he Mackie Control Universal (MCU) is part of an extended family of software controllers that includes the MCU, the Mackie Control Universal Extender, an 8-channel extension for the MCU, and the Mackie Control C4, a dedicated virtual instrument and plug-in controller. Mackie developed this entire range of highly successful products in close cooperation with Apple / Emagic.
"With their recent announcement of complete support for Mackie Control Universal, Apple is affirming Mackie's position as a premier provider of hardware controllers for Apple audio and video software," stated Jamie Engen, CEO at LOUD Technologies, parent company of the Mackie brand. "We are thrilled with Apple's continued commitment to the Mackie Control Universal platform and are looking forward to working closely with Final Cut Pro users in the same way that we have with Logic Audio users for many years."
The MCU complements the expanded audio capabilities built into Final Cut Pro as well as working with Soundtrack Pro, which has been specifically designed to complement Final Cut Pro. Initial MCU implementation includes transport and jog/shuttle, cursor navigation, writing automation with touch-sensitive, motorized faders. Additional control is implemented for track arming, mute, solo, panning, and a variety of user-assignable function maps from a list of options provided within the software.
In addition to the MCU, Mackie's revolutionary Digital X Bus digital production console, also incorporates the Mackie Control Universal communication protocol-making it ideal for those looking to control Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Logic Audio and other applications while at the same time benefiting from the numerous I/O options and advanced routing capabilities available through a fully equipped digital productions console.
"Since it's introduction, the Mackie Control Universal has quickly become the leading control surface platform, with more than 7,000 units shipped worldwide and more than 15 professional-level applications currently supporting it," commented Ken Berger, Sr. Vice President of Marketing for Mackie. "The latest Apple endorsement will significantly expand the Mackie Control Universal's potential once again as Final Cut Pro users discover how real hardware faders and buttons provide them with much greater control over their powerful software than a mouse and keyboard ever could."
Soundtrack Pro will be available in May through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Soundtrack Pro is available as part of Final Cut Studio, Apple's ultimate HD video production suite which includes Final Cut Pro 5, Motion 2, DVD Studio Pro 4 and Soundtrack Pro. Full system requirements and more information on Soundtrack Pro can be found at www.apple.com/soundtrackpro.
The Mackie Control Universal, Mackie Control Universal Extenders, Mackie Control C4 and Mackie Digital X Bus are currently available through authorized Mackie dealers worldwide. More information can be found at www.mackie.com .