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Old 2013-05-08, 21:50
Rizlo Rizlo is offline
 
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Best control surface for Reason 7

Hi All,

I am very much a hands-on person. I've been trying to research the best control surface for Reason's SSL mixer. Basically, I'd love to have a physical controller for all parts of the SSL. So I pose the question to the masses, what do you all think is the best surface?

Obvious contenders are:
Mackie UControl with some expanders
SSL Nucleus/Matrix
2x BCF2000's and 2x BCR2000's.
ProjectMix I/O

2 way communication is a must, move a fader or knob with the mouse, it moves on the controller. And it should ideally cover all or most of the SSL controls.

I've also considered a digital mixer for the task, such as the behringer X32 and some others...but I am not sure of the compatibility. I also don't really care about the added I/O as I don't do much recording, mostly sound design and engineering.

If costs were not an issue, what would you go with?
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Old 2013-05-08, 23:08
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Nektar Panorama

the P1 by Nektar is what I just ordered for myself. I own the BCR2000 and it's not very good.
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Old 2013-05-09, 09:24
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I actually went out to best buy and bought an iPad mini to use as a midi controller for reason. Best investment I've made for my studio in a long time. Not only can I use the iPad as midi controller for reason ( via rstouch) but there are many other cool things I can do with an iPad mini. I'm not one for midi faders that are not motorized, I mean what's the point in that. The behringer faders are cool but they don't have a LED screen to tell you what fader controls what when your bouncing banks of 8 so that was out of the question for me. The mackie control is 1000$ which is out of my budget for a daw controller. The 329$ I paid for the iPad mini was well worth it. I would recommend using an iPad for a midi controller to any Reason user.
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Old 2013-05-09, 17:33
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I actually went out to best buy and bought an iPad mini to use as a midi controller for reason. Best investment I've made for my studio in a long time. Not only can I use the iPad as midi controller for reason ( via rstouch) but there are many other cool things I can do with an iPad mini. I'm not one for midi faders that are not motorized, I mean what's the point in that. The behringer faders are cool but they don't have a LED screen to tell you what fader controls what when your bouncing banks of 8 so that was out of the question for me. The mackie control is 1000$ which is out of my budget for a daw controller. The 329$ I paid for the iPad mini was well worth it. I would recommend using an iPad for a midi controller to any Reason user.
I have rsTouch setup on an iPad also and I love it. Would love to be able to add a footswitch though...
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Old 2013-09-26, 10:25
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I actually went out to best buy and bought an iPad mini to use as a midi controller for reason. Best investment I've made for my studio in a long time. Not only can I use the iPad as midi controller for reason ( via rstouch) but there are many other cool things I can do with an iPad mini. I'm not one for midi faders that are not motorized, I mean what's the point in that. The behringer faders are cool but they don't have a LED screen to tell you what fader controls what when your bouncing banks of 8 so that was out of the question for me. The mackie control is 1000$ which is out of my budget for a daw controller. The 329$ I paid for the iPad mini was well worth it. I would recommend using an iPad for a midi controller to any Reason user.
Hi djfm what midi connector do use to connect your ipad to your PC or do you use wifi? I am currently looking at the irig by ikmultimedia to connect directly as my PC is connected via Ethernet because in my studio there is no wifi access at all.
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Old 2013-09-27, 07:12
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Hi djfm what midi connector do use to connect your ipad to your PC or do you use wifi? I am currently looking at the irig by ikmultimedia to connect directly as my PC is connected via Ethernet because in my studio there is no wifi access at all.
I have it setup through wifi so I'm not sure how you can go about setting it up.
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Old 2013-05-09, 09:30
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I've also considered a digital mixer for the task, such as the behringer X32
The Behringer X32 is a great digital mixer (I use that mixer as I run the sound at my Church) but as far as a daw controller you can only use 8 channels (the buss section) to control your Daw. If you don't plan on doing live mixes or recording multiple inputs at a time I would say avoid the X32.
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Old 2013-05-09, 14:01
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I've got a Novation SLMKii Zero.

You can get one with keys if nesscary but the Zero gives you so much control - especially with automap, you can have endless pages for each device. Great visual feedback as well
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Old 2013-05-09, 16:11
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I've looked at the P1 by Nektar. While it's a nice device, the lack of motorized faders kills it in my books. Wouldn't want to open up a project only to have to fiddle around to get faders where they should be. Same deal with the SLMKii Zero.

djphathead - Thanks for the info on the X32, I was not aware of that limitation! That pretty much knocks it out of the running in my case. I had thought about getting a touch screen LCD and keeping the mixer window locked on it. I had not heard about the ipad app, that does look pretty slick so I will need to check it out a little more.

maguilar1 - Care to share why you say the BCR2000 is not very good?
 

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