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Old 03-19-2003, 06:43 AM
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Default Control Surface vs. Digi 002 vs. Control 24?

Hey guys,
Ok so here is the deal. I just got a second job to help fund my need for a studio as well as moving out on my own. Now that money is going to be flowing a little bit better around here I am starting to consider saving up for some better gear. Ok so one of the first things that I would like to get would be a control surface of some kind. I am really tired of mixing with a mouse. So anyway I have several options. I can:

1. Get a motor mix that would give me 8 faders to play with. About $800-900. I can easily swing this right now if I want.

2. Save for a few weeks and get a Digi 002. This would give me 8 faders, better pre-amps, and better converters. Around 2 grand. I can almost get this now, but deffinately in a couple weeks I could.

3. Save up for the Mother of all controllers, the Control 24. 24 Faders to play with, any function I could ever want is adjustable from the board. 16 decent preamps that I could use. This mother runs about $5,500. This would take me several months to save up for, but it would be well worth it right?

Ok so really right now, I am trying to decide between the 002 now, and the Control 24 down the road. Here's the argument in my head. Alright with the digi 002, I get better everything compared to my current 001. I get better pre-amps, better converters, a small controller. Just a good step up from the 001. With the Control 24, I get a Incredible controller. I have used the control 24 on project that I did while in school and I absolutely loved it. With it I get plenty of faders, pretty good pre-amps. A awesome contol section for monitoring. And a huge boost in the "profesionalism" department.

Right now I am not to worried about getting this amazing controller for a inferior 001. As I see it, most of the stuff that I do will be going ADAT into pro-tools threw my higher grade converters and preamps. The last 8 tracks I will have to deal with. However I am trying to think ahead. To me it just wouldn't make sence for Digidesign to make the control 24 compatible with the 001, without plans of someday making a better unit that would also be able to use the control 24. Sure they have the Digi 002, but what happens when they finally decide that the 001 is just to inferior to all the rest of the products on the market. Do they just abandon it and go completely with the 002? I am betting that they just redesign the 001 with higher grade pre-amps and converters that would still sell under the 002. This unit would be compatible with the Control 24 since the 001 was compatible. Then I would have a high quality interface to go with my high quality controler.

What do you guys think? Am I completely crazy for trying to go for a control 24? Do you think that there will be a better interface someday to work with the control 24 other than the 002?
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Old 03-19-2003, 04:06 PM
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Default Re: Control Surface vs. Digi 002 vs. Control 24?

Be careful...i think no other controlsurface is supported with the digi002...

So if you want to use the control|24...use a digi001.
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Old 03-19-2003, 04:53 PM
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Default Re: Control Surface vs. Digi 002 vs. Control 24?

You know, unless you plan on doing a lot of recording for many parts, the 002 seems like it'd suffice. It's still a pretty impressive looking unit in the professionalism department, so I don't think that's the major concern.

Unless you were just looking for some support from a gearhead addict, in which case:

"More is better! How dare you not buy the most expensive one? That's how you know it's better! Besides, the other inferior products are merely stepping stones to what you really want. C'mon man, buy the 24. You know you want it. Look at that, it's even got a cool moniker."

So I say you have to ask yourself, What do you want, a 24 or a 2? Looks to me like the 24 is clearly 12 times a better machine. You should buy now. put it on credit. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Of course I just spent half my unemployment check on a dvd burner. What? I NEED it.
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Old 03-19-2003, 05:34 PM
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Default Re: Control Surface vs. Digi 002 vs. Control 24?

Also keep in mind that the Mackie Control is supposedly "coming soon".

It seems pretty nice and can be expanded to more faders.

So far that's on the top of my list.

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Old 03-19-2003, 06:06 PM
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Default Re: Control Surface vs. Digi 002 vs. Control 24?

I know it sounds like I'm addicted. Which I probably am, but really for me, I have worked on the control 24 before and I just loved it. Right now I am trying to buy high quality gear that I won't just resell everytime I have a few bucks and want something better. The thing I really want to know is just whether or not someday the 001 will be upgraded to better converters and preamps? I want to get the Control 24, but I don't want to be stuck with the 001 the rest of my life. Will they put out a better LE product other than the 002 that I could use the control 24 on? I would think that someday they would. I just don't want to make such a huge investment and either be stuck with the 001 or be forced to go up to the TDM range. TDM is just something I don't have the money for right now. The 002 is a viable solution. I just like the control 24 so much better. I mean look at it, who wouldn't. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 03-20-2003, 12:56 AM
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Default Re: Control Surface vs. Digi 002 vs. Control 24?

One thing that I have learnt during my years of working with audio is that what you can se is what you can get. Ie don't spend money on something hoping that the manufacturer one day will support you with the solution you are hoping for.

That's why I left Nuendo some months ago, they didn't deliver the kind of solution I was hoping for. Digidesign did, with the 002.

I say that if you go for the large investent, you can't count on that Digi will upgrade the 001, you can only hope for it to happen. Are you ready to take that risk?
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