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MasterControl

Complete Studio Interface and Control System
 
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Audio Interface + Control Surface + Control Room Manager = MasterControl

 

Itís a simple equation, and we know that as a musician, youíre not fond of math, but MasterControl really is the sum of its three distinct studio-management factors.

MasterControl eliminates your need for individual analog and digital audio interfaces, speaker switching and routing units, mixing and transport-control surfaces, hardware volume controls, and more. The only piece of gear you need to input all of your sources into your DAW; the only piece of gear you need to control recording and editing; and the only piece of gear you need to run professional tracking and mixing sessions is MasterControl. We even throw in two powerful recording and production programs: Steinberg Cubase LE 4 and Ableton Live Lite 7.


Master Audio Interface
MasterControl is a 24-bit, 192kHz, high-resolution, low-latency audio interface. It is capable of nearly any input type and quantity, with a flexible and generous output section. It features low-latency FireWire computer connectivity for Mac and PC. The single cable carries all audio and control data from MasterControl to your DAW.

MasterControl contains eight analog inputs. Inputs one and two offer XLR connection, high-definition, discrete-design preamplifiers, 48V phantom power, and channel inserts. Inputs three through eight contain 1/4" TRS, line jacks. MasterControlís input section can be expanded to handle up to 24 simultaneous inputs, including dual ADAT Lightpipe, coaxial, and optical S/PDIF. Six analog outputs and 16-channel MIDI I/O further extend MasterControlís impressive I/O capabilities.


Extensive Control Surface
MasterControl contains hands-on controls for confidently running tracking and editing sessions. Multiple banks of assignable controllers enable access over 50 software parameters in real time.

Nine touch-sensitive, 100mm, motorized, capacitive Alps faders deliver the hands-on mixing experience that mixing in software with a mouse simply cannot rival. MasterControl has eight assignable knobs that access three control banks each and two banks of eight assignable buttons that access two control banks each. Dedicated transport controls and a multifunction jog wheel complete the tactile control package.

MasterControlís DSP-driven internal mixer enables hardware-direct monitoring with zero discernable latency. It employs the industry-standard HUI protocol for communication with all popular DAW software, and requires no mapping for seamless interoperation. Building upon the standard, MasterControl also enables editing of templates and presets for customization. A large, dedicated display provides real-time visual feedback of all actions, and preview button allows safe audition of controls prior to sending commands to the DAW.


Control Room Management
MasterControlís built-in speaker switching enables you to easily switch between multiple sets of monitor loudspeakers for ease of mix-accuracy checks. An internal talkback microphone enables easy communication with musicians while tracking.

Three pairs of independently assignable stereo outputs with dedicated, active mute buttons place the engineer squarely in the driverís seat. With flexible, direct monitor routing, sources are assignable through any and all output pair(s). Dual, independently assignable stereo headphone outputs with independent gain controls further extend the output capabilities of MasterControl. The dedicated talkback microphone can be engaged from the control surface or using an optional footswitch.


Superior Audio Processing
MasterControl employs an advanced DICE II chip with JetPLLô technology for clock-stable firewire-audio streaming and routing. JetPLL nearly eliminates audio-band jitter, greatly improves imaging, and decreases digital noise, all of which combine to deliver peerless sync.

As digital audio devices are added to a system, they increasingly create system-additive audio-band clock jitter. Variation between device clocks can actually fall outside the ability of some devices to cope, causing failure. JetPLL is extremely tolerant of wide variations in clock frequencies. Its hybrid design incorporates noise shaping to virtually remove audio-band jitter. This technology ensures the highest possible converter performance, resulting in better separation.

MasterControl contains 114 dB, 24-bit, 192 kHz stereo analog-to-digital converters. Sampling, analog-to-digital conversion, and anti-alias filtering are performed by MasterControlís 24-bit, stereo ADCs at sample rates up to 192 kHz per channel. They employ a 5th-order delta-sigma modulator followed by low-latency digital filtering, eliminating the need for external anti-alias filtering and providing excellent noise rejection.

