The Mackie MCU Pro 8-Channel Control Surface is designed for your music production software. With the MCU Pro, you get deep, intuitive control of mix and plug-in parameters, real-time visual feedback and set up is plug and play without any MIDI mapping whatsoever!
The Mackie MCU Pro 8-Channel Control Surface rounds out your software's functionality to deliver the ultimate in hands-on command. In fact, your software was designed with the Mackie MCU Pro in mind. Developers access the Mackie MCU Pro via its unique communication protocol pioneered by Mackie and determine precisely how the Mackie MCU Pro works for you. That means the Mackie MCU Pro integrates with your software like no other hardware controller. Say goodbye to sub-par responsiveness to your mix adjustments, trying to remember which knobs are assigned to which parameter, and the tedious process of MIDI mapping. And the Mackie MCU Pro goes far beyond simple faders and transport controls, it gives you the most comprehensive feature set on the market. With nine Alps touch-sensitive faders, a full-sized backlit LCD and V-Pots for fast tweaking, the Mackie MCU Pro is the only desktop control surface that can truly make your music production experience complete. With optional expandability via Mackie Control Extender Pro, the Mackie MCU Pro is also the only software control surface that can grow with your studio.
Display for Days
A control surface isn't much good if you have to keep looking up at your computer monitor to see the parameters you're tweaking. That's why Mackie equipped the Mackie Control Universal Pro with a generous two-line, 55-character backlit LCD to display parameters like track name, channel metering, I/O assignments, plug-ins, EQ, dynamics or anything our various software partners want you to see. Without dividing your attention between control surface and computer monitor, your mixing speed, efficiency and creative control are all distraction-free. And since it's always a good idea to know where you are in your program material, the Mackie MCU Pro also sports a big, seven-segment LED timecode display bright enough to jam enemy radar.
Channels, Faders and Banks
Every Mackie Control Universal Pro comes equipped with nine 100mm motorized touch-sensitive faders from Alps one for each channel, plus a master fader for that pro console look and feel. With support for an unlimited number of banks, the Mackie MCU Pro can handle as many channels as your music production software can throw at it. Each fader channel also has a genuine Mackie rotary V-Pot, surrounded by an LED collar to indicate the current value, and dedicated buttons for record ready, solo, mute, channel select, and signal present LED. In addition, the master section includes buttons for navigating channels individually or in banks of eight as well as for software specific controls like assigning I/O, sends, EQ, dynamics, and plug-ins to name a few.
Master of Your Application
Mackie knows it doesnt matter to you how many applications the Mackie Control Universal Pro works with what matters is that it works with yours. While the Mackie MCU Pro is compatible with all major music production software, it is also designed to specifically work with your application just access your software parameters in the master section and you can get right down to action. Mackie even supply pre-labeled Lexan overlays for your application so it not only functions like the Mackie MCU Pro was designed for your software alone, it looks that way, too.
Connect just a single USB cable and you are up and running with the Mackie MCU Pro. And the built-in MIDI interfaces lets you add up to three Mackie MCU XT Pros without the need for external hardware. Or use the MIDI I/O to hook up your classic MIDI gear and work on your ELO covers.
Mackie MCU Pro 8-Channel Control Surface Features
- Proprietary Mackie communication protocol for seamless music production software integration
- 100mm Touch-sensitive Alps motorized faders
- V-Pot control over software, plug-in effects and virtual instruments
- More than 50 dedicated push-buttons for fine control of software parameters
- Tape-style transport controls
- Full meter display with track names and parameters
- Quick cursor-style buttons for Up, Down, Left, Right and Zoom
- Onboard USB MIDI interface for direct connection to Mac or PC and up to 3 additional pieces of external MIDI gear
- Software-specific Lexan overlays included
- Expandable via optional Mackie Control Extender Pro and C4 Pro modules
Mackie MCU Pro 8-Channel Control Surface Specifications
- Input/Output: Midi in / Midi out
- USB Format: USB 1.1
- Power Requirements:
- Power: 7.5V DC, 3.0A – 4.0A
- External AC-DC Adapter: 1.0A, 100 VAC – 240 VAC, 50 – 60 Hz
- Size (H x W x D): 4.4 x 16.5 x 16.9 in / 113 x 419 x 429 mm
- Weight: 16.8 lb / 7.6 kg
Mackie MCU Pro 8-Channel Control Surface Includes
- Mackie MCU Pro 8-Channel Control Surface
- Owners Manual
- 1 Year Warranty
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i have been using mackie controllers for a while for me one of best if not the best , many controllers came after the Mackie MCU PRO ranking in the first five, that's a plus it's time mackie re visits the MCU PRO and improves the cosmetics and improves features and don't let it die,abandon like some manufactures do, still one of the best out there, the price has not varied by much over the years ! should say much about the unit , i'm waiting to see whats next for this great control surface
i sold my old 2008 mcu pro, the market showed the possibilities new and better things ! short story I've since returned to the mcu pro 2012 version no shame , lol what is practical ? it functions as they said it would great built rugged don't regret it get it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Very intuitive controls on the Universal pro, it comes with lexan overlays to customize it to the DAW program you use.. It doesn't come with an Ableton one, but it does have Sonar (which I use), Cubase and Protools. Programmable buttons are cool.. So far it's worked for what I need it to do, but the only thing thats stopped functioning properly is the motors for the faders, in some channels particularly the 5th and the master get stuck all the way at the bottom. Overall though its good if your not looking to bust your budget on a large controller but still need the flexibility of a Pro console.