give my wrist a break from that freakin’ mouse and NUAGE is still far too many thousands of dollars out of reach! Does anybody have any suggestions for “a bridge” controller while I work out the ultimate goal of NUAGE ownership?