MasterControl also features 114 dB, 24-bit, 192 kHz multi-channel digital-to-analog converters. MasterControlís uncompromising DAC system begins with digital de-emphasis, ATAPI channel mixing, digital-interpolation filtering, and an oversampled delta-sigma modulator. Audio is fed to the differential analog outputs through a multi-element switched-capacitor stage with low-latency IIR low-pass filtering.


Software and System Compatibility
MasterControl comes with a powerful software suite for recording and sequencing.
It includes Steinberg Cubase LE music production software with a full range of tools for audio and MIDI recording and mixing, and Ableton Live Lite, a production and performance program enabling you to create, produce and perform your music all in a single application.

MasterControl is an HUI+ control surface, meaning that it is uniquely programmable with HUI and Mackie Control compatibility for use with all popular DAWs, virtual instruments, and other audio software on Mac and PC.


JetPLL is a registered trademark of TC Applied Technologies
Mackie and HUI and trademarks of LOUD Technologies Inc.

  • FireWire connectivity: one cable carries all audio and control data
  • DICE II chip with JetPLLô technology for stable clock sync
  • Up to 192 kHz (highest available) recording / playback capability
  • Eight analog inputs, expandable up to 24 simultaneous
  • Nine Touch-Sensitive, 100mm, motorized, capacitive Alps faders
  • Eight assignable knobs, three banks each
  • Two banks of eight assignable buttons
  • Dedicated transport controls with multifunction jog wheel
  • Three pairs of independently assignable stereo outputs
  • Dual, independently assignable stereo headphone outputs
  • Flexible, direct monitor routing, assignable through any/all output pair(s)
  • Dedicated talkback microphone with control surface or footswitch operation
  • Preview button shows button parameters before sending them out to DAW
  • Steinberg Cubase LE included
  • Ableton Live Lite included
  • HUI+ Control Surface
  • Compatible with all popular DAWs, virtual instruments, and other audio software

 

INCLUDES

  • MasterControl Complete Studio Interface and Control System
  • Template inserts
  • Power supply
  • Firewire cable
  • Reference manual
  • Quick start manual
  • Software CD
  • Safety and warranty guide
  • 114dB, 24-bit, 192 kHz Stereo Analog-to-Digital Conversion
  • 114dB, 24-bit, 192 kHz Multi-Channel Digital-to-Analog Conversion

INPUTS
  • Two XLR (1/4" combo) with preamps, phantom, and channel inserts
  • Eight TRS 1/4" line inputs (including the combo jacks)
  • Optional input expansion: Dual ADAT Lightpipe, Coaxial, and selectable optical S/PDIF

OUTPUTS

  • Six 1/4" TRS
  • Two stereo headphone

MIDI

  • 16-channel I/O

CONTROLS
  • Nine Touch-Sensitive, 100mm, motorized, capacitive Alps faders
  • Eight assignable knobs (three banks each)
  • Two banks of eight assignable buttons (two banks each)
  • Dedicated transport controls with multifunction jog wheel

MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIER  
     
  • - Gain range:  +9.1dB to +59.2dB
  • - Impedance:  3.67K @ min gain; 3.33K @ max gain

LINE PREAMPLIFIER                
  • - Gain range:  -7dB to +43.1dB

MAX INPUT SIGNAL LEVELS BEFORE CLIPPING    
Mic In to Line Out:
  • - At min gain: 9.6dBu in, 18.7dBu out (gain = 9.1dB)
  • - At max gain: -40.5dBu in, +18.7dBu out (gain = 59.2dB)

Line In 1-2 Max input signal level before clipping (at midband frequencies):  
  • - At unity gain: 18.7 to 18.9dBu
  • - At min gain: 25.7 to 25.9dBu  
  • - At max gain: -24.4 to -24.2dBu   

Line In 3-6 Max input signal level before clipping:   +17.8dBu typical

FREQUENCY RESPONSE 
           
Line Inputs 1-6 (Measured to Line Output at Unity Gain):   
  • -.25dB at 20KHz, otherwise within Ī0.1dB  

Mic Inputs 1-2:   
  • - At min gain: +/- 0.1dB from 20Hz to 20kHz     
  • - At gain= 30dB: +0dB, -0.25dB from 20Hz to 20kHz   
  • - At max gain: Rolls off to -1.25dB at 20Hz, otherwise flat within 0.1dB

TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION + NOISE, SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO     

Mic Input 1-2 to Line Out (measurement bandwidth 20-22K):
At min gain with +10dBu output:
  • - THD+N:  0.0022- 0.0025%
  • - SNR:  103.3dB
At 30dB gain, +10dBu output:
  • - THD+N:  < 0.004%
  • - SNR:  102.7dB

Line Input 3-6 to Line Out (20 measurement bandwidth 20-22K):   
At unity gain, +4 to +10dBu out:
  • - THD+N:  < 0.004%
  • - SNR:  104.1dB

DIMENSIONS

MasterControl only (without power adapter, packaging):
  • 19.125" (L) x 14.5" (W) x 3.75" (H)
  • 486mm (L) x 368mm (W) x 95mm (H)

WEIGHT 
               
  • MasterControl only (without power adapter, packaging): 7 lbs., 12 oz. (3.5 kg)


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

PC

  • Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows XP SP2 (32-bit)
  • Pentium 4 3.0GHz or equivalent
  • 512MB RAM (1GB or higher recommended)
  • 5400RPM (or faster) hard drive recommended
  • FireWire 400 (IEEE1394) port

Macintosh

  • Mac OSX 10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8
  • G5 or Intel CPU
  • 512MB RAM (1GB or higher recommended)
  • FireWire 400 (IEEE1394) port
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  • Are there any special software or drivers to install to use MasterControl?

    Yes, you will need to install the drivers on the included DVD before connecting MasterControl to your computer. This quick and easy process is described in the Quickstart Guide. MasterControl can be used with several popular digital audio workstations, but if you donít already have one, we have included Cubase LE and Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition on the DVD to get you started.
  • Which software programs can I use with MasterControl?

    MasterControl has built-in presets to work with Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo, Ableton Live, Cakewalk SONAR, Logic Pro, Samplitude, Digital Performer, Pro Tools, Reason, and Soundtrack Pro. As an HUI+ controller, MasterControl is compatible with the HUI and Mackie Control standards, and is completely programmable for use with nearly any other DAW, recording, editing, or performance software.
  • How do I set up my software to work with MasterControl?

    Consult the chapter titled "Configuring Your Digital Audio Workstation Software for Use with the MasterControl" in the Reference Manual. We've provided easy, step-by-step instructions on how to set several software programs to recognize MasterControl. We've also included template overlays for these programs so you can easily identify MasterControl's assignable controls.
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MasterControl - Product Overview
893 KBpdf
MasterControl - Quick Start Guide [RevA]
3 MBpdf
MasterControl - Reference Manual [RevA]
2 MBpdf
MasterControl - Setup with Sony Acid Pro 7.0
97 KBpdf
Compatible FireWire Cards
109 KBpdf
Article - Optimizing Performance and Managing Latency
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Software & DriversSizeType
MasterControl - Macintosh Drivers [v3.5.6]
Adds Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and 10.8 Mountain Lion Support. Updated by Alesis 08/19/2011.

2 MBzip
MasterControl - Windows 7 Drivers [v3.5.3.8671]
These drivers add support for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. Updated by Alesis 06/16/2010.

2 MBzip
MasterControl - Macintosh Drivers [v3.5.3.8671]
Adds support for Mac OS 10.6.3 Snow Leopard.
Updated by Alesis 06/19/2010.

2 MBzip
MasterControl - Macintosh Drivers [v3.4.2.6300]
Adds support for Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Updated by Alesis 09/14/2009.

2 MBzip
MasterControl - Windows XP and Vista Drivers [v3.4.2.6300]
Windows XP and Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit).
Updated by Alesis 09/14/2009.

2 MBzip
MasterControl - Windows XP and Vista Drivers [v3.3.3.3355]
Windows XP and Windows Vista (32-bit only).
Originally posted: 06/11/2009

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MasterControl - Mac OSX Drivers [v3.3.3.3355]
PowerPC and Intel Mac compatible.
Originally posted: 06/11/2009
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